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Another way I do it is to download a backup of the current database.

Play around as much as you want, and when you’re finished, delete the trial plugins (and any media you may have added) and upload your original database.

You can then install the plugins that you found you wanted.

This has the added advantage of picking up any plugin conflicts.

Of course, if you’re doing it on a live site with a lot of traffic, you would put it into maintenance mode during that time.

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Thanks for adding another method, @aussie.

My primary purpose for this service is probably not obvious. What I do is create a new installation and run it through, say, GTMetrix, to determine baseline performances numbers. Then, I install a single plugin and re-run the tests to determine how that single plugin affects the performance. I don’t use many 3rd party plugins, but, this greatly helps to avoid installing plugins that would bog down my site.