Posted 02/17/2014 at 9:31 AM
Posted 4 years ago
To ensure that your website runs fast, it’s important to find out which WordPress plugins could slow down your site. A fast loading website definitely attracts more visitors, and there are many WordPress plugins that can slow down your website.
The process of finding these plugins is very easy, and it requires the help of a plugin called the P3 Plugin Performance and Profiler.
Here’s how you can use this plugin:
First, install the plugin. There are two ways of doing this. You can download the plugin from the WordPress.org site, or, go to the plugin section of WordPress admin dashboard and click the “Add New” option. Find the plugin by typing its name: ‘P3’.
Once you install the plugin, you can look for the scan page in your WordPress admin’s ‘Tools’ section. This will be present under the ‘P3 Plugin Profiler’ title.
Next, scan the plugin by clicking the ‘Start Scan’ button. Scanning will take some time, and it’s better if you do it a few times so as to get an average result. You might get marginally different results each time.
The next step requires you to analyze the results. For this, you can click on the ‘View Results’ button. By doing so, you can check speed statistics and a pie chart that will show you the individual run times as well.
Next, it’s time for you to act on the results. Consider all the plugins that are installed and being used, and decide if you really need all of them. Maybe you can choose for a more lightweight alternative to that plugin or plugins.
In the last step, just do a re-run of the test, and see the impact of the changes that are made. Do it a few times to ensure the accuracy of the results.
Although this exercise won’t make your website faster instantly, it will help you understand which plugins may be part of that slowdown.
Having a lean site without unnecessary plugins also means less possibility of conflicts, and less updates in the future.
Once your work is done, you can deactivate the P3 Profiler and reactivate it in the future, if required.