Feeling like your site is unusually slow. Like it’s bbbooggggiinnngg down?
A major cause of slow loading or that “boggy feeling” on WordPress sites is often caused by having too many plugins or by having poorly coded plugins. That being said; how do you figure out which plugins are causing your site to load and operate slower than it should?
The answer is a quick fix in the form on another WordPress plugin called P3 Plugin Performance Profiler (a product of GoDaddy). This plugin conducts a very thorough scan of your site’s performance; and once installed, this handy (and free) plugin will scan the existing plugins on your site and pinpoint the ones that may be slowing things down. Simply click “scan” and in less than three minutes you will have analytics that show the load times of all your plugins.
This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time. After the scan is complete, press the “View Results” button to view charts, graphs, and stats that measure the runtimes, timelines, and query numbers. The first report displays the runtime by plugin so you can easily see how much time each individual plugin is taking to load. This offers great insight into which plugins are slowing you down and whether or not they are worth keeping.
The P3 Plugin Performance Profiler report also shows details like individual plugin load times and a plugin’s impact on page load times, all of which can be emailed to clients or staff for review.
Not all plugins are created equal. Here’s a short list of plugin that are notorious for slowing things down:
- Recipe Card plugin
- Sitemeter (analytics counter)
- W3 Total Cache