Plugins are amazing for your website. Not only do they add a ton of functionality to any WordPress installation (everything from improving SEO to caching your website information), but they are just fun to use. Most of them are free, which makes them very attractive.
However, the uncomfortable truth is that they are slowing down your website. Some plugins are worth this, and you should keep them installed. Others are really hurting the user experience, which in turn is keeping your website from reaching it’s potential.
Too Many or Too Big
Having a large plugin or too many at once is a major issue. Whenever someone goes to your website, they have to load all of the information and data on the page. This means that any plugins that are being used or installed must also be loaded before the website will be finished. Dragging down your website with too much weight is going to have an adverse reaction on your website. You might think that disabling the plugin is good enough, but it really isn’t. If you want to really fix this problem, then the only thing that you can do is to erase the plugin. This might be a little uncomfortable at first if you wanted to save the plugin for later, but it’s the only way to truly speed up your website.
Unlike the WordPress system itself which is constantly being updated, many plugins are not built to the same standard. The creator might get bored, or he might not be making any money from the plugin. Regardless of the reason, the plugin just isn’t being updated. This can be terrible for several reasons. First of all, any problem that isn’t changed or edited will result in errors that become worse and worse with time. The second problem is that hackers often target plugins that aren’t updated. This can add some viruses to your website that might slow certain websites down. Updating the plugin, if possible, is the best course of action. What if you can’t update the plugin because a new upgrade hasn’t been released? It’s then a good idea to find a similar, but active, plugin and download that one. This will ensure that everything runs smoothly.
As stated above, the plugins are not coded to the same standard as the WordPress system itself. Think about it for a minute: WordPress itself was built by expert programmers and there are many new experts working on the constant updates. Plugins are programmed by amateurs and some businesses. It’s common for you to find an inefficiently coded plugin if it’s not being sponsored by a major company. While it can be hard to see the plugin really is inefficient, it might be a good idea to validate the code to see what is going on. If there is a problem with the coding, then just install a new plugin that is more efficient and erase the old one.
This is another reason why disabled plugins can dramatically slow down your website. Whenever someone loads your website, they aren’t just loading the plugins. WordPress is programmed so that it will check the blog’s database to see what plugins are available. This tells it which ones are active and where to put them when the website loads. This is a small part of the whole website loading experience, but it can really slow down your website if you have dozens of plugins installed. Once again, disabling isn’t enough. You must completely erase the plugins if you want the blog to speed up.
Use Plugin Checker
While modifying the plugin’s coding and settings will really help your website load faster, most WordPress users aren’t exactly masterful coders. It can be hard to tell which plugins are slow and inefficiently coded. A plugin checker, like P3 Plugin Performance Profiler, will check your plugins to see how long it takes them to load. This will allow you to concentrate on fixing the bad ones, rather than searching everything manually for the problem.
Plugins are great, but they also slow down your website. While sometimes this sacrifice is needed because the plugin is just so good, the truth is that it’s usually better to erase your existing plugins for the best speeds. If you want to improve your speed, then be sure to pay attention to the tips above.