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Which WordPress Plugins Are Slowing Down Your Blog?


If you are using a WordPress (self-hosted) blog then you’ll probably have at least 10 different plugins installed. We use them for several purposes, let it be for improving the outer appearance or inner performance. WordPress is an Open Source project and we have thousands of developers all over the world building awesome plugins everyday.

But before using them you should first ask this question to yourself, “Do I really need them?”. Because having lot of plugins installed will surely affect your blog’s loading time. You can’t blame WordPress for this, because there are tonnes of plugins which are poorly configured.

To find out which WordPress plugins are slowing down your blog, you can use P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin. Hahah, don’t worry, you can just install this to check and you can deactivate after using it. 😛 At first when I came across this plugin, I was not very curious to try it. But when I heard it was from “GoDaddy”, I decided to give it a try.

Which WordPress Plugins Are Slowing Down Your Blog?

First we need to scan the website using P3 Plugin, it’ll check the site’s traffic and at the same time the load time of the plugins installed. After completing the scan you can check the runtime of each and every plugin in your WordPress blog. P3 plugin also gives you the number of database queries. You can save this scan profile and you can also email the reports.

Which WordPress Plugins Are Slowing Down Your Blog?

This plugin provides you a detailed timeline about every plugin installed, your current theme, and the core for every page during the profile. You can easily find out the reason behind the pages which are loading slow.

We used this plugin and it helped us to uninstall some of the not-so-useful WordPress plugins from our blog. Hope you’ll find this plugin useful as well. If you have any queries about this, feel free to comment below.


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    • Sri Ganesh.M

      Thank you for the plugin, Most Premium Plugins are take loads in server ! For their work !

      You have to optimize them and having unwanted plugin should be removed as you said. If you deactivate the plugins – i read somewhere – they should be removed too – for vulnerability.

    • Anchit

      Jetpack by WordPress is my main culprit, taking 0.5 seconds, the highest of all.
      But I cant remove that since it offers many functionalities. Rest all have nominal timing. So pretty much useless for me and no chance of reducing load time on that front I guess.

    • Saint jose

      Great post Pradeep,Really this is wonderful feature actually i don’t no this feature now am immediately installed this plugin and to know the status….Thanks for sharing & keep posting useful information…Actually am new to your blog but your posts are awesome bro…i like it.

    • Rajendra Reddy

      Load time is biggest problem every wordpress beginners are facing, thanks for sharing ps3, plugin , i was wondering to find which plugin is taking to much time, there is another benefit with this plugin is if u really need a plugin to fulfill ur needs u can simply try 2 to 3 plugins and keep one which works best on your blog.

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