Slow WordPress Website? Tip to help speed up WordPress
If you use WordPress for your website, you’ll know how convenient it is to add functionality with plugins. But, have you recently installed new plugins and noticed your WordPress website has slowed down drastically? Is your WordPress admin area super slow now as well? Chances are a plugin you’ve installed is the culprit. In this article, I’ll explain how to determine if plugins are slowing down your WordPress website.
The first thing to do is determine whether is is a plugin that’s slowing down the website. To confirm this, all you need to do is:
- Use an FTP client to navigate to wp-content/plugins on your hosting package,
- Re-name the plugins directory to something else, like ‘plugins.test’
Now log into your WordPress admin area and see if it’s loading any faster. Also make sure to check the front end of your website and navigate through a couple of pages. If you find a noticeable difference in loading time, then you know for sure that a plugin is causing the slow loading time on your WordPress website. Now that you’ve determined that a plugin is the cause of your slow WordPress website, make sure you re-name the plugins folder back to ‘plugins’!
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Most articles I’ve read give you an idiotic, time consuming method to determine which plugin is slowing down your WordPress website: de-activate ALL your plugins, then enable them one by one to determine which one is causing the issue. Now this is fine if you only have less than 6 or 7 plugins. If you have more than that, you don’t want to waste half an hour enabling plugins, checking load time, enabling the next one, check load time; right?
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I’ve found a plugin called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) that will take the pain out of determining which plugin is slowing down your WordPress website. Simply install it via the admin area (in plugins) and activate it. Then go to tools – P3 Plugin Profiler and start a scan of your website.
By default, you’ll probably already see a report on the page, but I suggest starting a new scan to get up to date results. Once the scan completes (can take a minute or so depending on your installation of WordPress), you’ll have a full pie chart report of which plugins are hogging your resources.