Speed of the blog is really important as it is now considered as a ranking factor by Google. There are so many factors that affect the speed of WordPress. Some factors are cheap web hosting, buggy themes, heavy images, and heavy plugins. We all must try to make our blog fast as much as we can. If the issue is our web hosting, we should consider switching to popular and reliable web hosts. You can try Bluehost, Hostgator or GoDaddy. If you are using a free or nulled theme, it may be affecting the speed of your blog. Try to buy some nice and speedy themes from Themeforest. For images, I already wrote about optimizing the image with smush.it in the last post. We can also use CDN services to speed up our blog.
But what about plugins? Plugins are an important part of our blog that helps us in improving the functions of the blog. There are so many plugins available and we use all those plugins which we think will be useful. There are some common plugins which are used by most of the bloggers. But there is one thing which makes the difference. This is “Selection of Plugin.” Not every plugin installed in your blog is useful. Suppose we are thinking to add a plugin for SEO, we should select the best SEO plugin which loads fast and does efficient work. Some people have the habit of trying all plugins. It is good, but we should deactivate those plugins which are not in use. If the blog is loading slow, your plugins may be an important factor impacting the website’s speed.
How to Find Which Plugin is Slowing down Your WordPress Blog
Its time to check which plugin is slowing down your blog. Try a nice plugin called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). It analyzes your WordPress blog and gives a detail report on the performance of plugins.
Install P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) Plugin in your WordPress. Read how to install a plugin in WordPress from the dashboard. And go to the plugin page. Here start a new scan with auto scan and wait till plugin finish scanning.
After a few minutes (Depending upon the number of plugins you have installed in your WordPress)
This is the test result I found when I ran the test.
Now see what plugin is taking maximum time. If the plugin is necessary for you, try to find the lighter alternative. If not try to see other plugins taking time. Remove all unnecessary plugins.
It also shows other kinds of breakdown and timeline graph. It will help you to better understand what and how a plugin is affecting the speed of your website.
Try it in your own blog and share your experience with us.