Right from the first day when I started ShoutOut Ideas, I had a doubt in my mind whether WordPress plugins slow down my website or not? When I started blogging I had no idea how WordPress plugins work, I just knew plugins are bits of software that extends the functionality of a WordPress website.
As an amateur blogger, I thought the website must have WordPress plugins, therefore, I loaded a lot of plugins and eventually increased the loading time of my website.
Thereafter, I started looking for online solutions to speed up my website. I found that having a lot of WordPress plugins can slow down the loading time of the web pages.
HOW DOES WORDPRESS PLUGIN SLOW DOWN THE WEBSITE?
After doing a lot of research I came across different reasons which I am going to tell you today.
Plugins are created to enumerate the functionality or features of the website. There are many free WordPress plugins which are either compatible or inconsistent with your current WordPress version. Compatibility means how properly they work and therefore I recommend you to use only best WordPress plugins.
Having a lot of plugins is not a big deal but having plentiful of plugins which perform complex actions in the backend can squeeze out your web resources resulting in downtime of your website.
The incompatible plugins, however, add additional scripts, libraries, and CSS to your WordPress site, which is expensive for your web resources. Even charging the plugins is also crucial, however, flushing in too many can affect the performance of your website.
Whenever a page is loaded into the browser, an HTTP request is sent to the server from the client and server responds back to the client with the requested web page.
HTTP requests are simply the way by which a website requests data from servers and put together all the data in the form of web pages.
WORDPRESS PLUGINS THAT DO ADDITION OF EXTRA DATABASE INQUIRIES TO EACH PAGE
Database Inquiries have a massive impact on the performance and few plugins can make a lot of such requests. There are many plugins on WordPress which are used to track post/page views, the number of visitors or the number of comments. This information is stored in the form of SQL data on the server.
Every time a page is loaded additional requests are made between the client and server. Therefore, these plugins dramatically affect the performance by fetching SQL data from the server
WORDPRESS PLUGINS THAT NEED TO PERFORM COMPLEX OPERATIONS
There are various WordPress plugins which perform complex operations. For eg: Related Content plugin.
Such plugins create their own database and perform complex operations to build their own search engine to show you the related posts.
WordPress Security Plugins also perform complex operations in the backend and utilize good enough web resources.
POSSIBLE WORDPRESS PLUGIN SOLUTIONS
- Do not download too many plugins which perform the same task. For eg: WordPress SEO plugins.
- Minimize the use of plugins which creates additional database queries.
- Always keep your plugins updated.
- If the plugins are less in use, deactivate them.
- Try different WordPress plugins which perform the same function. Always read user reviews and if the plugin doesn’t work for you simply delete it.
- WordPress Plugins are editable and if you know editing, you can do it to load some features asynchronously.
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