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How to Optimize and Speed Up Your WordPress Plugins

Posted by on Tue, Jul 23, 2013


Every WordPress developer can tell about the efficiency, high performance and responsiveness of the WordPress engine. These are the three prime reasons why web developers around the world are pegged to it. But one thing most developers specially the newbies don’t understand is that once you start loading the plugins, the performance goes spiraling down. It can even lead to the suspension of your hosting account due to the higher consumption of resources. Our team of specialist WordPress developers brought in their years of experience to help the newbies in the field by giving useful techniques that can optimize and dramatically increase the speed of WordPress plugins in order to make the overall performance better.

Remove Unnecessary Plugins

Well the title says it all. You might say that would mean losing a few site functionalities but it is as they say, better safe than sorry. Of course you might lose your desired functionality but by removing any unnecessary plug in, your site can run safely and smoothly. Also, try getting the same function through coding instead of a plugin. For example, If you want to generate a list of popular posts on your sidebar, create it by using raw HTML, so on and so forth.

Use a Cached & W3TC Plugin

You can reduce the server memory and CPU consumption immensely by serving the cached version of your web pages as this is the most effective way to speed up your site. W3TC plugin is the most speedy and efficient WordPress plug in available and works more smoothly as compared to the other WordPress plugins and it comes highly recommended by professional WordPress developers.

Optimize Post level Plugins

You need to observe that, to which part the bulk of your traffic goes. In majority cases, 20% of the traffic goes to the category section, homepage and archive section. Where as, the post section gets the 80% traffic. This analysis shows that the plugins used on the post level consume maximum resources and they need to be either optimized or removed.

Try Substituting YARPP

YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) is another plugin that consumes a lot of resources. One alternative to it that you can consider is the Efficient Related Posts Plugin. It is more efficient than other plugins because its database only updates itself whenever a new post is created or updated.

Optimize Database Tables

As any other dynamic content management system, WordPress is also generally about gathering, storing, updating and retrieving information on the database which ultimately means that optimizing database tables can enhance the website’s performance. WP-Optimize is a plug in that can do that job for you. With this plug in, you can remove the spam, deleted or unwanted comments, run optimization queries and much more.

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