I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not technical enough to fix some of the things slowing down my site, but one thing I CAN fix is getting rid of unnecessary plugins that are slowing down my blog. Generally you want your blog to load in three seconds or less.
The 10-Minute Touch Up is a quick, weekly challenge to get you DOING, not just reading about doing. Consider it a way to touch up your blogging just 10 minutes at a time!
Challenge: Install the P3 plugin, run the profile, and pinpoint which plugins slow down your site’s loading time. Delete the ones you can live without. (Sorry, this week’s challenge is for WordPress.org only!)
Why: Too many plugins can slow down your blog. And if someone’s new and your site takes forever to load? They just hit the back button and mosey along to another place.
Plus slow-loading sites can affect search engine rankings as well. Zoinks! (hey Scooby Doo fans)
An article from Search Engine Land explains it like this: “web pages that load faster receive a ranking score bonus that can move them up in the organic search results.”
While you don’t need to obsess over site speed, that’s convincing enough not to ignore it completely, right?
How to Do It
Luckily, just by spending a few minutes running this plugin and taking action, you can reduce your site’s loading speed.
1. Install and activate the P3 plugin.
You can deactivate it after you run the profiler if you’d like.
2. Once installed, scroll down your plugin list and click Scan Site.
You’ll also find this under Tools from your dashboard.
3. Click Start Scan to see what on earth those silly plugins are up to.
I’ll admit- my results surprised me a little. A few of these plugins suck the everloving life out of my blog! I mean, why so selfish Woocommerce? And Woo’s pal Sensei (which houses Content Brew) is quite the punk too.
If you click on the Advanced Metrics tab, you can see your OVERALL load time. Mine was at 5.04 seconds and my plugin load time was 1.551 seconds. Not so hot.
4. Make some c-c-changes.
Are there any plugins that you aren’t using, but are still active. Wonder Twins, deactivate!
Are there plugins that you don’t really need? Outta here!
Any plugins that make up a big chunk of the pie? There might be another solution so you can get rid of the plugin. But maybe not. You won’t be able to move mountains here. The key is just getting down to the core plugins you really need.
For example, you’ll take the jQuery Pin It Button plugin from me when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands. And WooCommerce? While I am looking into another e-commerce solution, right now it stays.
If you click on Detailed Breakdown, you can see the load time of every plugin, even those listed under Other in the pie chart.
5. Run the report again and see how much your site speed decreased.
Once you deactivate or delete any plugins, run the report again and see how much your load time improved. For me, it dropped in half!
After running through this challenge, did you deactivate any plugins?
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