WordPress Plugins and Site’s Load time: what’s the catch?

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WordPress is an open source blogging platform based upon PHP and MySQL. It was launched in the year 2011. About 22% of the new websites created uses WordPress as their platform; WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) on the net today. One of the features that make WordPress so popular is its rich WordPress Plugins collection. WordPress Plugins provide users and developers with the option of enhancing their WordPress account besides the regular features given by default WordPress account.

Currently WordPress has a collection of over 18,000 Plugins that range from providing security to adding different widgets. WordPress is regularly updated so it may happen that all of the Plugins may not work properly and some Plugins might affect your blog performance. The following points will give a brighter picture of WordPress and their Plugins and how you can increase your site performance:

1. The more WordPress Plugins you use, more time your site will take for loading. Some WordPress Plugins add little code to every page so generally they have no effect on site’s performance but there are Plugins that add major codes such as jQuery and CSS to every page, which in turn reduces your site’s performance. The loading speed may get severely bad if these Plugins keep adding jQuery files to the pages. You can disable the additional files that these Plugins add to each page. You can either combine multiple files in one file or load these files on pages which uses script or files.

Being an open source blogging platform, WordPress provides you with the option of disabling these scripts that these Plugins use. You will have to edit the codes from the “theme editor” section of WordPress.

2. There is a plug-in WP-PageNavi, which gives an option to the users by which you can disable the files used by the Plugins from the dashboard itself. So, you will not be required to edit the coding part.

In the page navigation section of the plug-in, just select the first option of “pagenavi.css”. This plug-in enhances the performance of your site by just using a check box.

3. Some Plugins may add additional JavaScript to certain page; you can disable this functionality of the plug-in by using editing the codes in the “Plugins.css” section of “theme editor” of WordPress.

You can remove all the blank spaces in the coding of your WordPress page. The spaces and blanks are used to give a human touch to the code page but search engine crawlers do not care about the layout of the codes, as long as they are error free. If you want your website to load faster remove all the blank spaces.

Site speed is important in terms of revenue as well, search engines tend to consider a site’s loading speed to rank them in their searches. A website that takes more time to upload might lose its online revenue as well. Plugins have a huge impact on the performance of a WordPress blog. Before adding new Plugins to your WordPress site, test if the Plugins is compatible with your site. Always try to use a cache version of the Plugins to optimize your loading speed.

Alyssa Clarke

About the author: This is a guest post written by Alyssa Clarke. Alyssa Clarke is a blogger who also happens to be a tech buff. She is a car lover too, especially expensive cars and her current favorite is the BMW 5 Series.