Do you know your WordPress website can load a lot faster if you just take a few steps for plugin optimization?
Plugins are useful: there’s no second opinion on that but some of them are resource-heavy.
Thankfully, scores of alternative exist— many of which— aren’t resource heavy but do the job just as well.
This post is about those plugins that can shave seconds off your site’s loading time and make your site lite.
It isn’t always about reducing the number of plugins but more about deleting plugins that are resource intensive. Those plugins do a number of API calls and run several times and thus reduce the efficacy of your site.
Let’s chop chop.
Delete unnecessary plugins
Even though resource-heavy plugins are the culprit as indicated in the preface there’s no one stopping you from deleting plugins that aren’t as useful as they once used to be.
Perhaps you wanted to test something and forgot to delete it.
Plugins like Broken Link Checker are absolutely essential because often times it’s the link in the comments that show 404 errors.
They start a new site and want to promote it with some comments and very soon they lost interest and site doesn’t remain. Difficult to check everything on your own.
I will come to this later.
For now, let me give some other example.
I have an image zoom plugin which I find to be redundant now. So off it goes.
It used to zoom images if someone clicked on it but I find it doesn’t work all too well with my site.
I also used to have a no follow external links plugin but discovered the following external links isn’t all to bad.
So deleted that.
CommentLUV has fallen to disrepair and the concept of tricking others with commentluv links is no longer relevant.
For those still thinking that commentluv links are do follow let me break this to you. Most of the aren’t. There’s an option inside the plugin that allows you to no follow links. I came to know of that when I won the plugin in a blogging competition and was devastated.
Most bloggers execute the option. Even if they don’t commentluv is old news. So I deleted that.
With some work you can zero in on plugins that aren’t useful. Or come up with alternative ways to do things that otherwise took a plugin. Perhaps a snippet of code can replace what your plugin does.
Use alternatives for resource intensive plugins
I began by talking about Broken Links checker.
No doubt it’s useful. But you don’t need a plugin to scan all your blogposts for broken links every 72 hours.
Some fix it for 24 hours.
It isn’t necessary. You can activate the plugin once in month, make it do its rounds, delete the broken links and deactivate it.
It’s a simple trick but your web-host would thank you.
Yet Another related posts plugin is another resource heavy plugin.
Instead use Zemanta. Or use a premium plugin that has fewer lines of code thus requiring fewer api calls.
Some things are worth the price.
All in One SEO plugin does what almost every other SEO plugin can do.
But all other plugins come with lesser lines of code and aren’t as resource intensive.
Delete and replace.
And with everything that’s happening in Google— Rankbrain, AI and automation, you’d expect SEO to make less sense anyway.
So there’s my 2 cents on optimizing your site’s load time.
How do you like it?