How to Find slow WordPress Plugins on your Site

Your WordPress is down or being lazy like the sloth?

This could be irritating when your website goes slow and you are now able to figure out the reason behind it.

Have you faced the same? I am sure you have, In fact, everyone does.

No one wants to stay on the slower web site, so it’s quite wise to keep an eye on your website speed.

Reasons behind WordPress Slows Down

There are many reasons behind WordPress performance issues.

One of them is, messy Database,

Messy Database – That means, files that are not in use, but still stays there. So, it’s better to clean that regularly. but doing it manually could be tricky.

I have already written an article, how we could clean up the WordPress database in just a few clicks.

Bad themes and plugins – Few plugins and themes may also slow down your website or blog. It happens to many of us. In a hurry, we install any plugin from the WordPress library and could result badly slowing down the website.

In a certain scenario, a WordPress user always uses to wonder if they could have a WordPress plugin detector, which could tell them which one to use.

Guess what, fortunately, it’s there. We are going to see how a plugin let you know which plugin is slowing down your website.

Sounds Amazing?

Let’s a have a look, how to find out which plugins are affecting your site.

Relevant read: Security risks of using nulled WordPress themes and plugins

Find out Slow WordPress Plugin: P3 WordPress Plugin Detector

Though, it’s quite difficult to point out any of the culprit plugins manually. We can do that by uninstalling WordPress plugins one by one, or else you can also deactivate all the WordPress plugin in one go from the database.

But, finding it manually could be time taking. So here let’s see it with the help of a plugin.

p3 plugin performance profiler plugin

Step 1. Download P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin, then install and activate it.

This plugin is not updated for quite some time. But, works fine with the latest WordPress versions as well.

Step 2. Now Navigate to Plugins Installed Plugins, and look for the P3 Profile plugin.

p3Profiler scan

Step 3. Hit the Scan Now link button.

website scanning slow plugins

This will scan your whole site and installed plugins in just a few mins. Be patient, because next will be the big thing for you.

For creating this tutorial, I have installed more plugins, so that we can see the changes in the load time and impact of the slower plugins.

There you go, all the results will be displayed, which will include

  • Total plugins installed
  • Load Time of your site
  • Plugin Impact on the load time
  • SQL queries running per visit along with a pie chart of the plugins:
speed test slower plugins

By, looking at the pie-chart, we see the few of the plugins like Jetpack and Wordfence security plugin is taking more time to load.

These were just a few examples amongst the other fast plugins. But yes, Jetpack and WordFence have great benefits for your site.

Now, this is quite easy to find out the plugin which had an impact and slowing down your site.

Though you have already found out about it, now it’s time to uninstall those plugins. But, before deactivating those plugins, it would be great to find alternative plugins.

Bonus Tip: It’s always wise to install plugins, on any of your demo sites before putting them on your main site. As the plugin and themes always leave some files even after installing them. And moreover, experiments should not affect your main site at all.

Once done with removing the slower plugins and replacing its alternatives. Make sure you clean your WordPress database.

gtmetrix test

And finally, test your site speed, you will be able to boost up site speed. You can give it a try on the Pingdom Website Speed Test. We should always use a WordPress plugin performance monitor which could notify what’s going wrong with your site.

Do share, how you could able to boost your site speed after finding the better alternatives. And which WordPress plugin detector you use already?

I would love to hear your thoughts and could be useful for the fellow readers too! Do share this article if it helped you so that others could also make an advantage and boost their site speed by removing the slower plugins.

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Authored by Navin Rao

A blogger and with a go-getter attitude Navin is a web geek and loves to write about WordPress. Able to guide even a non-techie to maintain a WordPress website through his walkthrough tutorials on WordPress.

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5 thoughts on “How to Find slow WordPress Plugins on your Site”

  1. Hi Navin,
    I have a serious problem with plugins slowing my site down. I’m waiting for my tech guy to help me but he’s currently busy. I realize my search traffic is suffering as a result.

    • Hi Janice, It is important to check and use good plugins. Follow the steps above and eliminate the culprit plugin which slowing down the website. Though there are several more ways to improve site performance. You can find those articles right here.

  2. Hi Navin,

    I’ve used most of the plugins you’ve listed. Some, like the performance profiler, also slows down my blog. Still use it for regular check on other plugins, but after the check-up, I delete it until I run the next check-up. Thanks for a helpful list of plugins.

    • Hi Edward, Generally it happens if used plugin is not well coded. So it would be always wise to test a plugin locally or on any of the demo site.


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