Plugins are usually the main reason behind a slow loading of a WordPress website. To speed up your website, follow these simple steps and offer your audience an annoyance free WordPress site.

You cannot simply live without plugins in WordPress since they offer some great features that you would essentially need in your website. With every installed plugin, there comes more code, more queries of database, and thus more work for the server. Plugins usually don’t work pretty well together because of the programming conflicts.

To solve this problem, you need to find the plugin that is creating the entire problem and remove it. Usually, you can find an alternate for that plugin that works well for you.

Finding Slow Plugins

There are several ways through which you can find your required slow plugin however, the basic ones include

  • Divide and Conquer
  • Plugins

Divide and Conquer

This is a simple method where you disable all the present plugins and measure your website speed. Now enable ½ of the plugins and check the speed. If the website becomes slow, disable half of the enabled plugin and check the speed. If your website is still fast, enable ½ of the remaining plugins.

Keep doing this process of splitting the plugins and enabling and disabling unless you find the plugin or plugins that are causing problem. It is the simplest method to follow.

Plugins

Then there are plugins again to check which plugins are slowing down your site. The most popular plugin is P3 Plugin Performance Profiler. This plugin makes a profile of all the installed plugins by checking their impact on the load time of the site. Usually, WordPress sites load slow due to poor configuration of these plugins or if there is a plethora of them. The P3 plugin allows you to figure out anything becoming a reason of slowdown of your website.

Fixing Plugins

Now, when you have figured out the problematic plugins, don’t uninstall them straight away, there are ways that will let you to use the same plugin still. Follow these steps to figure out if the problem can be solved before giving it up.

  • Look for Updates
The major reason that causes a plugin to slow the website is outdated plugins. These plugins usually have old code that isn’t compatible with the updated WordPress version and thus cause the site to slow down because of the errors in the markup or code.

Check the main admin page and on the top of the page you will find the Update Available like this:

How to Fix Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

If there is a (1) beside Update Available, it means that one plugin update is available on that particular page.

When you click on the Update Available, you will be redirected to the page that will provide update link for every plugin and the available update like this:

How to Fix Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

Click on the “update now” to update that plugin.

  • Look for Alternate Plugins
If you find out that there is no recent update to the plugin and is no longer maintained then look for an alternate plugin. Once you have found the alternate, install it and see if the problem is solved.

  • Fix the Code
If you have code written particularly for you then you may need to get in touch with the developer and get the code updated. Whenever you update your WordPress version, make sure to check your custom written plugins.

To conclude this post, it is always a good idea not to go for very simple plugins like Google Analytics which you can manually install by putting the code in header or footer. Moreover, if you have ten different plugins and there is just one alternate to all ten then go for that plugin. The lesser the plugins you have the less problematic your WordPress site would be.