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This article explores page builder plugins - in particular Elementor and it's increasing abandonment. We examine inherent page speed hazards and
What's the verdict on how Gutenberg editor affects WordPress load time?
Some say Gutenberg slows down WordPress core from 24 milliseconds
Plugin retention is the percent of active installs divided by the number of all-time downloads.
Complete Analytics Optimization Suite (CAOS)
We snoop on WPMU DEV often. Some may call this snooping industrial espionage. Maybe? It makes us feel 007ish. WPMU
Loading plugins redundantly and globally decreases the speed of your pages. It's best to deactivate heavy plugins on pages where
Lazy loading is a technique for deferred loading of page content. It's loaded when it’s needed rather than all at
Notification bars run across the top of a website. They display valued information. Such as a link to a newsletter,
We demonstrate a common but little understood speed problem usually labeled as Leverage Browser Caching. Various tests report this fault
WordPress works fine. But you need plugins to add extra features and functionality. Without plugins, junk WordPress. Plugins give you
Google Analytic code causes your site to fail two speed tests. And the test criteria are invented by the web-demigod
Many WordPress site owners cause damage when adding a popular contact-form plugin. Contact forms can hurt your load time. Not
Like many people, you may hate website popups. What's a popup? It's that annoying type of window - or web
Let's examine one of the Internet's bigger speed service shakedowns: WP Faster. NOTE: Their home page loads in 2.76 seconds in
Choosing a plugin would be easier if WordPress permitted a little more repository information. Author-generated advice is untrustworthy because it's
It's a myth that using many plugins will slowdown your website. Being sloppy in judging plugin quality or necessity is
Calculating retention rate is a indicator of usefulness – rather than popularity (active installs). To determine ballpark retention rate: Take “active
Today, PagePipe uses 70 plugins. About 30 not updated for over 1 year. Some for many years. We're not embarrassed
Why does Google repeatedly mess up web speed? We don't know. The harder they try the worse it gets. Here's
Affliate links are a way to monetize a WordPress website. We don't do monetization on PagePipe - but many websites
Want to use the MailChimp WP Subscribe form on the default WordPress Twenty-seventeen theme?
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We admit there are times we find new plugins and think we know their function – only to find out
Your plugin choices affect website speed. But how much plugins affect load time varies from a thousandth of a second
Comments are a unique and tightly integrated feature of blogging. But the Internet has changed. It's an uglier, more cruel
Using the Disable Emojis plugin removes the emoji functionality added in WordPress 4.2. WordPress does not need emoji. Probably, the
PagePipe is anti-waste and pro-thriftiness about more than just web speed. We don't like the misuse of any web resources.
Where is the missing WP Super Simple Speed plugin?
It's still available to download on GitHub.
The plugin author removed the plugin
Focus on reducing image file sizes for ultrafast mobile page speed. We've written an ebook about JPEG image optimization. Seventy
Below is a description and list of 45 plugins previously used on PagePipe. Even with this many plugins, load time
On the Internet, there exist widgets – or interface components. They allow connecting your site to specialty services. These are
We don't recommend using Google’s PageSpeed Insight tools for doing mobile website benchmarking – or even for desktop. We avoid
From our experience with WordPress search, we get better results without the search enhancement plugin Relevanssi. It shuts down or
Minification is not an important optimization tactic for mobile speed.
There are 31 minification plugins in the WordPress directory. They vary
While studying site security and speed, we tested the iThemes Security plugin. It's claimed to prevent malware injection. We're sure
Google's ambitious AMP project (October 2015) speeds up the entire mobile web. Right!? It's a WordPress speed miracle - wait!
Often blogs posted by other authors recommend "the best" plugins. We ignore these Disneyland fantasies fabricated by errant or evil
We had a weird problem appear on PagePipe and a client site. We're using a plugin called: WP Post Navigation.
We generally think image sliders are a bane. We've written about the problems before. But if your client is insistent
Slow plugins? It's not the quantity, it's the quality that makes a difference. Web designers can't be arbitrary in loading