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Knowledge-base sharing plugin speed tricks.
Sitedrag is our fusion word for the inexplicable, undocumented loading of plugins on every single page and post of your site. Sitedrag is bad for user experience.
We could add 42 extra discrete plugins and still be ahead of installing Contact Form 7. One fat plugin!
“Too many plugins slow down your site.” This web myth is a lie. It’s not the quantity of plugins but poor quality that slow down WordPress.
We only have 2,000 milliseconds. That’s our performance budget. If Time to First Byte (TTFB) is a typical 1 second. And HTTPS security handshaking is 500 milliseconds more. That’s means 1,500 milliseconds of speed overhead is burnt up. More sitedrag!
Now we only have 500 milliseconds remaining to load the real page assets. What’s the best solution? Read the free articles below. They will help you kill sitedrag. It can be done.
Tons of articles rave comparing the merits and disadvantages of the Astra and Divi theme. They’re often biased by affiliate
Minification is not an important optimization tactic for mobile speed.
There are 31 minification plugins in the WordPress directory. They vary
Related-posts plugins are a functional category. And there are a bunch – 38 plugins at the time of this writing.
What you should know about the Twenty Twenty theme - and potential mobile speed problems.
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“As the developer of Relevanssi, I have to agree with your premise: for most users, the WP default search is
While studying site security and speed, we tested the iThemes Security plugin. It's claimed to prevent malware injection. We're sure
"It would be excellent if one lightweight plugin provided all our basic security needs. And could replace Askimet, Wordfence,
You've read it a thousand times.
"Broken Link Checker is the best broken link checker plugin for WordPress."
Not any more.
This article explores pagebuilder plugins - in particular, Elementor pagebuilder. We examine inherent page speed hazards and fears. We point
Slow plugins? It's not the quantity, it's the quality that makes a difference. Web designers can't be arbitrary in loading
Focus on reducing image file sizes for ultrafast mobile page speed. We've written an ebook about JPEG image optimization. Seventy
Before you read our post: read this one first offsite:
What's the verdict on how Gutenberg editor affects WordPress load time?
Google Analytic code causes your site to fail two speed tests. And the test criteria are invented by the web-demigod
WooCommerce plugin is one of the worst for slowing down pages. Slow sites come across as poor quality. Most of
Affliate links are a way to monetize a WordPress website. We don't do monetization on PagePipe - but many websites
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Creative performance optimization.
by PagePipe staff
This episode shows you how to speed up the
This request - admin-ajax.php - can cause a 436-millisecond parallel delay. Many try to eliminate the delay. It's a popular
We snoop on WPMU DEV often. Some may call this snooping industrial espionage. Maybe? It makes us feel 007ish. WPMU
We don't recommend using Google’s PageSpeed Insight tools for doing mobile website benchmarking – or even for desktop. We avoid
Notification bars run across the top of a website. They display valued information. Such as a link to a newsletter,
Let's examine one of the Internet's bigger speed service shakedowns: WP Faster. NOTE: Their home page loads in 2.76 seconds in
Like many people, you may hate website popups. What's a popup? It's that annoying type of window - or web
Learn the truth about Elementor mobile-speed rumors.
This article is based on our experiments. If lazy load and Elementor work together
"A single YouTube embed can load up to 400KB of data before you even hit the play button."
Is a 2-second
Selective activation of plugins is a favorite strategy for speeding up WordPress websites. Now you can use plugin skills to
Yes. "Autodescription" is a worthy plugin. It's benign. We've tested it. It's good for speed. But we don't advocate SEO
Choosing a plugin would be easier if WordPress permitted a little more repository information. Author-generated advice is untrustworthy because it's
PageSpeed Ninja plugin claims:
"PageSpeed Ninja is the ultimate WordPress performance plugin. You can make your site load faster on
There are several ways to disable Gutenberg block editor. Why to do this is obvious. If you've used WordPress for
What matters and what doesn't about plugins in the WordPress world? Frequent questions are often web myths. But don't worry
It's a myth that using many plugins will slowdown your website. Being sloppy in judging plugin quality or necessity is
Why does Google repeatedly mess up web speed? We don't know. The harder they try - the worse it gets.
When website owners do site speed testing, they eventually observe plugins get loaded on every page, adding to code bloat
PagePipe ComboPack includes:
issue #1 - Mail.Me - Contact Form 7 plugin alternatives. MAIL.ME details
issue #2 - Fly.Me - Hummingbird plugin
We generally think image sliders are a bane. We've written about the problems before. But if your client is insistent
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.
The missing WP Super Simple Speed plugin is still available to download on GitHub.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he plugin author removed the plugin because
Below is a description and list of many plugins previously used on PagePipe. And the one we use today. Even
Performance benchmarks use scores from Pingdom.com, WebPagetest.org, or GTMetrix.com.
Oddly, no one mentions speed test scores don't matter. It's milliseconds that
Autoptimize is a multipurpose plugin. In most cases, we hate multipurpose plugins like Jetpack or Yoast SEO. They're bloated, slow,
"Wordfence is slowing down our site. What's PagePipe's suggestion?"
Removing the WordFence Security plugin speeds up your site. When you pull