Site drag defined & speed

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Site drag is globally loading a plugin on every page and post of your site even if the plugin isn’t used. This doesn’t appear in a speed test waterfall. It’s masked inside the HTML load time. Plugin authors don’t report this effect. The goal is to use value-analysis decision-making techniques. We borrow value analysis from the industrial-manufacturing process. It’s a way to build quality and
efficiency into products. In our case, it helps us optimize web performance.

Many developers and site owners don’t understand plugins are often global loading. We call this “site drag.” Let’s say you install Contact Form 7 plugin’s shortcode on your contact page. You’d think, “Well, it only slows down that page.” That, unfortunately, isn’t true. Contact Form 7 slows every single post and page of your site by 42.8 milliseconds. That’s site drag. Site drag is never revealed anywhere in plugin specs or read.me files. You have
to test. Contact Form 7 is the same as adding Google Fonts or a large header image to every page. But the plugin author doesn’t tell you that bad news.

Site drag is globally loading a plugin on every page and post of your site even if the plugin isn’t used. This doesn’t appear in a speed test waterfall. It’s masked inside the HTML load time. Plugin authors don’t report this effect.

The goal is to use value-analysis decision-making techniques. We borrow value analysis from the industrial-manufacturing process. It’s a way to build quality and efficiency into products. In our case, it helps us optimize web performance.

Many developers and site owners don’t understand plugins are often global loading. We call this “site drag.” Let’s say you install Contact Form 7 plugin’s shortcode on your contact page. You’d think, “Well, it only slows down that page.” That, unfortunately, isn’t true. Contact Form 7 slows every single post and page of your site by 42.8 milliseconds. That’s site drag.

Site drag is never revealed anywhere in plugin specs or read.me files. You have to test. Contact Form 7 is the same as adding Google Fonts or a large header image to every page. But the plugin author doesn’t tell you that bad news.

Godspeed-

Steve Teare
performance engineer
May 2021

 

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