SpeedXray – data translator

Discover the heaviest plugins causing 80 percent of your website slowdown.
Speed up your site.

Translate the P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin output to CSV format.
Then copy-and-paste the translated data into a spreadsheet for further Pareto analysis.

Pareto principle: Discover the 20 percent of the plugins causing 80 percent of your website slowdown. Speed up your site.

This conversion service is included as part of the SpeedHospital bundle.
CSV files are used with spreadsheet programs. A CSV is a comma-separated values file. They’re used to import data into spreadsheet programs such as:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Google Spreadsheets
  • LibreOffice Calc

Instructions for the P3 data extraction process are included with your PagePipe SpeedHospital purchase.

Paste raw data from P3 plugin extraction into the top white field below.
Click the button underneath.
Converted CSV data appears in the white field below the button.

NOTE: Please remove any excess blank lines at the end of the pasted P3 data. Even one or two blank lines prevent successful conversions. Nothing then appears in the second white field.

Convert P3 plugin output to CSV format

CSV output, sorted by slowest plugin first:

Copy and paste the final CSV converted data into a spreadsheet program.

Refer to the SpeedXray video tutorial for further spreadsheet formatting instruction. The video link is in the PDF ebook download received with SpeedHospital.

Are delinquent plugins slowing your site speed?

Too many activated plugins slowing your site is a speed myth. The number of plugins isn’t important. It’s not the quantity, but the quality that affects speed. Your site can have over 80 plugins – and still, load in under 2 seconds. The WordPress average number of active plugins is 25 per website.

Another web speed myth is that popular or paid plugins are the best. It’s often the opposite. Popular plugins usually slow down sites most. Testing reveals the truth.

You can deactivate all plugins manually and then retest your site speed with Pingdom or WebPageTest.org. If the site loads faster, you know there’s a problem with one or more plugins. This tedious method requires activating plugins one at a time for problem discovery. Repeated speed tests consume time and energy.

An alternative method is the free P3 Plugin Performance Profiler plugin to check plugin load times in milliseconds. The P3 Plugin with SpeedXray is a more intelligent way to track down resource-hogging plugins.

Our goal is identifying the slowest plugins consuming 80 percent of plugin overhead.

This Pareto principle – or 80/20 rule – helps us find the sweet spot for balancing functionality and user experience with the fastest load time.

This technique is also known as value analysis. Slow plugins are  then selectively activated – or substituted with faster alternatives – or eliminated.

We rank individual plugin overhead with P3 plugin data. This is one method of quantifying performance optimization.

53 free WordPress plugins on PagePipe blog. What?!

That’s right. 53 are active. 20 are inactive. P3 says they all load in 593 milliseconds. Good enough. We suspect they load faster than that. But as we’ve said; it’s plugin rank that’s important for sorting.

Most of our inactive plugins are resource intensive – or only used for maintenance and troubleshooting. That means they hog database and RAM on the host server. If they all were running at once, most ungenerous hosting providers would – with total lack of courtesy – shutdown our site. Our resource overages affect our other 23 shared-host neighbor’s speed. Can’t upset the server neighbors!

Pareto principle is still alive! 8 of our heaviest plugins contribute to 80 percent of the cumulative weight. Roughly 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes. In this case, 80 percent of the slowness comes from 20 percent of our “heaviest” plugin choices. These slower plugins needing the most scrutiny.

In your final sorted results notice which plugins are the heaviest.

The heaviest plugins can be substituted or eliminated. Plugins that cause global site drag can be selectively deactivated using SpeedSwitch.