Wordfence Security & speed

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Wordfence Security

The plugins in these articles are the ones we can install for you. Fast plugins we use on all our sites.

“Time To First Byte” is server overhead. Wordfence plugin is notorious for causing bad time-to-first-byte. TTFB is a measurement of server delay in milliseconds. A good TTFB is under 200 milliseconds.

What would the TTFB for your server be under the best circumstances? To find this out, we test your host’s homepage with ByteCheck.com. That reveals the TTFB is around 140 milliseconds. That is excellent. It isn’t the server causing slow TTFB but the interaction of bloated plugins.

Your website has an average TTFB of 4 seconds – with the worst-case being almost 9 seconds. This happens before drawing the first pixel on the page. Wordfence alone isn’t responsible. But it is hitting on the server database so hard and fast, it slows down the server.

Our recommendation is not to use this plugin. We’ll replace it with 4 discrete free plugins per this article:

REFERENCE: https://pagepipe.com/is-there-any-lightweight-firewall-plugin-substitute-for-wordfence-security-plugin/

We do not recommend this security plugin. We have found it to be the culprit for up to 30-second load times if used improperly. We substitute free plugins to speed up sites.

REFERENCE: http://pagepipe.com/free-discrete-plugins-replace-bloated-security-plugins/


Steve Teare
performance engineer
May 2021


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