One important factor in search engine ranking of your website is: how fast or slow does your website load? One way to analyze WordPress load problems is to use the P3 Plugin. The P3 Plugin or Plugin Performance Profiler was developed by the tech staff at GoDaddy presumably because they had a lot of WordPress users with slow loading sites that needed to pinpoint the performance issues.
Background: I had a client whose site was running way too slowly. Initially, I thought the problem might be with the web host, with the slideshow or with the photo gallery. When I ran the P3 plugin, I discovered a specialized redirect plugin a previous web manager had installed was causing the major issues. Once that plugin was replaced by code and other changes, the site ran faster than it did before (although it could still use some performance enhancing due to other plugins and the current theme).
Why is load time on your website important?
As stated on Google’s Webmaster blog: Speeding up websites is important — not just to site owners, but to all Internet users. You don’t want to lose your readers while the page is loading, do you? Luckily, there are tools for understanding page load issues and for manipulating and changing the results.
Before getting into the details of the P3 plugin, you can also try out Google’s Page Speed insights. It won’t give you as much information as the P3 Plugin, but it’s a great place to start: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights. Actually, it gives a different kind of information and deserves a separate post of its own.
P3 Plugin Shows WordPress Plugins Analytics
First, install the plugin. Run the scan. You can email yourself (or your client) the results.
The plugins that take the most load time are listed as individual pieces of the pie. For the rest, there is a little sliver called other.
My plugin load time on this blog is only .336 – I’m not terribly concerned about load time on this blog. On another site I manage, it is all the way up to 4.815 seconds per visit. That site is going to need more work.
You can see the breakdown in the pie chart by plugin. If one plugin in particular is causing an issue, it will probably show up as a big piece of the pie. Be sure to also check out detailed breakdown:
In this chart, no plugin in particular is high in the chart. On another site, I saw a plugin rising high over the other ones – it was a great cue to dispense with that plugin.
Your Turn, Please
Have you experienced load time problems? How did you solve the issue (if indeed you did)? Have you used diagnostics to evaluate your site? Have you visited sites that you wished used performance diagnostics?