WordPress Plugin Bloat

WordPress Plugin Bloat

Trent brought to light the unintended performance impact of just activating plugins without even using them in your theme. Highslide was one of the plugins he profiled.

As our wedding cake blog has grown in traffic we’ve been working to optimize our plugins to reduce overhead.

Using Charles Proxy Tool we took a look at the entire footprint of our site and started identifying optimization opportunity areas. One area were we made gains was modifying our plugins to only load javascript libraries when absolutely needed. For example if you are only using a plugin in your category section, is it really necessary to load that library for other sections of your blog?

This approach helped reduce our overall load time and hopefully should help keep our users happy…

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