Wordpress Plugins to *AVOID* (speed issues etc, Help others out!)

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I see so many blog posts about the best wordpress plugins.. how about one's to avoid? since wordpress is so popular and a lot of "newbies" use it, a bad plugin can make or break their entire future if they dont know how to trouble shoot something that's faulty... So, I figured I'd start this thread as I ran into a problem, and was close to hiring help, until I found a very simple issue


Do NOT use CKeditor. Use TinyMCE Advanced editor.


My website was loading unbelievably slow. I couldn't figure out what was going on after switching themes, installing cache plugins, doing everything I could. Come to find out, the CKeditor (to edit your posts), actually loads java script on your WEBSITE when people visit... I found this out with pingdom.com and yslow by yahoo (google it).



Here were my loading stats with / without CK editor


CKeditor loading time ALONE - 3.2 seconds!
score of 42 on y slow (very bad)
total site load time - 9.3 seconds on pingdom


TinyMCE Loading time - 0 seconds! (does not load to your visitors)
score of 68 on yslow (I can still improve but MUCH better than before)
total site load time - 6.9 seconds on pingdom




CKeditor is the first 5-star editor that comes up with you put in "wysiwyg" (what you see is what you get) in the wordpress plugin search. And its the only 5star editor I see. Common sense says to download it. Though this plugin is just one example, its no telling how many poor newbies (myself included cus I'm not a pro) are out their with slow loading sites because of this plugin.



I also suggest WP Super Cache over W3 total Cache, and Headspace 2 over All in one SEO. My performance and just overall functionality is much better with the other 2.


If you have any insight on faulty plugins, share the knowledge!
#avoid #issues #plugins #speed #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author angel1987
    I don't really understand how to use WP Super Cache, it has so many options on settings page. It also gave me warning messages so i think it is not even compatible with latest version of wordpress?
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    • Profile picture of the author MarketingVet09
      Originally Posted by angel1987 View Post

      I don't really understand how to use WP Super Cache, it has so many options on settings page. It also gave me warning messages so i think it is not even compatible with latest version of wordpress?
      Hi, no, it definitely is. to be honest, supercache is a lot less confusing than w3 total cache. Just make sure you have the latest version, download it directly from the wordpress plugin menu.

      Honestly, just go through the settings and check everything that says "recommended".. To be honest, w3 total cache actually seemed to slow my site DOWN. It really did not help at all, and some of the settngs are confusing if you are a novice.

      Try deleting super cache completely, and making sure you dont have any other cache plugins installed, and making sure your THEME dosent have SEO options built in (i know its possible because mine does), and after that, download super cache from the wordpress admin panel.

      hope it works
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  • Profile picture of the author P.Sharma
    IMHO you should DELETE any plugin that you do not use. Every plugin that you install slows down your blog a little bit. You want to have not more than 7-8 plugins running on a blog.

    Try PAGE SPEED, to see how well your page loads
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil Macks
      Thanks for that advice P.Sharma. I've just gone in and trimmed down all of the plugins that I am not using. Hopefully it should speed the load time up a little

      I also just activated WP SuperCache. See how it goes
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  • Profile picture of the author arren86
    If your Wordpress blog is content or media file based such as images or video, you may consider on using CDN services for caching its static content and eventually speeding up the loading speed.
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  • Profile picture of the author fengshui1988
    Both W3 and Super Cache are popular cache plugin but I am not sure if they actually speed up my site. I have used Super Cache and I am trying out W3 now.
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    • Profile picture of the author dawnbreaker
      Woah, I owe you for sharing this information.

      Originally Posted by fengshui1988 View Post

      Both W3 and Super Cache are popular cache plugin but I am not sure if they actually speed up my site. I have used Super Cache and I am trying out W3 now.
      Feng, I am now using W3 and it speed up the loading of my site...

      I have also deleted all plug-ins I am not using...

      This thread helps me a lot on my page loading problems.
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