Avoid these 65 WordPress plugins and your site will load faster.

The most common issue is when people try to run slow loading plugins on shared hosting (especially WooCommerce, WPML, or even Elementor). If you absolutely need to run these plugins, skip the shared hosting (yes, including SiteGround) and go straight to cloud hosting.

Thank you Ivica from the WordPress Speed Up Facebook Group for creating this awesome list on his resources page – I also added quite a few. I would definitely join his group which has over 22,000 members. My WordPress speed guide also has excellent tips for optimizing plugins.

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List of slow WordPress plugins

 

*Most slow WordPress plugins include page builders (including Elementor), social sharing, statistic, slider, portfolio, calendar, chat, contact form, related post, sitemap, Jetpack, WPML, WooCommerce, and any plugin that runs ongoing scans or processes.

  1. AddThis
  2. AdSense Click Fraud Monitoring
  3. All-In-One Event Calendar
  4. Backup Buddy
  5. Beaver Builder
  6. Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps
  7. Broken Link Checker
  8. Constant Contact for WordPress
  9. Contact Form 7
  10. Contextual Related Posts
  11. Digi Auto Links
  12. Disqus Comment System
  13. Divi Builder
  14. Elementor
  15. Facebook Chat
  16. Fancy Gallery
  17. Fuzzy SEO Booster
  18. Google Analytics
  19. Google Language Translator
  20. Google Translate
  21. Google XML Sitemaps
  22. Jetpack
  23. Leaflet Maps Marker
  24. MyReview
  25. NextGEN Gallery
  26. NewStatPress
  27. Query Monitor
  28. Real Estate Website Builder
  29. Really Simple Share
  30. Reveal IDs
  31. Revolution Slider
  32. Sharebar
  33. ShareThis
  34. S2 Member
  35. SEO Auto Links & Related Posts
  36. Share Buttons by AddToAny
  37. Share Buttons by E-MAILiT
  38. ShareThis
  39. Social Discussions
  40. Sociable
  41. Similar Posts
  42. Slimstat Analytics
  43. SumoMe
  44. Talk.To
  45. Tribulant Slideshow Gallery
  46. Ultimate Social Media & Share
  47. VaultPress
  48. WooCommerce
  49. WooCommerce Customer History
  50. Wordfence
  51. WordPress Facebook
  52. WordPress Related Posts
  53. WordPress Popular Posts
  54. WordPress Social Ring
  55. WP Bakey
  56. WP Facebook Like Plugin
  57. WP Jump Menu
  58. WP Social Bookmarking Lite
  59. WP Social Share
  60. WP Statistics
  61. WP Power Stats
  62. WP-PostViews
  63. WPML
  64. wpCloaker
  65. WPML
  66. Yet Another Related Post Plugin
  67. Yoast
  68. Yuzo Related Posts

 

 

Lightweight Plugin Alternatives

 

Find Your Slowest Plugins

You can use GTmetrix Waterfall, Query Monitor, or New Relic to find your slowest loading plugins. GTmetrix Waterfall is the easiest, but it only measures plugins that create requests. Query Monitor and New Relic give you in-depth insights on your slowest WordPress plugins. Be sure to deactivate these plugins when you’re done, since they can also slow down your site.

GTmetrix Waterfall:

Slow WordPress Plugin

Query Monitor:

Query-Monitor-Slow-Plugins

New Relic:

Slow WordPress Plugins

Slow WordPress Plugins Graph

 

Disable Unused Plugin Addons, Modules, Settings, Usage Tracking

Deactivate all addons and modules you’re not currently using (Ultimate Elementor Addons, JetPack, or other robust plugins). Also disable usage tracking for plugins that collect statistics.

Disable-Addons

 

Selectively Disable Plugins

Use a plugin like Asset CleanUp or Perfmatters by Kinsta (recommend) to selectively disable plugins from pages/posts where they don’t need to load. Can significantly improve load times.

Examples:

  • Disable slider plugin on pages that don’t use sliders
  • Disable rich snippets plugin on pages that don’t use rich snippets
  • Disable contact form plugin on pages that don’t have a contact form
  • Disable affiliate link management plugin on pages that don’t use aff links
  • Disable social sharing plugin on all pages (since it’s usually for blog posts)

perfmatters-script-manager

 

AWStats Helps Identify Sources Of High CPU/Bandwidth

AWStats is a tool built-in to most hosting cPanels that provides statistics on CPU usage. It tells you whether certain bots, images, downloaded files, and even IP addresses are consuming a lot of CPU. You can also use the WP Server Stats plugin but I think AWStats does an awesome job.

AWStats helps you find:

  • High bandwidth crawlers
  • High bandwidth IP addresses
  • High bandwidth download files
  • High bandwidth files (eg. images)
  • Total bandwidth usage (for monitoring)

Robots-Spiders-Bandwidth

 

Avoid Slow Plugins On Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is very limited on server resources.

If you’re running slow WordPress plugins and are experiencing slow server response times in PageSpeed Insights, 503 errors, or you’re exceeding CPU limits, I highly recommend skipping shared hosting all together and go with someone like Cloudways. This is especially true for WooCommerce sites which require extra scripts, styles, cart fragments, and often more plugins.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

🔌 Do plugins slow down WordPress?

Yes, some more than others. Robust and poorly coded plugins will definitely slow down your site while lightweight plugins with clean code will have minimal impact on load times.

🔌 Which plugins slow down WordPress?

Page builders, social sharing plugins, portfolios, and contact forms are infamous for slowing down WordPress. Three common culprits include WooCommerce, Elementor, and Jetpack.

🔌 How can I find my slowest plugins?

Use Query Monitor, New Relic, or GTmetrix Waterfall to find your slowest plugins.

🔌 How do I make plugins load faster?

Use lightweight plugins, be minimal, and selectively disable plugins from loading on specific pages and posts using a plugin like Asset CleanUp or Perfmatters.

🔌 Do number of plugins matter?

Every plugin adds to your load time, it just depends how much. Using lightweight plugins is more important than reducing the number of plugins, but both are important.

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