Five WordPress Plugins that Hamper Your Shared Server’s Performance

By | September 16, 2015

WordPress Shared Plugins

Popular among several bloggers and web developers, WordPress is the easiest and user-friendly platform for creating blogs and websites.  For your blog to get known globally you need to host it and the host you choose is the most significant link to the potential readers of your blog. When hosting comes into picture different aspects like speed, performance, load balance ability, etc. need to be thought on.

Facts and Statistics –

As per Google speed is one of the important metrics to rank in search results and if a website takes more than 1.5 seconds to load, it is considered to be slow by Google. Also, 74% mobile users will leave after five seconds, if the site doesn’t load. Most of the WordPress blogs are hosted on shared hosting plans.

In shared hosting, several websites are hosted on a single web server and the resources on it are shared among every customer account on the machine.  Shared hosting is the most limited hosting plan available on the web but there are chances of website crashing on it which is due to the plugins.

Below is a list of some popular plugins that should be avoided on WordPress Shared Hosting –

  • Google XML Sitemaps –

Since Google XML Sitemaps is server intensive, it can easily strain your shared hosting server.

Alternatives –

  1. WordPress SEO Plugin – Popular WordPress SEO plugin suggested by Yoast offers an inbuilt Sitemap option which is recommended option and so, there isn’t requirement of installing another plugin.
  2. Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps – It doesn’t have a 50,000 URL limit and is speedy in generating your sitemap with limited resource.
  3. Google Sitemap Plugin – This plugin allow you to create and add a simple Sitemap file to Google Webmaster Tools without overloading your server.
  • Broken Link Checker –

It’s better to use Broken Link Checker during low traffic time and then disable it after usage. It’s high server intensive ability overcomes your shared hosting server.

Alternatives –

  1. Xenu Link Sleuth – It’s a valuable Windows app available free that permits you to check for broken links on the website.
  2. Integrity – Free Mac only app that tests your website to find broken links. It checks images along with internal and external links.
  3. Broken Link Check – It’s an online tool that checks your website for broken links. There is a free version available of this tool that has 3000-page limit but this shouldn’t be a problem for several WordPress installs.
  • Related Post Plugin –

Being extremely database intensive, the Related Post plugin carries out the indexing, sorting and all functions using your server’s resources.

Alternatives –

  1. SO Related Posts – The SO Related Posts plugin allows you to select the posts you want to display, the order in which the related posts are displayed, right from the post editor as well as the number of posts.
  2. Jetpack by – It is one of the great alternatives to related posts that scans your posts, analyzes them and displays related posts to the visitors. The Jetpack cloud analyzes, processes and serves which isn’t done in other plugins which reduces the additional load on your server.
  3. LinkWithin – It displays related posts from the blog archives under each post. One of the benefits of LinkWithin is that it doesn’t consume your server resources as it catalogs all stories from the blog archive and exhibits them on appropriate posts.
  • WordPress Popular Posts –

This is a widget plugin that presents most popular posts on your blog but should be avoided on shared servers.

Alternative –

There’s no alternative required for this as the task can be done manually. Simply go to your site stats, find out 5 most popular blog posts and display them on your sidebar using the Text widget.

  • WP-Post Views –

It is best to avoid WP-Post Views plugin on shared hosting servers as it writes to the database each time the page gets loaded which leads to consumption of server resources.

Alternatives –

  1. Google Analytics – It is one of the most popular tool to analyze the website traffic.
  2. Jetpack Plugin – There is a stats module in the Jetpack plugin which is an ideal choice for traffic analysis on website.

Also, plugins like WP DB Manager, WP DB Backup and Backup WordPress should be used only when required. Tons of disk space is occupied by the backups and also it interacts rigorously with your database and so the plugins should be used only during low traffic period and disabled after use.