SiteHealt and Plugins

Last Update: May 16, 2016

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Last week I cleaned up my plugins.

As I followed through training I installed each described plugin and I ended up having 13 in total. I was not really concerned with my site speed because this was OK. I have WP Fastest Cache to speed up my site but I wondered about their impact on my site health. I was right. As soon as I reduced the number of my plugins to 5 my Site Health became Pretty Good as you may see here.

So what are my Active Plugins now:

All In One SEO Pack (Recommended by Kyle)

WP Fastest Cache

WP-SpamShield (Recommended by Kyle)

Contact Form 7 ( I use to set up a contact page _ The clients are able to send me private messages)

Display Widgets (Adds checkboxes to each widget to show or hide on site pages.)

Today I installed Awesome Surveys Plugin and I will see what this will do to my Site Health.

Now I have a question.

To increase site speed what would you recommend WP Fastest Cache or EWWW Image Optimizer?

If you have other suggestions I would also want to hear them.

Thank you,

Diana


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Hi Diana, thank you for sharing your experiences. I am in the process of setting up and not in a position to comment.

You're welcome.

Great post and a teaching lesson at the same time.

Thank you.

Hi Diana,
I didn't know that plugins would slow down your site! I don't have that many, but now that I know, I will only use the ones I really need. Thanks for the information. Keep up the good work. Have a good evening.

You're welcome.

Thanks for sharing the info Diana, even though it's a bit beyond me atm.

You're welcome.

Thank you, Dorina.

You welcome!

I had no idea that plug-ins affected site health. Thanks for the info!

The Site Health si only a WA guideline to show you where the site can be improved.

Cool...Good to know!

You can also eliminate Contact Form 7. WP-Spamshield has a contact form built in and can be activated in your text editor without a plugin.
wp-admin/options-general.php?page=wp-spamshield

Hi, Barry. I tried to put the code it in my page but it is not working. Where exactly I should code this? I have a picture installed in my primary sidebar that when clicked on forwards me on a page where my Contact Form 7 code was. If I will need to replace contact form code with the code you provided it should be on the same page? But I am missing something because if I edit it in page/text the visual will not recognize it as code.

I don't think many people know this. If I did I would not have downloaded Contact-7...thanks for the info..

The link I gave you goes to http://RedSand.com. this is where the install instruction is.
The text editor has a box in the tool bar that says WPSS Contact Form. I must say, however, this is only good on Pages. Posts don't have this option.
Look through your text (in the text editor) and decide where you want the form, then place your cursor there and click on the tool bar box. When you switch to visual editor it shows the code, but when you preview the site the form shows right where you chose it.
You don't have to insert the code. This is done for you when you click on the WPSS Contact Form box.
I hope this is clear enough. Try it again.
I don't know that this option will put the form in the sidebar. That would have to be examined. It puts it in the page itself.

It is perfect. I set it and works just fine. Many thanks!!!

That link took me to Perry Ellis International??

You are very welcome. I'm glad I was able to help.
I just published a training on how to do this for those that need it. I hope it is useful.
Barry

I can't explain that. I just published a training on this. It should be available in a few minutes.
Barry

Site health on WA is just an indicator. You can use many lightweight plugins if they don't conflict with each other or slow down your page loading times.

Thank you. Do you have an opinion regarding the best way to increase site speed?

I added all these plugins to increase speed then had loads of problems so in the end I deleted quite a few, you have to play around a bit. I would test the plugins by deleting them to see which ones slowed down my site. There is also a plugin P3 Plugin Profiler that checks which plugin slows down your site. You use it when checking then can deactivate and delete if you want.
Otherwise I use pingdom to check site speed and usually it seems ok. Goemetrix will say I am slow so......

Thank you.

Good to know. Thanks Diana.

You're welcome, Tom.

I thought the speed was the fastest with the least amount of plugins, I noticed anything under 5 makes the site health awesome

You are right. Because I reduced the number of plugins on my site my Site Health improved.

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