In the last two weeks, my site speed has gone down drastically. I did not add any plugins or do anything differently lately. Can anyone tell me if any of these plugins have presented site speed problems?

Async JavaScript
Health Check & Troubleshooting
Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions
Virtual Robots.txt

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ChigsGohel Premium
I personally don't use the plugins you have mentioned. Sorry can't help. But I am sure you will get your answers.
Chigs
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j52powell Premium
Thanks, Chigs.
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Triblu Premium
Hey Joe,

Once you have optimized your database, you no longer need to keep that plugin installed... and you've already received advise on the other plugins... though, Virtual Robots you have listed as txt file and not a plugin.

Hope you find this helpful.
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j52powell Premium
Hi Trish,

Thanks. Virtual Robots.txt is the name of the plugin. I can't remember why I have it. Someone recommended long ago.

I'll deactivate the database plugin and see how it goes.

Best regards,
Joe
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KalebwithaKO Premium
Actually I have to disagree. A database is like a living organism. They change constantly. I optimize my website once a week and it is probably one of the top 3 ways I keep my website fast. I use wp-optimize and after 1 week I always have pingbacks, trackbacks, post-revisions, items in trash, expired transient options, multiple types of unused meta-data, and orphaned relationship data that can all be deleted from my tables. I would keep something, just sayin...
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Triblu Premium
Yes Kaleb, your are correct regarding the importance of optimizing your wp database.

However, in between uses, it can be removed so that the plugin won't interfere with the site's loading time. As long as a plugin is installed... deactivated or live... it will add to the loading time.

WA hosted sites now receive a great plugin for optimizing images: and it seems to be doing the best of all of this type of plugin.
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KalebwithaKO Premium
Yes I suppose you can install and uninstall the plugin every week, but if your site is scary fast with it, its so much easier when this is not needed.😉
And I am afraid you have no plugin-to-plugin spec comparison to be able to say which image optimization plugin performs better either. I am glad you are loyal to WA as they are the most amazing platform I have ever encountered, but plugins come and go. Don't get too attached.
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Triblu Premium
Having been creating websites since we only had HTML to use, I tend to not get too attached to any one system.

The internet is ever changing Kaleb and Joe is looking for a way to make his site load faster, thus my initial comment to him.
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Triblu Premium
Wow... that's quit the slap on my face Kaleb.
Hope you've enjoyed being mean. Bullying is NOT what I am here for.
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KalebwithaKO Premium
I said I was kidding. I'm sorry. I guess you are not a joker. I apologize
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KalebwithaKO Premium
If there is one thing that has driven me absolutely crazy at times, it is page speed. Not to mention that Google is starting to rely on it more and more and more. On top of that, googles page speed insights is absolutely not something to rely on. There are plenty of other options that are much better, much more reliable, and much more exact here is a picture of my dashboard currently. I have had to go back-and-forth a lot enabling and disabling and trying other plugins to get my sight screaming fast. My condensed backup is about 280 megs and I am still a one on desktop and 4 on mobile.
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j52powell Premium
Kaleb,

Thanks for your comments. I am still trying to digest everything to see what works.

Best regards,
Joe
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KalebwithaKO Premium
Btdubs @j52powell, I tried smush (image optimizer) first as well, but it made my images unspawnable so I use EWWW...It saves more space as well. WebP savings are about an avg of another 30%
What is your site? I would like to see it please
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j52powell Premium
I used EWWW before and got a much better result after switching to Smush.

My site is https://myscubadivinggearguide.com

Thanks.
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KalebwithaKO Premium
Good for you! Unfortunately every plugin works differently for every single person that installs it. The truly important thing is to find out which one works best for YOU. Well played sir 😉
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KalebwithaKO Premium
Wow this rocks!
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j52powell Premium
Thanks for showing me that and your help along the way!
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lesabre Premium
Hi Joe, I personally would not use anyone of the plugins you have mentioned.
Not sure if you are using any other plugins.
One for image optimization, I would go to Kraken.
My speeds are in the green for desktop and two in orange for mobile:
You can try these and always de-activate them if they do not increase your speed. These are the ones I use:
Classic Editor
Kraken Image Optimizer
Really Simple SSL
Shareaholic - Grow and Engage Your Audience
Easy Table of Contents (use if only you feel you need it)
Rank Math SEO
UpdraftPlus - Backup/Restore ( I only activate it if I want to do a back up. It stays de-activated otherwise.

Hope it helps.

Best wishes,
Michael
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j52powell Premium
Thanks, Michael.

I'll remove those I mentioned and see how speed is affected.

I didn't have a good result a year ago using Kraken. I use Smush instead.

Otherwise my plugins are about as minimal as yours.

Best regards,
Joe
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MarionBlack Premium
I think the Health Check & Troubleshooting slows things down, Joe. Try this tool to see what differences the plugins make to your site speed
https://tools.pingdom.com/
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j52powell Premium
Thanks a lot, Marion. I'll check speeds at Pingdom and try removing the Health Check plugin.

Joe

I deactivated the Health Care Plugin but even before doing so on the Pingdom site you suggest my performance grades were already mostly 100s. That seems strange since on the WA tool and Google PageSpeed Insights the scores were much lower. For example, one post that scored 100 on Pingdom scored 70 on desktop and 17 on mobile on Google PageSpeed Insights. That sure seems like they are not on the same page. It looks like I need to understand the analysis that appears down below on Pingdom.
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