By default, Wordpress won't load your inactive plugins when someone visits your website. However, will load all your active plugins and then depending on each plugin will load the required scripts and stylesheets as well.

Literally speaking, a really good plugin will try to only load when needed.

The problem? With so many features and user options, it's very difficult for plugin developers to guess whether you will need the given plugin or not in a certain moment. And obviously, they have no choice, but to load all the required files just in case.

Wich will affect your loading time and your site speed results. Especially on mobile devices. This is why there is a constant buzz out there regarding the number of your active plugins and their effect on your site speed. It's a hot and often misunderstood topic ... Not so long ago I published a short tutorial on this highly debated issue:

How to avoid using plugins that could affect your site and how many is too many

The truth is that many professional plugins (and themes) are providing simple and customization options that will allow you to disable (hide) given features on mobile devices. Still, that's a rare "best case scenario" ... and is really annoying to see all those poor mobile test results.

This is why I've created this short tutorial where I will show you how can you improve your mobile speed by disabling individual plugins for the mobile wersion of your Wordpress site.

Ready? Let's do this!



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CLandi Premium
OK, Zed
I know that when you give us training that it will be at least four pages. I liked it when you wrote: Ready? Let's do this!

I checked my site speed with Google and received a notice that my about me post didn't fit well for mobile. There wasn't enough spacing between paragraphs.

That was before I learned about constructing a readable page or post. However, I did try to solve some of the problems before I got that notice from Google.

I tried to copy it and paste into Word, but I couldn't overcome the font size ( bold ). I'll just have to try and do it again.
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smartketeer Premium
Thanks for the time and the feedback Chuck!
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BruceStephen Premium
Thanks again Zed. Truth be said I never thought about mobile. A heck of a lot of people use mobile and not lap tops.

What can I say. I am a baby boomer.

Thanks again. Regards Bruce
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smartketeer Premium
Thanks for the time Bruce!
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kezsam-Sam-F Premium
Always great content thank you
what are the most common plug ins you personally use on your main niche website, I feel 5 plug ins at times seem very restrictive for my website. which is what the site manger details suggest . I find their are so many plug ins such as the one you mentioned would be useful but then pushes the number of plug ins higher again.

Finding the magic number 5 really tough. love to see how you combat this?
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kezsam-Sam-F Premium
you showed in your tutorial you use 28 plug ins? would still love to know what you use.
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smartketeer Premium
Each site has different goals and needs Sam ...

But I'll send you a PM with my plugins
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CandP Premium
Hi Zed. Thanks for the tutorial. We really don't use that many plugins right now but are constantly on the lookout for any that will help. Having said that, we do seem to have a bit of a problem because our mobile site speeds are typically in the 70's whereas our desktop speeds are at 100. We don't think it's the plugins so do you have any training that addresses other possible causes for this?
Colette and Philip
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smartketeer Premium
So ...

There is a difference between mobile speed test and mobile friendliness test. The former one is part of the latter one.

If you are sure that your 70 is the speed factor and you don't have plugin issues, than most likely is theme related.

But I assume that you are talking about the overall mobile friendliness rate which is influenced by many other factors like font size, the size of the "clickable" tap targets, the layout itself (for example 3 columns vs 1 column), etc. Any reliable mobile friendliness test platform will give you some info regarding the affected areas ...

No, I don't have a dedicated tutorial ... yet ...
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YanFellow Premium
Nice, thanks, Zed!

I tried AMP after some posts about it here but later discovered that it removes a lot of stuff that you'd probably want to appear on a mobile device so, with great effort, removed it.

What plugins or what type of plugins would you suggest disabling for mobile?

Ian
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smartketeer Premium
Mobile means less processing power and space.

In other words, you should disable anything that isn't vital. But of course, that depends on your test results too ... If the numbers are OK you can be "selective" ...
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YanFellow Premium
Looking through my list, I could disable the editors and backups but the rest seem pretty vital :-)
Ian
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