Reduce Number Of Plugins Used To Increase WordPress Speed

Over the last couple of months I’ve worked hard to increase the loading speed of this site.  Part of this process was stripping out as many WordPress plugins as possible and I’ve managed to get down to using just 15 WordPress plugins.  Below you can see the 15 essential WordPress Plugins that I use.

After The Deadline

Adds a contextual spell, style, and grammar checker to WordPress. Write better and spend less time editing. Visit your profile to configure. See the Proofreading Support page for help.

Better RSS Widget 

Replacement for the built in RSS widget that adds an optional link target, shortcode_handler, and page conditionals.

I use this instead of the default WordPress RSS widget as I spotted that the WordPress RSS Widget pulls in the full text feed, which is a lot of maybe useless content for SEO purposes

Custom Post Templates 

Provides a drop-down to select different templates for posts from the post edit screen. The templates are defined similarly to page templates, and will replace single.php for the specified post. 

Dean’s Permalinks Migration 

With this plugin, you can safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website,and even doesn’t hurt your google pagerank.

I moved from blogware to WordPress many years ago, and this plugin ensures that links to old posts still work.

Disqus Comment System

The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus. Head over to the Comments admin page to set up your DISQUS Comment System.

This plugin allows me to eliminate a handful of other WordPress plugins.

jQuery lazy load plugin

a quick and dirty WordPress plugin to enable image lazy loading.

I use this plugin to speedup the loading of my pages, by delaying when images are downloaded.

NextGEN Gallery 

A NextGENeration Photo Gallery for WordPress.


Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors

SEO Auto Links & Related Posts

SEO Auto Links & Related Posts, a combination of related posts plugin and auto links plugin. The auto links feature will automatically convert related posts title, meta keywords and post tags into internal link. 

This is a new addition, replacing my old YARPP plugin.  It does everything I need like adding related posts (with thumbnails if so desired) to posts and feeds, but it also allows me to auto link important keywords to improve SEO.

SEO Friendly Images 

Automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images. Improves traffic from search results and makes them W3C/xHTML valid as well.

SEO Slugs 

Removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO.

The Slide by SimpleReach

After installation, you must click ‘Settings ? SimpleReach Slide’ to turn on The Slide.

The results of this plugin have been fantastic and I’ve been achieved >5% CTR on some of my sites.  The team behind the plugin are very approachable, and even added in the ability to display the plugin on Pages as well as Posts after I requested it.

W3 Total Cache 

The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.

This plugin can be painful to use and configure, but is worth the effort.  If (correctly) configured it will significantly increase loading times.

WordPress SEO 

The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.


Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the API within WordPress.

Do you have any WordPress plugins that you can’t live without?

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8 Responses to Reduce Number Of Plugins Used To Increase WordPress Speed

  1. Art E. August 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Why not try wordpress jetpack?

    • Everton Blair August 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

      it has very few features I need, so I’d be adding a lot of code to get little additional functionality.  don’t need stats, shortener, hovercards, media embedding, recent tweet widegts or sharedaddy.  All of these are unnecessary plugins and the point of my post!

    • Granite supplier October 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      I try to use wordpress jetpack, but failure, …

  2. Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    has very few features I need, so it would add a lot of code to get some extra features. do not need statistics, shortening, hovercards, the integration of media, and recent sharedaddy widegts Tweet. All these plugins are useless to the point of my post!

  3. Anonymous October 8, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I have been using the WordPress
    SEO plugin across a dozen WordPress blogs I maintain, and compared to
    the blogs I run where it has not been installed, the ranking and SE
    discovery goes much faster and higher!
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  4. CCSVI Mexico November 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I had tried but didn’t get success ……

  5. Jitendra Shah December 12, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    half of these plugins are quite weak compared to whats actually out their

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