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WordPress Plugin Performance Profiler (P3)

Date Submitted: 12-14-2011 by leslie

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Check out our new WordPress® plugin developed by our in-house WordPress whiz kids. The Plugin Performance Profiler does just what its name says. It creates a profile of a plugin’s performance by measuring its impact on your site’s load time.

Often, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. This plugin can help you determine the cause of your site’s slowness.

The Runtime by Plugin chart breaks down the relative runtime by each plugin. If a plugin takes up a large slice of the pie, then it takes a long time to run relative to other plugins.

The Detailed Breakdown represents the absolute runtime of each component, including your theme and the WP Core. The yellow line at the top of the graph represents your site’s total load time. This is another view of the same data, similar to the pie chart, but faster-running plugins are not rolled into an “Other” category.

The Simple Timeline correlates each visited URL with the core, theme, and plugin runtimes that were recorded. Hovering over the data point shows the exact URL of the page.

The Detailed Timeline correlates each visited URL with the core, theme, and every recorded plugin runtime. Hovering over the data point shows the exact URL of the page. The Detailed Timeline can be messy, but you can zoom in using the +/- buttons in the top right corner or the mouse scroll wheel. You can also pan by clicking and dragging the chart.

The Query Timeline correlates the visit with the number of MySQL queries that were run. Hovering over the data point shows the exact URL of the page.

The Advanced Metrics display an overview of the scan. Hover over the metric title to see a description of the metric.

The History tab contains a list of the performance scans you’ve run on your site. From here you can view your scans, delete them, or add more data to them.

You can send a summary of the report via e-mail. Use this feature to send the results to the site owner’s server administrator or hosting company’s support system.

For more information, click here.

10 Comments on "WordPress Plugin Performance Profiler (P3)"

  • by wingspouse on December 28th, 2011

    but how do I get to the chart?

  • by master412160 on January 5th, 2012

    This plugin worked sweet on 3.3 but the css of this plugin doesn’t load in the admin dashboard in 3.3.1 of wordpress.

    I hope you guys fix this soon.

  • by goinglikesixty on January 5th, 2012

    How do I start the scan?

  • by metekamil on January 9th, 2012

    Yes. How do you start the scan?

  • by leslie on January 10th, 2012

    @GoingLikeSixty and @metekamil you should be able to simply click the button to Start Scan. Click here for more info.

  • by affiliatesean on January 29th, 2012

    Its in TOOLS, go to tools.

    Godaddy forgot to tell you that.


  • by ditto_rahmat on February 10th, 2012

    I keep getting “Cannot read profiles directory” when I clicked the plugin. I haven’t even start scanning yet.

    Any idea on this ?

  • by leslie on February 21st, 2012

    @Ditto Rahmat
    If it’s a single blog site, make sure the wp-content/uploads folder is writable. If it’s a multisite installation make sure the wp-content/uploads folder is writable and the wp-content/blogs.dir folder is writable, too.

  • by alta on February 29th, 2012

    This is an awesome plugin! However, the slowness is also often (as in much more often) due to high traffic on GoDaddy’s servers …

    This is an even bigger issue than plugins. (Yes. It is.) It’s frustrating to call in about an install with no theme other than WP default and no plugins at all and be given the same old lecture from GD.

    I’m currently doing research to figure out where to move all of my client’s sites. I’ve been a customer since 2003 and wish this was not the case. :(

  • by geoff777 on March 4th, 2012

    You get what you pay for …

    I pay peanuts for the grid-hosting and have about twenty sites …

    It works out at about 25c per site for a month.

    Time to chat with your clients about offering a faster service, put up your price and move to a dedicated set-up?

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