Are you looking for a way to speed up your WordPress website? Plugin Organizer can help by deciding when your website uses a certain plugin. By not loading every plugin all of the time, you will notice a speed increase.
And as I’m sure you know, nobody wants to use a slow website. In fact, slow websites actually scare away first-time visitors. On top of this, a slow website hurts your SEO because speed is one of the many factors that determine your website’s search engine ranking.
Today, I will demonstrate how to speed up WordPress by using the Plugin Organizer to manage your website’s plugin usage.
How the Plugin Organizer Helps Your Website
Plugins allow web developers to add functionality to their websites. One of the biggest appeals of WordPress is being able to create a website without writing a single line of code and plugins are what enable web developers to do this.
Unfortunately, they also slow down your website. By default, WordPress plugins are usually only loaded when they are needed to reduce any slowdown visitors will see.
This is great, but the Plugin Organizer can do an even better job. This is because a plugin’s developer cannot accurately predict when your website will need to use the plugin, but the Plugin Organizer can because you tell it when
As a result, you can tell WordPress which plugins to run and when they should run.
For example, you can separate your website from its mobile counterpart. Mobile devices are not as powerful as computers and some pages will take longer to load. You can help reduce load times by removing plugins from your mobile site and help create a more mobile-friendly experience.
And since mobile users will usually account for half of your traffic, it’s a really good idea.
How to Speed Up Your Website With the Plugin Organizer
Step 1: Install Plugin Organizer
Plugin Organizer is a plugin management tool that is extremely powerful. As a result, it can dramatically change how your website operates.
To get the most out of this plugin, you should have a good understanding of what each of your active plugins is doing on your website. Thus, it is important to say that this plugin is not for beginners.
Since this plugin is website altering, you should create a backup of your website. This will ensure that if you make any mistakes while setting this plugin up that you cannot fix, you can revert your website before the mistake was made.
Begin by clicking on Plugins and selecting the Add New option on the left-hand admin panel.
Search for Plugin Organizer in the available search box. This will pull up additional plugins that you may find helpful.
Scroll down until you find the Plugin Organizer plugin and click on the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin for use.
On the left-hand admin panel click on Plugin Organizer and select the Settings option. This will pull up the main settings page.
Step 2: Adjust Plugin Organizer Settings
This plugin has an enormous amount of customization available. How you use it is completely dependent on your website’s needs. I will give a short explanation of how each of the various settings works but will leave how you use them up to you.
Note: This is your last chance to make a backup of your website.
The default settings will look like this:
I will explain each one.
Fuzzy URL Matching: This option is on by default. It allows you to the URL to affect its child URLs.
Ignore URL Protocol: This option is off by default. It is only helpful if your website has SSL enabled. Turning it on will allow for the Plugin Organizer to ignore the http and https in plugin URLs.
Ignore URL Arguments: This option is off by default. It will allow the Plugin Organizer to ignore URLs with arguments inside of them. If you do not have any arguments in your URLs, I recommend leaving it off.
Only allow network admins to change plugin load order: This option is off by default. It is only useful if you have a multisite network set up. This will only allow the network administrator to change anything plugin related to your website. Leave it off if you do not use a multisite network, but if you do, this setting can be very useful.
Auto Trailing Slash: This option is on by default. This will simply add or remove a trailing slash on plugin URLs. It is based on how your permalink structure is setup. I would leave this setting on, but that is up to you.
Selective Plugin Loading: This option is off by default. This is the setting that will be the most important, so I recommend turning it on. This will allow you to choose which plugins are allowed to run on which pages of your website. I will go over how to do this later on in detail.
Selective Mobile Plugin Loading: This plugin is off by default. Very similar to the last option, turn it on. The difference is this is exclusively for the mobile version of your website. This can help make your website more mobile-friendly.
Selective Admin Plugin Loading: This option is off by default. This will allow you to enable plugins to run only inside of the admin area. If this sounds like something you would like, turn it on.
Display Plugin by Role: This option is on by default. This will allow you to disable plugins by user roles. Even if you are not going to use the feature leaving it on will not impact you.
Display Debug Messages: This option is on by default. This will show you any debug messages that need to be displayed. I strongly recommend leaving this on.
You will also see Debugging Roles, Role Support, and Custom Post Type Support on the bottom. You can use these checkboxes to select the appropriate options for your website.
Make sure to save your settings before leaving this page. The rest of the tabs on this page can also be changed, but these are not major settings, but you may want to change a few things around to improve your experience with the plugin.
Step 3: How to Disable Plugins
Now it is time to start disabling plugins on your website. If you did not turn on the Selective Plugin Loading option, this will not work.
Click on the Global Plugins option on the left-hand admin panel.
Depending on what options you turned on, you should see a list of all of the plugins you have installed in WordPress. You can enable or disable any of them from this screen.
At the top, you should notice the View Controls section. Here you can select between the standard or mobile view. This allows you to select what plugins run on either device.
Note: These views will look identical by default, but they are completely separate from one another.
Carefully review what plugins are necessary for your website and mobile website. A green color means the plugin is enabled, while a red means it is disabled. The color gray means the plugin is not active.
Once, you have chosen which plugins to disable, click on the “Save” button.
Make sure your website is working correctly on the appropriate platform. For example, if you disable plugins on the standard website, check with a computer and if it was mobile, check with a mobile device.
If something is not working correctly, double-check the settings and plugins you have disabled. You can also use your backup if you are completely lost, but this should be a last resort.
The rest of the settings give you similar choices in specific sections of WordPress. I strongly recommend testing your website after every change. It is very easy to make a mistake without realizing it.
Get the Best Performance Out of Your Website
Speeding up your website is important. It directly affects your SEO ranking and improves the visitor experience. The longer a page takes to load, the more likely a visitor will leave. An extra second may not seem like a lot, but when you load multiple pages, it adds up fast.
While optimizing your plugin usage is great, you should also consider reducing the number of plugins you use. Many plugins can be replicated with very simple code to reduce the number of plugins needed.
How easy did you find the plugin to use? Did you notice a significant speed boost on your website?
Author: Robert Giaquinto
Robert has been writing tutorials about WordPress and other CMS for over 3 years since joining the GreenGeeks marketing team. Thanks to this, he has had the opportunity to research and master several areas of WordPress including plugin usage, SEO, website design, and social media integration. When he is not creating content for WordPress, Robert is digging up new content ideas for environmental pieces. These range from the pollution in our air to the danger’s wildlife face. And with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he is always eager to discuss the way our technologies are affecting the environment, especially when it comes to solar energy.