I loved Hummingbird Pro – until recently. Since upgrading WordPress to version 4.9.x, it has slowed my site right down.
I use Hummingbird Pro plugin because it is a one-stop shop for increasing performance and managing backups. I like its minification functions and deferred loading of scripts. With the Smush plugin, my images are just right.
All that was true until I upgraded my sites to 4.9.
How do I know?
It’s glaringly obvious and doesn’t take a genius to come to the conclusion.
I repeated performance tests with the plugin enabled, and disabled.
- Left enabled, the average load time of a page was roughly 5 seconds.
- Left disabled, the average load time of a page is roughly 1 second.
I repeated this test 30 times.
This is a plugin that is supposed to speed up WordPress. How irritating.
So it got me thinking – have you experienced any slow-down issues as a result of specific plugins on your WordPress site?
If you don’t routinely check performance then you’ve been warned.
After every upgrade, check the performance of your WordPress site.
I use a bulk-deactivate plugin to disable all my plugins (at a quiet time of the day) and then re-enable each, one by one, checking performance and function every time.
Has the performance of your site been hit as a result of an upgrade? Please share your experience by leaving a comment below.