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Do INACTIVATED plugins slow down Wordpress?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Sente, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Sente

    Sente Junior Member

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    Do inactivated plugins slow down Wordpress or just activated ones?
     
  2. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    inactivated: no, not the front end. They might slow down the back end, but that's just theoratically since you wouldn't notice it (some exceptions maybe)
    activated: normally no, but depends greatly on the plugin and what it does/has to load of course..
     
  3. RuiGomes

    RuiGomes BANNED BANNED

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    No, if they are not activated they are not being included on your website, and therefore there's no extra load.
    However I usually remove inactive plugins that I don't need.
     
  4. TheMidasTouch

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    They don't affect it. They're basically just uber small files sitting in your ftp folder.
     
  5. audioguy

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    They may, if you are loading the plugin page with hundreds of plugin in your wp-content/plugins directory.
     
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    The answer is NO.If the plugin is inactive then it won't load anything...
     
  7. CashGrower007

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    If you're not going to use them, you might as well just get rid of it.
     
  8. webso

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    If not activated then it wont effect the speed though will consume the space as same. Better delete the inactivated plugins though.
     
  9. Fwiffo

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    once deactivated they may, however , leave some data in the database that slows it down.....
     
  10. maddy_i5

    maddy_i5 Junior Member

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    In my experience, its NO! Anyways why do you keep your inactive plugins?
     
  11. ugjunk

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    It would slow down your websites. When you install plugin, it adds various kinds of Javascript files into your website and even when you deactive them, in most cases they are left on the page unless the coder of the plugin did the things perfectly. So it's always recommended to delete the plugin instead of just keeping it deactivated.
     
  12. jibjabber

    jibjabber Newbie

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    As everyone previous mentioned, inactive plugins shouldn't slow your site down on the front end.

    One great resource for checking your plugin bulk is P3 (Plugin Preformance Profiler) - just google it. I can't link yet or I would. Sorry :( It is great for seeing how plugins are affecting your load time. I always like to check and see if any new plugins I add are really bulky or slow. I usually turn it back off after I've run a scan or two.
     
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  13. Sente

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I started making one big WP zip file and uploading everything and only activating the plugins I need.
     
  14. unixbreak

    unixbreak Newbie

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    i suggest Plugin Preformance Profiler also
     
  15. agente808

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    Another thing to keep in mind when you have inactive plugins in your installation, is that if they have a security flaw, they don't have to be active to allow your website to be hacked.

    So, just one more reason to get rid of plugins you don't use.