I already have 96 plugins active on a live
website, with different functionalities, and the performance score, as well as the page
details on gtmetrix.com, are interesting. Hi, WordPress enthusiasts and welcome to a
new experiment. My name is Robert and in this episode, I will
stress my WordPress blog by installing and activating 100 plugins to see what’s happening. But before doing the final test, let me show
you the initial numbers. I have a couple of blog posts, only one theme
and some images in my media library so let’s test the speed of my website as it is. I almost forgot to mention the most important
thing, which is the number of plugins. So, I log in to my dashboard and go to installed
plugins, where you can see that I have 5 plugins so far. I update and activate everything, it doesn’t
matter if I need them or not. I only do it for testing. Once each plugin is updated and active, I
go to gtmetrix.com and check out the results. So, my blog has a page speed score of 77%,
which is above average, the fully loaded time is 4.7 seconds, the total page 1.31MB and
there are 39 requests. I don’t think my page size will grow too much
with 100 plugins but the number of requests will become significantly higher and it will
affect my overall score. I choose to install recommended as well as
popular plugins in the WordPress repository, and because the process takes a lot of time,
I will skip or speed up some steps and show you only the partial list after I activate
them. Still, you can check out the complete list
of plugins in the description box. Plugin number 18 is Orbit Fox which is a multipurpose
plugin made by Themeisle and I will re-scan my WordPress website to see how much the first
18 plugins affect the results. I forgot to mention that the hosting service
I use for this blog is Siteground.com and you can get a 60% discount by accessing the
link in the description box. Well, it looks like the number of requests
is 55 now and all other values are pretty much the same. I can see that there is an error, probably
generated by a plugin so let me check it out. Yes, it is an error and it looks like it is
generated by the simple social button plugin. One of the plugins that I will install at
the end will be for image optimization and I also think about something for caching and
speed up so it will be a good test for how efficient these plugins are. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to enable
all the features of each plugin and fully set up everything but the final test will
be done with 100 active plugins. I’ll try to come up with 100 different functionalities
such as multilanguage, smart slider, newsletter, and so on. Let me jump to the step where I already have
55 plugins active. As you can see on the top bar, the dashboard
is full of new menu elements, and I think this is a good moment to re-test my blog’s
performance. Wow. It looks like the number of plugins generated
186 requests and the fully loaded time is much higher now. The page speed score went down and it is below
average but I am really curious about what is happening with 100 plugins. It looks like there is an important warning
from the Siteground optimizer plugins which detected that I have duplicated the SSL functionality
by installing and activating the Really Simple SSL plugin. That’s right, I already had an SSL certificate
from Let’s Encrypt installed through my CPanel. Now I’ll jump to the step where I activate
the last plugins. Plugin 92 insert headers and footers, plugin
93 manage WP and so on. I’ve decided to install a lot of additional
tools for WooCommerce, and these are just two of them. Ok, cool. Now I have 96 plugins and I want to make a
new test before installing some optimization tools. The performance scores with 70 plugins are
this, and let me click compare and paste the same link over here. It will take some time so I’ll jump straight
to the reports. So, it seems that with each plugin installed,
our site is becoming slower and slower, which is normal. The number of requests is way above 200 which
probably never happens on a normal WordPress website, no matter how complex is. Now. let’s see if the optimization plugins will
help us get better results. One of the recommended plugins is Autoptimize
which speeds up WordPress by optimizing JS, CSS, images including lazy-load and so on. For image optimization on autopilot in the
cloud, you can try Optimole which makes your images weigh even 80% less while looking just
as good. It already feels like my WordPress site has
become much slower. There are a lot of conflicts and I think this
is the biggest problem when you have 100 plugins – compatibility. Numbers in the compare reports show no big
difference from 70 to 96 and then 100 plugins. I think a WordPress website could work great
and have enough functionalities with no more than 30 useful and well-optimized plugins. On my websites, I usually have 10 to 15 plugins
I guess and I never feel like I need more even if I created simple blogs as well as
more complex websites. That’s it for today. Leave a comment below and tell me how many
plugins you have on your WordPress website. Keep up the good work and see you in the next
video. Cheers!

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