One of the first things website owners do when they start up a WordPress based website is head straight over to the WordPress Plugin Repository and load up on third party scripts to add enhancements to their site. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this (actually encouraged), many people get carried away and end up installing far too many plugins that bloat their default WordPress installation and ultimately result in increased load times of their website, this is bad.
There are a couple of good performance plugins already out there that will allow you to see how each currently installed plugin effects the load time of your site (P3 Performance Profiler to name but one), whilst these plugins give you a good in-sight into the resources each plugin consumed, they do not stop the plugins from loading on pages they are not needed; this is where Plugin Organizer comes into it’s own…
Now what Plugin Organiser allows you to do is selectively disable the loading of redundant plugins on pages which they are not needed thus reducing page load time. Plugin Organiser is ridiculously simple to use, well coded and to date has been downloaded over 19,974 times. The WordPress community have reviewed it 47 times and it’s got an average rating of 4.9/5 stars (almost perfect!). It’s simply one of the must-have plugins to help speed up and optimise your website.
The author Jeff Sterup is an awfully nice fellow and willing to help you out in a timely manner should you have any problems or queries. I queried whether you could selectively disable plugins from loading in the back-end wp-admin section of WordPress by using his plugin and my support request was answered in a matter of minutes. For instructions on how to do this please visit: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/disable-front-end-plugins-from-loading-in-admin-area.
I urge everyone who is serious about running a quick loading website to head over to the plugin page on WordPress and download it. If it helps your site and you like the plugin, please take the time out to write a review and make a small donation to the author (if the option is available) to help continue it’s development.
Few plugin authors make any real money for the time they spend developing and supporting their plugins and rely on the generosity of the community to help pay their wages.
If Plugin Organiser doesn’t quite do what you need it to, you could always hire a freelance web developer to do some custom work for you (they’re not as expensive as what you think!). I personally use eLance, oDesk and freelancer to outsource any projects I have, these are probably the most popular freelance sites out there and have a good pool of talented developers working at competitive prices. It’s free to list projects on all of these sites and you will start getting quotes in a matter of minutes after posting your project.
Thanks for reading, if you’ve got any questions, please direct them to the comments section below. I aim to do a short review of all plugins I use on this site in the coming weeks. Take care and happy WordPress-ing!