Support » Plugin: Custom Sidebars - Dynamic Sidebar Widget Area Manager » BEWARE. Unbelievably resource hungry.

  • I created 2 sidebars, and put 1 widget inside each. I ran P3 Plugin Profiler and it showed that Custom Sidebars was creating 43 MySQL queries, and increased overall load time from 2.73 to 4.21 seconds. This plugin created more database queries than Visual Composer! How is that even possible?!?!

    Although it does what it says I would definitely recommend people use SMK Sidebar Manager instead – a plugin with better functionality, and incredibly lightweight in comparison (around 35 less database queries for starters).

    I would probably give more stars, but I see similar complaints from people almost a year ago, and clearly the issue remains. Poor form imo. (smh)

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  • I see in your review 5 months ago you said:

    Does everything it says, good UI. I would/will recommend.

    Just wondering what’s changed since then to lead to this review, was it performing better then and if so what might have changed in the environment your site is in? Also, is it a shared host, or do you have some power behind the website you’ve used it on?

    The most efficient way to achieve what you want is actually to create the sidebars in your theme’s code and limit queries to only those you need, efficiency seems to be what you’re aiming for here. Using a plugin to dynamically create more custom sidebars along with the various options will always add a little weight and extra queries to your site, how much will depend on settings, what else you have running, and the hosting environment you’re in.

    Without knowing the exact side by side settings used, environment, other plugins and theme along with any custom code, it would be hard to comment on why we use more queries than the other plugin you reference. If you wish to pop open a support ticket with the exact spec so that we can replicate, one of our team will happily look into it for you and pass this feedback along to our developers.

    I’d love to see if we can address this for you and perhaps change your experience from a one star to five stars like the majority of our user’s experience.

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