Support » Plugins » [Plugin: WordPress SEO by Yoast] Performance issues & does it do any good now?

  • Joost,

    I’d like to get an answer about the performance issues I have noticed and also how you see the plugin evolving, in light of the changes that Google recently made to their algorithm.

    First, performance.

    I just did some testing while I was waiting and the P3 Plugin Performance Profiler from GoDaddy tells me that, of the 17 active plugins I have on this site, the WordPress SEO plugin is taking 0.0206 seconds to load, which is 45% of the page load runtime.

    WordPress Plugin Profile Report
    Report date: Fri Dec 16, 2011
    Pages browsed: 10
    Avg. load time: 1.4109 sec
    Number of plugins: 16
    Plugin impact: 3.25% % of load time
    Avg. plugin time: 0.0459 sec
    Avg. core time: 1.1060 sec
    Avg. theme time: 0.1540 sec
    Avg. mem usage: 22.45 MB
    Avg. plugin calls: 1,807
    Avg. db queries : 20.10
    Margin of error : 0.1050 sec
    Plugin list:
    Buffer Button
    Conditional Widgets
    Headway Html Sitemap
    Headway Navigation Leaf
    Html On Pages
    Newsletter Sign Up
    P3 Profiler
    Shortcode Generator Menu Dropdown
    Si Contact Form
    Simple Urls
    Slimbox 2 Slideshow
    Tinymce Advanced
    Wordpress Seo
    Wysiwyg Widgets
    Xcloner Backup And Restore

    Is there anyway to speed WordPress SEO plugin a lot, or even a little?

    In fact, is there still a need for this plugin in its present form at all?

    Google recently announced ten new algorithm changes to the way it displays and ranks search results. Danny Sullivan outlined these change and explained what he thinks we need to know.

    I would be very interested to hear your comments and how, in particular, it might effect the immediate (or otherwise) development of WordPress SEO plugin, and SEO in the long run, i.e. from here on out. Since I rely on your knowledge and some of the software you write, I would like to know specifically about:

    1. Better Snippets – Defined as the descriptions that Google shows for Web pages, snippets will be greatly improved because this text will now be selected from the main content on a Web page instead of from headers or menus

    2. Application Rich Snippets – Google will start showing rich snippets for software applications that will provide more details within their search results. These application rich snippets will be also available to users more frequently.

    3. Improved Page Titles – When creating page titles, Google will now place less emphasis on anchor text in order to enhance their relevance.

    4. Ranking Boost for “Official Pages” – Google will strive harder to detect which pages are actually official, which will result in higher rankings for these official websites.

    5. Much Fresher Results – In a move affecting up to 35 percent of total searches, Google’s improvements in ranking fresh content will better decide the level of freshness for each inquiry.

    6. Enhanced Results for Date-Based Searches – The freshness of results will now also be determined by date to offer an additional degree of relevance.

    7. Elimination of an Image Search Signal – Now, images that had references from multiple documents on the Internet will no longer be a factor in image search.

    8. Greater Cross-Language Information Retrieval – Previously done only for the Korean language, Google will now automatically translate relevant English Web pages for the languages of Welsh, Slovak, Swahili, Hindi, Norwegian, Serbian, Catalan, Afrikaans, Maltese, Macedonian, Albanian, Slovenian, Icelandic, and Malay.

    9. Improved Autocomplete for IME Queries – Google has improved the way that Autocomplete responds to queries containing non-Latin characters so results are no longer muddled for Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic languages.

    10. Better Autocomplete for Russian Language – Russian query predictions will no longer be as lengthy or random as previously.

    With these changes, obviously Google hopes it will further strengthen its search supremacy through results that deliver higher quality for every query. That’s all very well for their business plan, but of course, I only care about how it effects the searches for the stuff I have on my sites.


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  • The WordPress SEO plugin:

    • does an awful lot, that’s why it takes some time
    • how much time it takes depends mostly on how you’ve setup your titles and whether you’ve followed the instruction to change wp_title or not
    • is still very useful, that’s why SearchEngineLand itself uses it

    Hmmm. What a glib answer. Not your usual helpful self at all.

    Problem is the instructions are so ambiguously written, in places, I have no idea whether its a good thing to change the wp_title, and you are recommending it, or not.

    It says…

    “Be aware that for WordPress SEO to be able to modify your page titles, the title section of your header.php file should look like this:

    <title><?php wp_title(”); ?></title>

    If you can’t modify or don’t know how to modify your template, check the box below. Be aware that changing your template will be faster.”

    So if my template does have “<title><?php wp_title(”); ?></title>” and I could modify it, are you suggesting that I force rewrite titles and thereby change my template, or do you mean by editing it to “<title><?php wp_title(”); ?></title> I am changing my title and ticking the tick box is faster? And in the end, which will be faster, modifying or leaving it as “<title><?php wp_title(”); ?></title>”, or ticking the tick box? And faster to load the page or faster to modify?

    Like I said. Its very ambiguous.


    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    If your template has <title><?php wp_title(''); ?></title>, do not check the ‘force re-write’, it’ll just work out of the box.

    My template has this…

    <title><?php wp_title('&laquo;', true, 'right'); ?> <?php bloginfo('name'); ?></title>

    What about that?

    Is that what’s using up 45% of the page load speed at runtime?


    Terence, the question is: do you have force rewrite checked? If you do, change your title to what Ipstenu suggested and uncheck the force rewrite, that makes a heck of a performance difference.

    I do not have force rewrite checked. Should I also change <title><?php wp_title('&laquo;', true, 'right'); ?> <?php bloginfo('name'); ?></title> to <title><?php wp_title(''); ?></title> — it would only take a moment. What would happen?


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