The Automattic’s Jetpack plugin is undoubtedly popular, yet it bloated by tons of features to behave like a Swiss knife plugin. However, you probably don’t use all of them.
I notice Jetpack is slowing down my site and consumes huge amount of CPU resources on my server. However, I can’t remove this plugin since it serves some quite useful features.
Turns out, Jetpack is made out of different modules that you can deactivate. This hack could improve site speed and reduce server usage.
If you still want to keep Jetpack but don’t want to sacrifice the site’s performance, this is a great tutorial for you!
TIPS: Check your current site speed before implementing the guide. You can use free tools like GTmetrix and Google PageSpeed Insights to test your website’s overal performance.
How to stop Jetpack slowing down WordPress
Time Needed : 3 minutes
In this guide, you will learn how to disable some unnecessary Jetpack modules that burden your server. After that, you may notice a speed difference while still maintaining important features you need.
- Go to the Jetpack Dashboard from your WordPress admin page.
- Scroll down to the bottom and click the Debug menu.
- Scroll down again and hit Access the full list of Jetpack modules available on your site link.
- Now, select the Active button to filter the modules to only show modules currently being used.
- From there you can Deactivate each module or choose bulk action.
- Desktop PC/laptop
- Internet access
- WordPress site
- Jetpack plugin
NOTE: Make sure you understand modules you want to disable. Each site may have a different module configuration. You can always reactivate the modules if something goes wrong. Please click on the module name to learn more about its functionality.
Jetpack is just one of many probable factors that could slow down your site. If deactivating modules still did not give a difference, removing the plugin altogether may be the answer.
One example from Rob Watson shows a significant speed improvement after removing Jetpack. He also recommends some replacements if you no longer using Jetpack. Check it out on his page! Your WordPress site may have a similar case.
So, that’s how you can make Jetpack lighter. What do you feel about that? Do you notice any improvement?