Uninstall the Bloated Jetpack Plugin to Improve Web Performance

Why do I uninstall the Jetpack plugin from my WordPress site? Well:

  • Jetpack plugin is bloated.
  • I don’t need the many functions in Jetpack plugin, or I can implement the same functions with the underlying Linux operating system.
  • Every plugin has potential vulnerability. I prefer to use as less plugins as possible.

Bloated

The Jetpack plugin is known as a bloated plugin. I use the ncdu command to analyze the size of each plugin of this site and the result is as follows. As you can see, Jetpack plugin is 25.3 MiB in size, much lager than other plugins.

jetpack plugin size

A big plugin means that there will be many database queries on the underlying MySQL or MariaDB database, slowing down your website.

Do you need the site stats feature?

The site stats feature in Jetpack plugin is very limited. The standard way to collect web analytics data is use Google Analytics, which is far more advanced. In fact, some ad networks require you to submit your Google analytics report in order for them to consider adding your site to their network.

jetpack site stats

Security Scaning?

Jetpack can scan your site to find out if there’s vulnerabilities, but this feature is for pro users only. You can use the free WP Scan tool instead.

Automatic Backup

Again, this feature is for pro users only. I prefer to use the mysqldump and rsync utility on my Linux server to automatically back up my site.

Akimet Spam Proection

This is also paid feature. I’m using the free and lightweight WP Spam Fighter plugin, which is very effective for stopping comment spam.

Plugin Updates

This feature is superfluous. Users can simply update plugins with the builtin WordPress plugin manager, or use WP CLI to automatically update plugins.

Protect From Malicious Sign in

I can use Nginx to add an IP address whitelist to restrict access to the wp-login.php page.

Downtime Monitoring

There are many free downtime monitoring services, like uptimerobot, that doesn’t require you to install plugin on your website.

Image Performance?

The image performance feature in Jetpack can cache your images in WordPress.com CDN to speed up page loading. However, Cloudflare can also do that and it doesn’t require you to install plugin.

Jetpack Search

A paid feature that I don’t need.

Lazy Load Images?

Cloudflare can do that.

Popular Posts Widget

Jetpack comes with a popular posts widget, but I found that the image quality in the widget is very poor, which makes your website look unprofessional. The images are hosted on external domains:

  • i0.wp.com
  • i1.wp.com
  • i2.wp.com

This will slightly slow down page downloading because of the extra DNS requests. To display popular posts in the sidebar, I recommend using the WordPress Popular Posts plugin.

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