Addthis plugin for wordpress – serving request to b.scorecardresearch.com

Recently my website was slow and I tried to search for possible causes.

While checking network traffic in google chrome, I found that my website was making request to “b.scorecardresearch.com” and reputation is not good at all for this site. I did my research on wordpress forums and found that “addthis” plugin was making requests to this site and there is no way to restrict it.

I am writing this post, so that readers would know that one of WordPress plugins that makes request to “b.scorecardresearch.com” is addthis. I have decided to remove this plugin from my blog as I don’t want my visitors information to be traced and slow website.

How to make WordPress blog faster and minimize CPU Usage

In this article, I will share my personal experience regarding this blog performance and nightmares of disabling website everyday because of CPU Utilization. I tried all my best however I was unable to figure out the cause of high CPU Usage by wordPress. I tried many articles on Google and at last I found some pointers and able to escape from this problem.

This article is specific to my problem only, However I am sure it will help many others also.

I started with ways, which will less impact my blog and will take less time.

1. Disable WordPress Cron Job

This was my first step, disabling cron Job. In most of cases we are not using this feature. Mostly it is used when you schedule some article to publish on some day or time. To disable it, Open “wp-config.php” file and add below line at top of page.

define(“˜DISABLE_WP_CRON’, true);

What if I need this cron job ?

You can easily create a cron Job anytime, by following below process.
a. Log into your cPanel.
b. In the Advanced section, click Cron jobs.
c. Under Add New Cron Job, select the time interval. It is recommended not to add time interval less than 15 minutes.
d. Set the cron command to the following, replacing yourwebsite.com with your actual domain name:

wget -q -O – http://yourwebsite.com/wp-cron.php?doing_wp_cron >/dev/null 2>&1

The above command tells the Linux server to run wp-cron via wget, which will trigger the wp-cron.php script to do it’s job on your schedule instead of on each page view. This will lessen the amount of processes on the server.

e. Click Add New Cron Job to set the cron.

2. Disable Plugins

Now, Here comes actual reason for WordPress blog high CPU usage. I had many plugins and started to disable one by one. Continue reading “How to make WordPress blog faster and minimize CPU Usage”