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Event Espresso is a huge drag on the site

Posted: November 28, 2018 at 5:21 pm


November 28, 2018 at 5:21 pm

I’ve been with Event Espresso almost since I started our site. I’ve always wondered why our site seems to load so much slower than pretty much every other site on the Internet. I tried all the performance enhancements I could think of, and started to think maybe I just have a really slow web host.

That may be part of it, and of course there are many factors involved in overall site speed, but I profiled my WordPress site’s performance using the P3 Plugin Performance Profiler and I wanted to share the results with you.

According to this report, Event Espresso takes more time to load than all other plugins combined, more than my theme, more than anything.

Is there any way to fix this?

WordPress Plugin Profile Report
Report date: November 28, 2018
Theme name: Divi
Pages browsed: 12
Avg. load time: 3.7443 sec
Number of plugins: 26
Plugin impact: 81.26% of load time
Avg. plugin time: 3.0425 sec
Avg. core time: 0.3425 sec
Avg. theme time: 0.3227 sec
Avg. mem usage: 201.92 MB
Avg. ticks: 176,299
Avg. db queries : 98.75
Margin of error : 0.0366 sec

Plugin list:
P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) – 0.0201 sec – 0.66%
EE4 AdminOnlyTicket Master – 0.0004 sec – 0.01%
Auto Terms Of Service And Privacy Policy – 0.0297 sec – 0.98%
Autoptimize – 0.0553 sec – 1.82%
Better Search Replace – 0.0060 sec – 0.20%
Cleantalk Spam Protect – 0.0273 sec – 0.90%
Contact Form 7 – 0.0346 sec – 1.14%
Duplicate Page – 0.0007 sec – 0.02%
Ee4 Events Calendar – 0.0130 sec – 0.43%
Event Espresso – Attendee Mover (EE4.9.13+) – 0.0010 sec – 0.03%
Eea Events Table View Template – 0.0010 sec – 0.03%
Price Modifier For Event Espresso 4 – 0.0021 sec – 0.07%
Event Espresso – Promotions (EE 4.9.10+) – 0.0030 sec – 0.10%
Event Espresso Core Reg – 1.5113 sec – 49.67%
Flexible Woocommerce Checkout Field Editor – 0.0010 sec – 0.03%
Google Analytics Dashboard For Wp – 0.0239 sec – 0.79%
SOGO Add Script Header Footer – 0.0048 sec – 0.16%
Really Simple Ssl – 0.0243 sec – 0.80%
UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – 0.0397 sec – 1.31%
Ups Woocommerce Shipping Method – 0.0006 sec – 0.02%
W3 Total Cache – 0.2576 sec – 8.47%
WooCommerce Bulk Discount – 0.0133 sec – 0.44%
WooCommerce PayPal Powered by Braintree Gateway – 0.1099 sec – 3.61%
WooCommerce – 0.5063 sec – 16.64%
Wordpress Seo – 0.3281 sec – 10.78%
WP-Optimize – 0.0276 sec – 0.91%


  • Support Staff

November 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm


It’s expected that EE would take more time than the other plugins, because it’s a huge plugin that loads a lot of code into memory that does more than those other plugins.

What we find is that if a site is slow when using Event Espresso, it’s because the site is hosted on a server that isn’t adequate for the task. I can invite you to check out a few of our demo sites, which are actually 2 of 246 sites that are part of a WordPress Multisite instance running Event Espresso network activated. All on one server.

You’ll note that the demo sites are quite fast, and the reason they’re fast is because they’re hosted on an adequate server. The demo site is hosted on a standard Digital Ocean Ubuntu box, it’s not fancy but it works well.

The way to fix a slow site is migrate it to a server that has enough resources to quickly do what’s asked of it.

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