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Stop Jetpack from Slowing Down Your WordPress Site

When you install Automattic’s Jetpack plugin, it comes with a ton of features enabled by default. While it has a lot of great features, you probably don’t need all of them.

I recently installed it for a client in order to use WooCommerce Services and USPS shipping calculation. I got the shipping information just like I wanted, but the site was significantly slower. What gives?

I noticed my site was often “Waiting for pixel.wp.com”. Some quick research led me to Jetpack’s Stats module as the source of this slowdown. But I couldn’t figure out how to disable it in the new Jetpack interface!

Don’t worry, I found it, and I’m here to show you how to disable modules you aren’t using and speed your site back up.

Hint: It Isn’t in the Settings

Activating and deactivating modules isn’t located in Jetpack’s settings. It’s hidden pretty well in some debug menus. Go to your Jetpack dashboard and scroll all the way to the bottom.

The link to Jetpack's debug screen

Click that link there and it’ll take you to a screen with diagnostic information about your Jetpack installation, like your connection status to WordPress.com. Scroll to the bottom again to find another link.

Link to Jetpack's modules page

Navigate through here to find a full list of Jetpack’s enabled modules.

Deactivate All Modules You Aren’t Using

Here’s an example of what this page looks like. If you’ve never been here, you probably have a ton more modules enabled. I’ve already disabled most of mine, but turned a few back on to show what it looks like. Use the “Active” toggle on the right side to filter down to those currently enabled.

A list of active modules on a Jetpack-enabled site

If you’re here specifically about the “Waiting for pixel.wp.com” slowdown, be sure to disable “Site Stats”. To be safe, however, you should disable anything you aren’t explicitly using. I left JSON API, Extra Sidebar Widgets, Spelling and Grammar, and Widget Visibility enabled. That’s it.

Enjoy Your Faster Jetpack Site

You should immediately notice things return closer to normal after hitting save. Congrats!

 


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  1. This was so helpful. As soon as I installed Jetpack, my website was so slow. This article helped me to fix the problem. Thanks for posting.

  2. kevin says:

    I left Jetpack as it is after installed, then test the performance before and after, I wrote the result here: https://kevinhq.com/plugin-review/jetpack-slows-down-my-site/

    My conclusion is, it did not slow down my site ( according to Gtmetrix, it slowed down a bit but I did not notice it).

    So, in my case, performance is fine.
    Will try your tips on deactivating some modules, and will see how it goes with the tests…

    • Ethan Clevenger says:

      Yeah, I’m not surprised this varies per installation, and certain modules will certainly be advantageous compared to others. Not sure which module was triggering the tracking pixel my install was waiting on, but it’s hard to argue against lazy loading images and serving them up via CDN!

  3. kevin says:

    Regarding Photon CDN module, unless you had a bunch of large images, it won’t make any significant performance difference.

    I also updated my Jetpack experiment here: https://kevinhq.com/plugin-review/jetpack-slows-down-my-site/

    For now, I only enabled two modules: Stats and the one that publishes the post to wordpress.com firehose.

    I am still evaluating this, and will see how it goes…

  4. I followed your mentioned tips and it really helps me to improve my website speed. jetpack is slowing down websites only when you have extra modules enable. Just disable unwanted modules and enjoy features of jetpack.

  5. kevin says:

    Sorry but for several reasons, I am not using WordPress anymore on my site. It’s just an overkill for the site.

    Here are the story: https://kevinhq.com/when-wordpress-is-not-for-your-project.html

    So, please disregard my earlier comment about Jetpack, etc… because I don’t use WordPress anymore so the final conclusion is still Jetpack is slowing down your site :)

  6. Ron says:

    Even without the stats module active, Jetpack contacts the pixel.wp.com box… So, I guess the only way to not wait for that … is to not use Jetpack.

    • Ethan Clevenger says:

      I haven’t noticed this, but also haven’t tested it. But yeah, I’ve usually erred on the side of “How can I not use Jetpack?”