In our last publications, we have tested different Plugins to analyze whether they slow down WordPress, and how much.

 

To do so, we created a New Site locally, on our computer, so that we can do whatever we want without jeopardizing our Site.

  • We then compared different performance parameters with Google Chrome’s Audit tool.

 

Today, we will explain you how to do it, step by step. It is very simple.

  • If you want to try a Plugin, a Theme, a Font… but you don’t want to put your Site at risk, it is a good option.

 

In case you don’t know, in this section we talk about How we are building this Website: our SEO strategy, Theme and Plugins we use, our Real Results (Pageviews and Users we have)…

 

As usual, this Post will be divided into 2 different sections:

1. How to test a WordPress Plugin without installing it.

2. Our Today’s Google Analytics report: Users and Pageviews we have.

 

Let’s begin:

1. How to test a WordPress Plugin without installing it.

First of all, you have to download and install Local (not sponsored).

  • This is the program that allows you to create functional WordPress sites in your computer.

 

Download and install Local

 

Instead of installing all the components in your Hosting space, all the files will be allocated in your computer.

 

We know what you are probably thinking:

  • “But can I install Plugins?”
  • “Can I add themes?”
  • etc.

Yes.

You will notice nothing different from your hosted Site.

 

And, if you are concerned about the accuracy of the Page Speed results obtained, just think about this:

  • The important thing is not the “absolute” result obtained, but the difference there is with and without an Element installed.

 

If you want to find out if a Plugin slows down WordPress, compare the results obtained with Google Chrome’s Audit Tool. That is all.

 

Create a New Site

 

It is very Easy.

You only have to:

  • Name your Project.
  • Choose your Username and Password for each project.

You can configure the php version you want and much more options.

 

We used the default configuration.

  • In this way, you have to do nothing.

 

Once your Site has been created, you’ll find it in the Main Menu:

 

Now, you can start your Site.

 

Start your Local Site

 

Once you have started your Site, select “View Site”

 

You already have your Site running

 

And, in case you were wondering, the Dashboard works exactly as it would on a Hosted Site:

 

You can install Plugins, Themes… As in any regular Site.

 

How can you Test the performance of a Local Site?

 

With Google Chrome’s Audit Tool.

 

You can Generate a Report and check the results obtained:

 

Comparing the different results obtained; with and without a New Element installed, you can get the conclusions you are looking for.

 

What information can you get?

These are the main metrics you can study with  Google Chrome’s Audit tool:

Metrics and Opportunities obtained with Chrome’s Audit Tool.

 

We recommend you to check our Posts:

There we explain Step by Step, how we analyzed those Plugins.

  • And what metrics were the most important to do it.

 

2. Our Today’s Google Analytics report: Users and Pageviews we have.

This past week has been a good week … finally.

 

Users:

As you can see in the Post’s top image, we finally hit 200 users per day (3 days in the last week).

  • Now, our target is to “entrench” these numbers.

 

Pageviews:

We currently have 7,025 page views per month.

  • Our goal is to reach 10,000 page views per month this summer.
    • It is a difficult goal: Summer holidays… bad time for ambitious goals.

 

All these numbers wouldn’t be possible without you.

So, as always: thanks for being there!

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