WordPress High Resource Usage Plugins

All WordPress plugins are permitted for use on EpicHoster shared servers. However, our monitoring team may identify a WordPress plugin/plugins or combination of plugins that lead to high resource usage (high MySQL, CPU, RAM, I/O) from your account. By signing up for EpicHoster services, you agreed to the EpicHoster Acceptable Use Policy “AUP” stating that you or end users of your website will not abuse or use excessive amounts of server resources that leads to the degradation of services for other customers. EpicHoster reserves the right to modify settings or disable plugins in real-time, without notice, from offending accounts.

EpicHoster has compiled a list of offending WordPress plugins that are known to cause high resource usage. Please review this list of plugins and modify the settings or completely disable and delete the plugin to reduce the resource usage from your account.

Security Plugins

  • Wordfence

Many security plugins are redundant to the daily scanning and security already present on our environments to protect customers against brute force attacks, XML-RPC attacks, malicious code injections, and other forms of malware. These security plugins cause high MySQL, CPU, RAM, I/O usage on the shared servers.

Backup Plugins

  • Updraft/Updraft Plus
  • BulletProof Security
  • BackUpWordPress
  • BackWPup
  • WP Database Backup

Some backup plugins may cause a large number of MySQL queries when running, causing a slow site and page timeouts especially if ran during peak hours. Backup plugins are also redundant. EpicHoster provides free daily backups for all customers with shared hosting accounts. These daily backups are stored on separate backup servers allowing you to easily restore your files and database(s) if needed.

Related Post Plugins

  • Yet Another Related Post Plugin
  • Yet Another Featured Post Plugin
  • Similar Posts

Despite the popularity of these related post plugins, they are very database intensive and cause many problems with regards to MySQL.

Broken Link Checker / 404 Plugins

  • Broken Link Checker
  • Link Checker

Link checkers are known to run ongoing scans and recurring processes throughout the day causing high CPU usage. Please consider using external services such as Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools.

You won’t be penalized for broken links. Google’s own John Mueller stated, “Googlebot isn’t going to lose sleep over broken links…If you find things like this, I’d fix it primarily for your users, so that they’re able to use your site completely.”

Captcha/reCAPTCHA Plugins

  • Captcha Booster: Best Captcha Plugin

Some Captcha plugins are outdated and cause issues with page speed and page load. An alternative we recommend is Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) Plugin. This plugin allows you to set up the Google reCAPTCHA box or invisible reCAPTCHA if you choose.

Here is a full list of disallowed plugins. These plugins are disallowed on shared hosting environments due to being outdated, having various security vulnerabilities and high resource (CPU) usage.

6scan-backup 
6scan-protection
adminer
adsense-click-fraud-monitoring
automatic-wordpress-backup
backup
backup-scheduler
backupwordpress
backwpup
bad-behavior
broken-link-checker
clef
content-molecules
contextual-related-posts
counterize
dbc-backup
dynamic-related-posts
ezpz-one-click-backup
file-commander firestats
fuzzy-seo-booster
gd-system-plugin
gosquared-livestats
hc-custom-wp-admin-url
jr-referrer
jumpple
MailPoet
missed-schedule
newstatpress
no-revisions
ozh-who-sees-ads
p3-profiler
portable-phpmyadmin
pressbackup
recommend-a-friend
referrer-wp
repress
seo-alrp
sgcachepress
si-captcha-for-wordpress
similar-posts
simple-backup
simple-stats
simple-wordpress-backup
snapshot-backup
spamreferrerblock
ssclassic
sspro
statpress
statpress-reloaded
statpress-visitors
stats
super-post
superslider
sweetcaptcha-revolutionary-free-captcha-service
synthesis
text-passwords the-codetree-backup
toolspack
total-archive-by-fotan
total-backup
track-that-stat
tweet-blender
updraft
versionpress
visitor-stats-widget
vm-backups
vsf-simple-stats
wassup
wordfence
wordpress-backup
wordpress-beta-tester
wordpress-gzip-compression
wordpress-popular-posts
wp-complete-backup
wp-copysafe-pdf
wp-copysafe-web
wp-database-optimizer
wp-db-backup
wp-dbmanager
wpdbspringclean
wpengine-common
wpengine-migrate
wpengine-snapshot
wp-engine-snapshot
wp-mailinglist
wponlinebackup
wp-phpmyadmin
wp-postviews
wp-power-stats
wp-s3-backups
wp-simple-firewall
wp-slimstat
wp-symposium-alerts
wp-time-machine
yet-another-featured-posts-plugin
yet-another-related-posts-plugin