what's the best for speed : plugin network activated or per subsite


I was just wondering for speed execution of plugin in WP what is the best :

network activated a plugin
or activated this plugin subsite per subsite?

Or maybe it doesn't have any effect.

Thank you


  • Vaughan

    Hi Ludovic,

    Hope you're well?

    It ultimately depends on the plugin. Some plugins have to be network activated.

    However the general rule is, you shouldn't activate a plugin unless you are using it or really need it. Network activating will activate the plugin on all subsites regardless, and on a busy network, this can seriously affect the site speeds, especially if the plugins aren't being used on a lot of subsites but they are still activated.

    So ideally, unless you actually need the plugin network activating and require all sites to use that plugin, then it's best to leave it to the individual site admins to decide whether to activate it or not, that's my opinion.

    Hope this helps

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