How to Test WordPress Comments Performance via Benchmarking?
We’ve got a massive section about WordPress performance, so be sure to check that out. However, when it comes to benchmarking, there are a few free tools out there that can be used for assessing site performance before going down the road of making changes to improve speeds. It’s always best to backup, test, tweak, re-test, and then compare.
The benchmarking tests below aren’t strictly about comment performance, but we recommend you test pages with numerous comments so that you get the most complete picture of how comment-rich pages will perform. This is particularly true where you’ve got enough comments on the page to consider pagination, lazy loading, caching, and so on.
There are a number of tools on the market for benchmarking, some of which give a slightly different picture on performance, so it’s generally recommended to try a few, compare results, see what fixes are recommended for easy wins, and then look at comment performance solutions specifically to see what you can do to speed things up.
- Pingdom Tools – tools.pingdom.com
- WebPageTest – webpagetest.org
- GTMetrix – gtmetrix.com
- Google PageSpeed Insights – PageSpeed Insights
- YSlow – yslow.org
- Gift of Speed – giftofspeed.com
Have a go, see how you score, make a backup, make some changes, retest and rinse, lather, repeat.
What Benchmark Statistics are there for WordPress / Comments?
WordPress is the most widely used content management system (CMS) in the world, with approximately 60% market share – of all CMS systems. That represents roughly 1/3rd of all websites in existence (35%)!
With 400+ million people viewing some 25+ billion pages per month, WordPress-based consumption is massive and growing daily.
Comments? There are roughly 50 million WordPress comments per month across 75 million new posts.
eCommerce is a popular usage, with 28% going through WordPress and WooCommerce.
Not all of the 50,000+ plugins on WordPress.org relate to comments, but there are many.