If you are a WordPress web developer, then you have most likely used the popular plugin called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) which was created by GoDaddy.com. This plugin was a huge asset to anyone who uses WordPress to check the performance of their site plugins.
As per the official listing on the WordPress site:
This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time. Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site.
Great right? You can use P3 to see what plugin is slowing down your site so that you can remove said plugin to get a little speed boost. The data it displayed was also pretty nice as it showed you in a easy to read pie chart which plugin is hindering your site’s performance. GoDaddy definitely had a winner here. But, all good things must come to an end.
As per this writing, the plugin has not been updated in in 3 years which results in issues and errors on your site.
As WordPress gets updated, older plugins could lose their functionality. P3 did quite well for itself, however, with the launch of php7 in 2015, P3 was doomed. More and more reviews started coming in saying P3 is no longer working and some say it still works. However, if you keep up with the times and keep your site updated, you will most likely have php7 installed and running, which ultimately kills P3.
Why run php7? Well, it’s more secure and also helps WordPress run faster. So it’s a no brainier, but with php7 comes plugins that no longer work if the developers don’t update.
Is there a P3 alternative plugin to use?
Well, at this time, it doesn’t appear so. I’ve looked for an alternative but none really stick out that do what P3 did. Godaddy did respond to some user complaints about this on the WordPress forums as the image shows below.
As you can see, GoDaddy themselves pretty much said P3 is done for. As of right now, the only way I can see to test your plugins is to use the GTMetrix website before and after your plugin install. Compare the page speed results manually to get an idea of it’s performance. Unfortunately, this is a time consuming endeavor, but it will pay off in the end when your site is running at optimal speeds. Just make sure you do NOT have a caching plugin or CDN setup yet as you want to see true speeds first.