Official Facebook WordPress Plugin Causes Serious Lag

For the last few weeks we have been trialing the official Facebook WordPress plugin. It seemed like a no brainier, adding some nice features including a nice widget the floats down the bottom of the page and encourages users to browse more content on your site that has been popular on Facebook. However, we have noticed on our setup that it was causing some serious issues.

  1. We had some heavy backend lag, and sometime backend pages wouldn’t even load, the comment moderation page seemed to be the worst.
  2. We noticed that the front end of the site was much slower to respond too. It seemed to double the response time of the site which floats around 400-500ms, and has been averaging over 1000ms since we enabled Facebook’s official WordPress plugin.


Pingdom Response time report

I guessing the conflict may be something to do with our setup. Pingable uses a MAXCDN to speed up file delivery, so it may be a conflict with that or the way we have W3 Total Cache configured. Either way…a slow site isn’t good enough, so the Facebook plugin is going for now.

I’d be curious to hear if others are having issues with the new Facebook plugin. A quick search on Google uncoverd a few others having the same issues as we are:

12 thoughts on “Official Facebook WordPress Plugin Causes Serious Lag”

  1. Its always been a problem with Facebook plugins and even the code directly from Facebook.

    The Facebook developers still have some work to do on this plugin and i won’t be using it until these issues have been resolved

  2. Facebook since the time it upgraded to Timeline has always lagged! It has made things more complicated! Well, this is some serious trouble now!

  3. I have always had trouble with plugins, every time I tried using them. But the Facebook saga stands out so vividly that it’s always the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of plugin problems. I guess, the developers at Facebook are so busy innovating the site (and trying to complicate our lives, in the process!) that they often forget to pay attention to the problems that comes along with it. I kept thinking I was the only one facing problems, but now that I see it, I think it’s about time they do something about it. Or the Facebook plugin is definitely joining the Dinosaurs!

  4. It’s typical! Although, I’m sure that it’s just a matter of time till a few tweaks are made and WordPress gets to up and running as supposed to as a facebook plugin 😉

  5. Facebook plugin can be a great source of traffic, and helps connecting the visitors with your resource. Such issues can really affect the social connection with our visitors.

  6. Plugins always gave me trouble since beginning, every time I tried using them. Facebook plugin can be a great source of traffic, and helps connecting the visitors with your resource. I never tried this but I am looking forward to try this out on my blogs. Good post, thanks for sharing.

  7. Facebook plugin can be a great source of traffic, and helps connecting the visitors with your resource. I never found Facebook complicated even after changing into a timeline. It has always been user friendly.

  8. @Simon

    I refuse to even have a Facebook Like button on my site as according to Pingdom it slows my page load time by over 2 seconds. A note to anyone, try running you site through the Pingdom page load time tool and you’ll see what I mean (look for the time it takes to load the FB resource)

    http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

    Facebook have improved slightly recently but compared to Google +, Pinterest and Twitter, their resources do cause a serious lag.

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