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Admin Panel

Last modified: October 23, 2018

This section features key indicators that can help you monitor the performance of your WordPress Admin Panel and basic guidance to help you improve its performance to enriched your publishing experience.

The Admin Panel is the WordPress wp-admin, a central place for all publishing activities, as well as administrative tasks. This means that a slow WordPress Admin Dashboard is an absolute nightmare for every user, as it can drastically affect your productivity. No one wants to wait an eternity to save a post update or to wait just as much to navigate through the menu options.

For this reason, we also provide performance stats for your Admin Panel: the page generation time, the number of queries made for each request, the average query time, the amount of memory used for generating a page and the slow queries. By analyzing these indicators you can take all the necessary actions in order to improve the speed of your WordPress Admin Dashboard.

The Performance Stats for your Admin Panel
info The Performance Stats for your Admin Panel

Each of these key indicators comes with a maximum recommended value. Keeping your site below these values will determine a high performance of your Admin Panel.

These performance stats are divided by page type: front page, article page, and archive page. You can prevent one of these categories from appearing on the charts by simply deselecting the category you want to exclude.

You can visualize these performance metrics on selected periods of time, such as the last 24 hours, the last week, the last month, as well as select a custom timeframe. You can also choose how to visualize them: weekly, daily, hourly, 10 minutes apart or even 1 minute apart.

Select a time period for the performance stats
info Select a time period for the performance stats

All the information is categorized by timezones, based on your computer’s time and location settings. Let’s take each of these categories one by one:

Page Generation Time

This metric shows how long it takes, on average, to execute the site code and generate the HTML of your site.

Be aware that the recommended maximum value to generate a page is 2000 ms. Values exceeding this recommended value require investigation, since this will result in a very slow wp-admin.

Example of chart for the Page Generation Time for your Admin Panel
info Example of chart for the Page Generation Time for your Admin Panel

Number of Queries per Request

Here you can find how many database queries are executed in order to generate the HTML.

The maximum recommended value for these queries is 60.

Example of chart displaying the Number of Queries per Request in your Admin Panel
info Example of chart displaying the Number of Queries per Request in your Admin Panel

If these graphs exceed the red line, you can use plugins like Query Monitor to identify who is making the extra queries in question: https://wordpress.org/plugins/query-monitor/.

Peak Memory

Here you can see the amount of memory required to generate a page, with a maximum recommended value of 64 MB.

Example of chart displaying the amount of memory used for generating a page on your Admin Panel
info Example of chart displaying the amount of memory used for generating a page on your Admin Panel

Average Query Time

This is another important metric that shows how long DB queries take to execute, on average.

The maximum recommended value is 400ms.

Example of chart displaying the Average Query Time on your Admin Panel
info Example of chart displaying the Average Query Time on your Admin Panel

Slow Queries

This metric should close to zero.

This metric is highly important, showing the amount of queries that are too slow and need urgent attention.

To see the queries that slow down your wp-admin, you can check the logs from the log section Site -> Logs -> PHP Logs.

Example of chart displaying the number of slow queries on your Admin Panel
info Example of chart displaying the number of slow queries on your Admin Panel

FAQs

Why are editors complaining my wp-admin is slow?

The first thing to do in this situation is to check our Performance stats regarding your wp-admin. Here you can easily see the factors that could be slowing down your wp-admin. Your site should be below the maximum recommended values for each chart found on this page.

A common cause is that your site has slow queries, which are usually caused by a plugin or a bloated DB (post revisions are the first to look for in the DB; they should be periodically cleaned). You can see the slow queries in the logs section of our dashboard.

You need to also take a look at the REST API and Ajax calls as well as the periodic scheduled (cron) tasks.