I’ve been holding off for a very long time to add a plugin like Powerpack Beaver Addons to my tools of the trade. I’ve had my fair share of negative experience using these all-you-can-eat tools for web design, especially the impact all that code can have on your load speed.
A few years back, I ran a WooCommerce store built on a still very popular theme on Themeforest. Whenever WooCommerce came out with a new update, it took weeks and weeks before the author decided it was time to make the theme compatible. More often than not, updating the theme meant I had to test each and every part of the store thoroughly. It happened more than once, that some parts were broken.
I blame the gigantic codebase such themes bring with them. They want to do everything and thus have so much functionality you don’t need, but is there anyway. Whether you want it or not, it has an impact on the load speed of your website too. Load speed should be holy ground for every web designer. It should be one of the things always on your mind when you’re building a website.
So, I just decided to install such an all-you-can-eat buffet on top of Beaver Builder. How does it cope up in terms of load speed? Does PowerPack has a measurable impact on my load speed? In other words, will my website be served slower to our visitors?
This is not a scientific test, but I ran a few load speed tests on our homepage: before, after installing the plugin and after adding one module to the page.
Do you wanna know the answer beforehand? On this site and with our particular hosting setup, PowerPack had zero impact! It’s not what I expected, to be honest.
So what follows are the scorecards from the Pingdom Website Speed Test I ran. To back this up, I have data from Google Pagespeed and GTMetrix too.
Pagespeed to start with
Pagespeed after installing the plugin
all default values checked: all modules and extensions are activated.
Pagespeed after adding one simple module to the page
You can see for yourself that adding PowerPack to this website has had zero impact on performance.
I don’t know about the inner workings of this plugin, and I don’t know yet how it turns out when using this plugin more extensively on a website, but to start with, these are encouraging results!
I’m sure I’m going to use PowerPack Beaver Addons more and more as it is a huge timesaver when building out a website. As all things related to Beaver Builder, it’s easy to customize and tweak things just the way you want, without to much CSS bloat.
Are you using PowerPack and does it impact your load speed? Let me know in the comments.