Monitoring your WordPress site with New Relic

What are you using to monitoring your WordPress site?

I’m using New Relic, I been using New Relic for a long time and like it, when my site goes down (happens sometimes) New Relic will send me an notification.

Not only notifications, I can set my own alerts notifications, so I can be warned we there is e.g. heave traffic to the site. You could set events that you are important to you.

There is a lot of information that you can get from monitoring in detail your site. Looking at my New Relic monitoring overview, my bottleneck on my server is PHP, I can overcome that with upgrading to PHP 7. Benchmarks of WordPress using PHP 7 are showing a 2-3 x speed improvement compared to PHP 5.6.

Upgrade to PHP 7 is a project I have planned for later this year.

Currently there is not php7 agent for new relic, so if you want to monitor your WordPress site with New Relic, you should wait – the latest rumour is that the PHP 7 agent will be available in February 2016.

New Relic have added support for WordPress monitoring, this is a great option to monitoring your WordPress site.

WordPress Monitoring

Monitoring WordPress transaction times with New Relic, allows me to explore which plugin that take the longest to load, what load time the theme take.


This is a great help for me, I do not need to have a plugin or use other means to measure load time to find which plugin is causing an issue. It saves me time to focus on another tasks, it also gives me the opportunity to try out different plugins with similar functionality on my staging host before I choice one and add it to my production.

Monitoring the WordPress hooks, lets me get an insight to the inner working of WordPress, as you can see of the image below. Plugin loading is the most time-consuming task when loading WordPress.


The New Relic WordPress Monitoring has speed up my website, I have disabled plugins that I used occasionally e.g. backup (I enable the plugin when I make a backup). I also have remove plugins that I used to trouble shoot my site with, especially plugins e.g. P3 Profiler that shows me the load time of plugins. I can do that now with New Relic WordPress Monitoring.

With monitoring WordPress Hooks/Plugins & Theme, I can sort the data that New Relic collects from my server, like:

  • Most time-consuming
  • Slowest average call time
  • Function call time


I find the New Relic monitoring a great tool to monitoring my WordPress server, you should check it out.


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