Do you want to add a WordPress query monitor on your site?
A query monitor gives you a behind the scene look into your WordPress site so that you can debug performance issues like a pro.
In this article, we will show you how to add a WordPress query monitor on your site.
What Is WordPress Query Monitor?
A WordPress query monitor is a debugging tool that monitors the requests your WordPress website makes to the server.
You can then use this information to troubleshoot WordPress issues or find and fix common WordPress errors.
Some of the things you can look up are:
- Database queries triggered by a page in WordPress
- HTTP requests made by scripts in your themes or plugins
- Hooks and actions triggered on a page
- Language, user role checks, and template files used to display the page
- Your hosting environments like PHP and MySQL versions, memory limits, and more
That being said, let’s take a look at how to add a query monitor on your WordPress site.
Adding Query Monitor in WordPress
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Query Monitor plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, the plugin will add the query monitor menu to your WordPress admin bar.
Taking your mouse over to the query monitor will display the menu, allowing you to jump to a parameter quickly. You can also click on the query monitor stats to view all data.
Viewing Data in WordPress Query Monitor
First, you need to make sure that the WordPress admin bar is visible when you are viewing your website. Simply go to Users » Your Profile page and check the box next to ‘Show Toolbar when viewing site’ option.
Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update profile’ button to store your settings.
Next, you need to visit the page you want to check the queries for. Once on this page, simply take the mouse over to the query monitor menu in the admin bar and click on the section you want to view.
Monitoring SQL Queries
The Query Monitor plugin allows you to monitor all SQL queries, queries by caller, and queries by component. The queries by component section shows you the queries made by plugins, themes, and core files.
Rewrite Rules and Templates
This section of the plugin shows you matching rewrite rules and the templates being used to display the current page.
Scripts and Styles
Hooks and Actions
The Hooks and Actions section shows you the hooks used and the actions triggered while loading the current page.
This section shows you the language files requested and loaded by the current page. If you run a multilingual WordPress site, then this helps you figure out which themes and plugins have language files available.
HTTP API Calls
This section displays HTTP API calls made to third-party API libraries.
A transient API allows developers to store information in your WordPress database with an expiration time. This section displays any transient updates requested during the current page load.
Capability Checks Section
The Capability Checks section displays user role capabilities checks run by WordPress core, plugins, and themes while loading the current page.
This is where you will get your WordPress hosting environment information, like the PHP version, MySQL version, MySQL Host, WordPress database name, and more.
This is where the plugin shows conditions that were required to display the current page view.
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Luke Cavanagh says
When you do not need to find slow queries on your site, deactivate Query Monitor, if left active it can decrease performance on the site and increase memory usage.