I have been learning from various experimentations that even though you may like a widget that is added to WordPress, you need to decide wisely which widgets you actually use.
I just did a major site overhaul to reduce the amount of widgets that my sites were running. After I cut out @ 10 widgets my site seems to be moving a lot faster than it previously did.
Take a peek, and see if you can see the difference…
Some of the widgets that I found were slowing me were:
Wp-SpamFree, WP-Greet, WP-Stats, WassUp, Referrer Detector, Adman, Maintenance Mode, GD Star Ratings
If you don’t really need it, then deactivate it, and delete it.
WP-SpamFree actually seems to parallel Akismet, and WassUp doesn’t do much more than Blog Stats. WP-Greet is not absolutelly necessary, & Referrer Detector is actually pointless if you are configured for Google.
What happens is that based on the amount of plugins your blog must call the server database a set amount of times. The more times you call your database… The longer it takes to load.
Hopefully this helps everyone with gaining some speed in your blog.