Element Usage Compilation – What’s it for?
“Composium – Visual Composer Extensions” includes over 140+ new elements for Visual Composer. But every active element requires system resources and impact overall site performance … think of things like load times, processing times, memory consumption, and so forth.
When you first design your site, you probably do not know yet which elements you are actually going to use, so you might enable a large number, or all of them. But once your site is finished, you might want to improve a little on performance, but didn’t keep track of which elements you used on which pages or posts.
And that is exactly where the “Element Usage Compilation” feature comes very handy. The tool scans all your posts and pages for any shortcodes that are associated with any of this addons elements in Visual Composer, and provides you with a detailed listing of the results, allowing you to quickly determine which elements can be safely disabled, without interrupting your site.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
FIND OUT WHICH ELEMENTS YOU ARE ACTUALLY USING
Initialize (New) Site Scan
When opening the element usage statistics page for the very first time, the page will simply greet you with a short description and a button to start your first sitewide scan. Clicking on the provided “Compile New Usage Statistic” button will start the scan.
After initializing the usage scan, a popup will simply inform you not to leave the page and to wait for the scan to complete. Based on the scope of your site (number of posts and pages), the scan can take a short while.
Check Scan Recommendations
After the usage compilation has been completed, this section will provide you with a verbal summary of the results, along with some recommendations as to what you should do based on the results.
The provided button “(De)Activate All (Un)Used Elements” will attempt to automatically activate and deactivate elements based on the recommendations shown. If you prefer, you can of course do so manually in the settings page for the plugin.
View Detailed Scan Information
You can filter and sort the table with the compilation results in a variety of ways; you can even export it, if you want. Clicking on any row within the table will provide you with more in-depth information about the respective element, such as the number of pages/posts it is used in, direct edit links to those pages/posts, as well as the version numbers at which the element was first introduced and deprecated (if applicable).