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How to disable embeds in WordPress

Embeds were released with WordPress 4.4. However, with this came some extra inline code they add to your site (link rel tags), including a JavaScript file (wp-embed.min.js). You can disable embeds altogether to speed things up.


Disabling embeds on your WordPress site will do the following:

  • It prevents others from embedding your site, as well as you from embedding sites.
  • Removes oEmbed-specific JavaScript.
  • Disables filtering of oEmbed results.
  • Removes oEmbed discovery links.
  • Turns off oEmbed auto discovery.
  • Removes all embed rewrite rules.

Disable embeds

Follow the steps below to disable embeds.

Step 1

Click into the Perfmatters plugin settings.

Perfmatters plugin settings
Perfmatters plugin settings

Step 2

Make sure you’re on the “General” submenu.

Perfmatters General submenu
Perfmatters General submenu

Step 3

Toggle on “Disable Embeds.”

Disable embeds with Perfmatters plugin
Disable embeds with Perfmatters plugin

Step 4

Scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

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