WordPress-specific functionality

If you install New Relic for WordPress websites, the PHP agent receives additional metrics. A WordPress page appears in the New Relic user interface: Go to rpm.newrelic.com/apm > (select a WordPress app) > Monitoring > WordPress.

rpm.newrelic.com/apm > (select a WordPress app) > Monitoring > WordPress: Example of special metrics for WordPress websites.


Your software engineer can control which WordPress-specific metrics your app sends to New Relic by using the PHP agent's ini setting newrelic.framework.wordpress.hooks. This is enabled by default in versions 5.3 or higher, and it can be disabled with:

newrelic.framework.wordpress.hooks = false

Although this setting uses the word .hooks, it controls all WordPress metrics sent to New Relic, including hooks, plugins, and themes.


The PHP agent receives metrics for the following:

  • Hooks: These metrics indicate time spent within each WordPress hook. Time is calculated from the hook dispatch functions apply_filters, apply_filters_ref_array, do_action, and do_action_ref_array.
  • Plugins and themes: These metrics indicate time spent within each WordPress plugin and theme. Time is calculated from the dispatch functions for hooks.

Integration with New Relic partners

By integrating your WordPress application with New Relic APM, you can view performance directly from your WordPress app's Administration page. For example, W3 Total Cache is one of New Relic's Connect partners that specializes in WordPress apps.

WordPress plugin for browser monitoring

Signing up for a New Relic account and adding New Relic Browser monitoring to your WordPress site is fast and easy with the New Relic Browser plugin for WordPress. The plugin and New Relic Browser monitoring do not require the special access required to install the New Relic APM PHP agent.

This makes them generally compatible with all WordPress hosting providers. In addition, the WordPress plugin is supported by the authors and the WordPress community.

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