Falcon – WordPress Optimizations & Tweaks


Falcon is lightweight WordPress plugin that provide a list of optimizations and tweaks that help you improve the performance and user experience for your WordPress sites.


Falcon offers a comprehensive list of 49 FREE modules (and growing) for you to tweak and optimize your WordPress websites. These options are divided into the following categories:


  • Disable Gutenberg (the block editor)
  • Disable heartbeat
  • Disable embeds, e.g. prevent others from embedding your site and vise-versa
  • Disable comments
  • Remove website field from comment form
  • Disable revisions
  • Disable self pings
  • Disable privacy tools
  • Disable cron
  • Disable auto updates
  • Block external requests
  • Search only posts
  • Disable replacing text with formatted entities like smart quotes, dashes, ellipses, etc.

Header cleanup

  • Remove feed links
  • Remove RSD link
  • Remove wlwmanifest link
  • Remove adjacent posts links
  • Remove WordPress version number
  • Remove shortlink
  • Remove REST API link


  • Asynchronous load CSS to avoid blocking load of CSS files
  • Remove query string for JavaScript and CSS files
  • Remove jQuery Migrate
  • Set scheme-less URLs for JavaScript and CSS files, e.g. remove http: and https: from URLs
  • Remove styles for recent comments widget
  • Cleanup nav menu item ID & classes
  • Disable emojis
  • Disable scaling down big images
  • Disable automatic image rotation based on EXIF data
  • Disable thumbnail generation
  • Enable maintenance mode


  • Remove admin email confirmation
  • Disable auto update email notification
  • Disable admin email notification when a new user is registered
  • Disable admin email notification when users reset passwords
  • Change default WordPress from name and email
  • SMTP configuration


  • Show site icon on login page
  • Remove update nags
  • Remove footer text
  • Remove default dashboard widgets
  • Remove WordPress logo in the admin bar
  • Remove application passwords


  • Disable REST API for unauthenticated requests
  • Disable XML-RPC
  • Restrict upload file types
  • Disable detailed login errors
  • Block AI bots from crawling/stealing your content, which also affect the performance
  • Force login to view the website

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Go to Dashboard | Plugins | Add New and search for Falcon. Then install and activate the plugin.


December 9, 2023
Finally, after manually disabling all that stuff I don’t need in my Themes and wondering why it didn’t work half of the time, I can finally rely on a simple but powerful plugin. Thanks!
November 17, 2023
Firstly I would rate this plugin with 5 stars. However I found an issue in the Assets tab section for : Cleanup nav menu item ID & classes It was enabled by default. So mega menu pages and mega menu drop down was not working. I had to disable manually and my menus are working perfectly. I would advise the developer to disable it by default so that majority customers don’t need to fix their menu not working issues.
November 20, 2020
Simple and works! I’m using it in all my sites. Thanks!
Read all 7 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Falcon – WordPress Optimizations & Tweaks” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



2.8.3 – 2024-05-17

  • Disable XML-RPC methods
  • Fix: activation error on ajax request
  • Update fix word disable detailed login errors

2.8.2 – 2024-03-17

  • Add a link to the settings page in the plugin meta row
  • Auto redirect to the settings page after activation

2.8.1 – 2024-02-28

  • Add options to change default email from name and address
  • Add more AI bots to the block list

2.8.0 – 2024-02-20

  • Add SMTP configuration
  • Add maintenance mode
  • Add block AI bots option
  • Add force login option

2.7.2 – 2023-12-11

  • Fix not loading email options
  • Fix remove dashboard widgets not removing welcome panel

2.7.1 – 2023-12-07

  • Add options for no emails when a new user is registered and users reset their passwords
  • Fix error when disabling all features. Closes #17.

2.7.0 – 2023-12-07

  • Update hook for disable core update email notification
  • Fix removing update nag not working
  • Add a new security tab with options to disable login errors and restrict upload file types

2.6.0 – 2023-12-03

  • Update the plugin style

2.5.0 – 2023-09-18

  • Add: Disable comments
  • Add: Remove website field from comment form
  • Add: Search only posts
  • Add: Disable replacing text with formatted entities like smart quotes, dashes, ellipses, etc.
  • Add: Disable scaling down big images
  • Add: Disable automatic image rotation based on EXIF data
  • Add: Disable thumbnail generation

2.4.1 – 2023-08-14

  • Remove classic theme styles for button blocks
  • Remove Jetpack widget

2.4.0 – 2023-08-02

  • Add asynchronous load CSS

2.3.0 – 2023-07-11

  • Disable cron
  • Disable auto updates
  • Block external requests
  • Fix missing current ancestor class for menu

2.2.0 – 2023-01-18

  • Cleanup nav menu item ID & classes
  • Disable privacy tools
  • Remove application passwords

2.1.0 – 2022-12-27

  • Add disable XML-RPC
  • Add disable Gutenberg
  • Add disable REST API
  • Add a set of admin tweaks
  • Organize features in tabs and update styling


  • Update compatibility tag


  • Fix missing vendor folder


  • Remove jQuery Migrate in the WordPress admin as well


  • Fix PHP warning when blocking self-pings
  • Fix textdomain


  • Fix auto-deployment


  • Re-add settings page
  • Update disble embeds module


  • Update compatibility with the latest version of WordPress
  • Fix not working with WP-CLI


  • Remove settings page
  • Do not use jQuery from Google CDN for better compatibility
  • Remove support for loading CSS async


  • Add option to use latest version of jQuery
  • Add option to exclude static resources from removing query string


  • Downgrade jQuery to 2.2.4 for better compatibility


  • Fix: File name case-sensitive


  • Fix: Load PHP file using absolute path.


  • New: Load CSS asynchronously (and selectively).
  • Fix: No error in the login page.
  • Requires PHP 5.4


  • Fix not loading file for media.


  • Remove Jetpack devicex script.
  • Requires PHP 5.3.


  • Update jQuery to 2.2.4


  • Use jQuery from Google CDN


  • Sets scheme-less URLs for JS and CSS files, e.g. removes ‘http:’ and ‘https:’ from URLs.


  • Initial release