WordPress is one of the most ideal and renowned frameworks for creating blogs or sites, whether professional or personal. This can be attributed to its user friendly interface and a library full with free plug-ins, which makes blogging a cake walk for a new blogger or even a non-coder. However, in order to achieve the best, it is advisable to optimize the built-in functionalities and select the right add-ons.
Recent updates in Google’s ranking algorithm make site-loading speed as one of the critical factors in website ranking. WordPress helps you achieve this by allowing you to use suitable plugins that enable better site-loading speeds, thus improving your website ranking. Read on to learn about the plugins that helps speed up wordpress load time.
Also, it is best to note your site loading speed using Google Page Speed Insights, before and after the plugin installation to enable better comparison. Share your experience with us and let us know if there were any problems encountered during the process.
W3 Total Cache
This plugin works by caching pages, posts, feeds, search results, database objects and provides transparent Content Delivery Network (CDN) Integration. Caching results in speedy site loading which in turn improves website ranking. It also improves the web server performance enabling it to withstand high traffic periods. All in all a great plugin for wordpress speed optimization
EWWW Image Optimizer
A vital tool for sites displaying images, this plugin compresses JPG and PNG files, thus reducing the file size and converts high size formats into JPG and PNG. Generally, it uses lossless compression that doesn’t affect the quality of the image, but you can customize the settings to select the lossy option if the quality of images isn’t significant for your site or blog.
Advanced Lazy Load
The Advanced Lazy Load plugin is highly beneficial for bloggers who use multiple images as a focal point on their blogs or sites. Merely compressing the images is not enough, as multiple images, even after they are compressed, can make the site oddly slow. That’s when this tool comes to the rescue!
The plugin uses a mechanism by which only those images that are in the area visible to the user get loaded. So even if there are multiple images, only the images present in the visible spectrum will be loaded on opening the page. As the user scrolls down, remaining images start loading one by one. This facilitates improved loading speeds and also saves the user’s browsing data!
Not only huge databases but redundant rows in your database can also make your site loading speed slower. Websites don’t generally have huge databases but many have redundant rows. WP optimize is specifically designed for WordPress and is a database optimization plugin that removes redundant rows and useless entries in your database. Fewer rows enable faster queries that in turn enable your site to load faster. Don’t expect this to be a game changer as there may just be minor changes which however, are worth the effort considering a mere installation of a plugin.
Leverage Browser Caching Ninja
This plugin facilitates browser caching that performs the function of saving smaller website elements and CSS in the user’s computer memory. This in turn enables faster site loading as the smaller elements are already saved and only the larger elements need to load every time the site is opened. It does not require any configuration, you just need to install it and it will start working.
Lazy Load for Videos
This plugin comes handy for pages having video elements. Lazy Load for Videos automatically recognises videos on the page and replaces them with a static thumbnail. The video will load only when the user clicks on the static thumbnail, thus reducing the loading time of the page.
GZip Ninja Speed Compression
This is another compression plugin, but this time it’s for your coded files. Coding for websites and their themes takes up a lot of space, which ensures that the coded files are well documented and maintained. On the other hand, this may result in redundant memory usage which can be removed using the GZip compression plugin. The plugin compresses the coded files and removes the useless space, making CSS, HTML files smaller. Impressively, this tool reduces more than 50% of the file size on an average. Developers can modify the files even after the compression as the plugin merely compresses files and does not alter the original files.
This plugin is preferable to W3 Total Cache as it is a specific and dedicated tool to file compression and delivers better management and efficiency.
P3 Plugin Performance Profiler
Now that you have learnt about the important plugins, perhaps performing a check on them can point out the sluggish ones and removing them can set the site in motion.
P3 is a plugin to check the performance of plugins on your website. It creates a detailed and comprehensive report of the load time of your plugins. With this report, you can identify slow and heavy plugins and replace them with optimal ones.
This plugin will help you organize the other plugins you use for your site. Once you identify the most and the least important plugins to you after using the P3 plugin, this tool will help you load specific plugins on specific pages and also set the loading order manually.
So get your site roaring and improve your Google ranking with these plugins. It is also highly recommended to use Cloudflare with your blog which is free of cost and offers free CDN integration.