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Best WordPress Optimization Plugins to Improve Speed

by chris rodriguez on January 22, 2016

WordPress might be the largest and most popular content management system in the world, but there are a few simple steps for optimization to make your site faster. WordPress optimization is an important consideration for any business with a large, load-heavy website.  WordPress is a large system and has been known to run a bit slower on shared hosting setups. If you do not want to upgrade your hosting but want to take some simple steps to improve the speed of your WordPress website, there are a few plugins that you can install that will help you to do so. Install these plugins to improve the load speed of your website, which also helps your standing in search engines.

1. EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is a plugin that allows you to automatically optimize images and reduce their size as you upload them to your WordPress installation, as well as images that have already been uploaded previously. This helps images to load more quickly for your visitors and reduces the overall size of your page. EWWW Image Optimizer currently works with .JPG, and .PNG file types, the most common image files types used on the web.

2. Plugin Speed Test

This is an excellent plugin that can provide a lot of insight into whether yo not you need to speed up your website and what things might be causing issues. Many WordPress users install many plugins and allow them to run in the background without putting any thought into which of those plugins might be creating performance issues. This plugin allows you to evaluate the plugins that are effecting your Google PageSpeed score for your homepage and additional pages on your website.

3. W3 Total Cache

Caching is the process of saving pieces of your website the first time that it is loaded so that when they visit your website in the future, they do not have to load nearly as many items. Images are an excellent example of the types of things that can truly slow down a website and can be greatly improved with caching plugins. W3 Total Cache has been the go-to caching plugin for a number of years now. It is a simple but effective solution to help you greatly reduce page load times across your website. Keep in mind that caching plugins can cause issues with other plugins on your website.

4. Better WordPress Minify

Better WordPress Minify allows you to reduce your CSS and JS files, which will improve the load time of all pages onyour website. Using this plugin also helps to improve compatibility between plugins and themes. Additionally, the plugin allows you to use the content deliver network of your choice to quickly load content and reduce the loading time of all pages on your website.

5. Image Lazy Load

One of the biggest reasons why many websites experience slow loading times on WordPress platforms is due to the slow loading of images, which can put a lot of strain on loading times. Image Lazy Load allows for images to be loaded only as required, as users scroll down the page. This greatly reduces the initial load times for the website, while increasing later load times and effectively spread out loading across their usage of the website. Performance issues are a common problem with WordPress users, but using these basic plugins can help you to reduce those issues and speed up your website.

6. GTmetrix for WordPress

The GTmetrix Plugin for WordPress is a tool that will help you to analyze your site’s performance. It creates a dashboard widget that displays your Google page speed, Yahoo! YSlow grade, load time, page size, total number of requests, and a link to a full report. It also hooks you up to the GTmetrix API which allows you to run analyses, schedule reports on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, and receive alerts about the status of your site directly within your WordPress dashboard.

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