Aayush Bhaskar Verma/ April 26, 2018/ WordPress

We have discussed why speed is important for any website owner and typically for WordPress users. If your loading speed is higher than 3 second and website size larger than 2 MB, its a matter of concern and you should take time to work on this.

To help you save your time, I have created a list of some wonderful WordPress plugins that are highly useful for decreasing the loading time and enhancing the user experience of your blog.

Before installing any of the plugins listed, you should check speed status on Google page speed insights or Gtmetrix. They will show you all possible optimization steps you need to follow.

Below listed are 10 different plugins that work efficiently to help you leverage your cache, Minify CSS/HTML, Compresses Images and So on,…

Altogether, these plugins will help you speed up your WordPress blog in mimimal time with minimal effort.

1. WP Rocket

Constantly rated as the easiest and fastest to configure cache plugin by its users,  The WP Rocket is a cache plugin even managed hosts like Kinsta love to use.

wprocket cahe plugin

WP Rocket is a cache plugin specifically made to handle every aspect of cache for WordPress users. It helps you to handle page and browser cache along with the static compression of HTML files. This also includes following features:-

  • Sitemap Preloading
  • GZIP Compression
  • Browser Caching
  • Database Optimization
  • Google Fonts Optimization
  • Remove Query Strings from Static Resources
  • Lazyload
  • Minification / Concatenation
  • Defer JS Loading
  • CloudFlare Compatibility
  • CDN
  • DNS Prefetching
  • Mobile Detection
  • Multisite Compatibility
  • eCommerce Friendly
  • Multilingual Compatibility
  • Connected Users
  • Import/Export
  • Developer Friendly

The WP Rocket plugin is a premium option and it is priced at $39 for single sites.

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2. Autoptimize

if you are a manage web hosting and you are having a slow website, The Autoptimize plugin is for you.

Autoptimize plugin

Autoptimize is a simple plugin that helps you extra minify tour javascript, CSS/HTML files with few clicks.

You can also choose the “Extra” minification and compression settings to furthermore compress the aggregate files. This plugin is Free, isn’t so complex and no configuration is required for using its full potential.

You can use it with every other cache plugin except W3 Total cache because it has these options preinstalled.

I am using it on BforBloggers too and ever since I have installed Autoptimize, the loading speed has been consistently under 1.8 seconds.

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3. Shortpixel

The size of the images you upload is the biggest hurdle while loading your website. If they aren’t optimized, they will affect the overall speed and UX.

short-pixel-image compression plugin

Shortpixel is an amazing plugin I have been recommending to everyone. It is an image compression plugin that uses lossless image compression to further decrease the size of your blog post images, thumbnails etc.

Shortpixel gives you access for free and you can compress up to 100 images in a given month.

If you upload many PDF files online, you may want to install EWWW optimizer plugin which compresses your images as well as PDF files.

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4. Ouery Monitor

Most of the plugins you install take up a small space in your server disk space. They process their data once a request is made by a user.

That’s why installing Poorly coded or heavy plugins can affect your overall loading speed.

query monitor plugin

To monitor how much time a particular plugin takes to load and render, you can use query monitor debugger plugin which scans through your database and shows you the exact time taken by each plugin to load successfully.

By looking the results, you can safely replace the most time taking plugin with another similar functioning one, that takes minimum time to load.

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5. Elementor page Builder

If you love to build pages through a dedicated WordPress plugin, look nowhere else than Elementor. Have you seen BforBloggers store? It’s powered by Elementor.

Elementor page builder plugin for faster blocks publishing

Elementor is a user-friendly, drag and drop page builder which help you to build beautiful and high converting pages with ease. The best part is the speed segment. Elementor uses very lightweight CSS and HTML codes that doesn’t affect your blog’s loading speed at all.

It still delivers a great user experience and recently, they have added a new feature prior to Gutenberg release. The new add-on is called blocks. The blocks will help its users to build any kind of website faster than ever.

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6. Lazy Load Plugin By WP media

Remember I told you about Lazy load addon for WP rocket plugin? Well, you can use it for free.

lazy load plugin

The Lazy Load plugin by WP Rocket helps you to make your website faster by adding a small piece of script that makes every image to load only after visitor scroll downs to its position.

This will affect every image on your website including the thumbnails. Unless and until a visitors is eager to see the image, it won’t load. Hence, your website should load faster even on slow connections.

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7. WP-Optimize

We revise our posts many times and WordPress stores each and every revision, of course for every post, in its database. It also stores every draft, tables created by plugins, change logs, backup files etc., in its database.

WP Optimize Plugin

Now each of these files is taking up disk space on your server and eventually, by the time, this will slow down your WordPress dashboard. To help us clean our database, we have an absolute plugin by Updraftplus developers, The WP-Optimize.

This plugin automatically cleans every trash and unnecessary file from your database including trash and spam comments as well as tables and unwanted junk files.

No configuration needed, install the plugin, schedule the automatic cleanup rule and your WordPress database will be cleaned up automatically.

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8. Thrive Comments

If your getting a lot of comment on your blog, consider yourself super lucky as your audience seems to be impressed with your content.

Thrive comments speed optimized plugin

However, if you are getting hundreds of comments on your blog posts, it will soon turn out to be a problem for you.

To make each and every comment available on a single page, the WordPress will increase the page size. This will affect the overall loading speed pretty very much especially if you are on a shared hosting server.

thankfully, we have Thrive comments, an amazing comment system plugin developed by Thrive themes.

Thrive comments supports and comes with an Inbuilt lazy load for comments module, which makes the comment system load after the page has loaded successfully and a visitors wish to see and write a comment.

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9. SUCURI

Sucuri firewall and protection plugin is something every WordPress user should have.

Sucuri firewall plugin for faster resource access by eleminating bot traffic

I included this plugin in my top 5 essential plugin list and ever since I have been using them to further enhance the overall User experience on my blog.

Sucuri helps you to speed up your site by elimination the spam and fake bot traffic from your server and on the same note, it protects you from brute force and other attacks.

With sucuri, you will save the precious bandwidth on your server by giving more speed and resource access to your real users rather than distributing the resources to fake online bots which are useless.

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10. Async Javascript Plugin

If you have ever checked your websites’ speed on Gtmetrix, you might have come through a term “remove render blocking javascript”.

Async Javascript plugin

This plugin will eliminate Render-blocking Javascript in above-the-fold content for you.

Render-blocking Javascript prevents above-the-fold content on your page from being rendered until the javascript has finished loading complelty. This will impact on your page speed.

It can also impact your user’s experience as they would have to wait too long and it might happen that they won’t see some elements on your site if they are having a slow internet connection.

Async JavaScript gives you full control of which scripts to add an ‘async’ or ‘defer’ attribute to or to exclude to help increase the performance of your WordPress website effectively.

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That’s it. I hope these plugin would definitely help you to get your WordPress website load faster. I would suggest you to keep updating any of the plugins you have installed currently as well as the one you will in future.

Up to date, plugins ensure further enhancement and bug fixes which might ever affect your website. You may want to read my WordPress Speed guide to furthermore speed up your WordPress site by focusing on other elements.

Keep in mind, you don’t need all of these plugins at the same time. Select and install a few and keep an eye on the speed of your WordPress blog.

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