Improve WordPress Performance with these plugins
Okay, it’s true, site loading speed is simply one of the hundreds of things search engines, like Google, take into account when ranking a website on the search results pages. However, in terms of a consumer’s user experience, a fast-loading website is an absolutely essential tool to keep them browsing.
After all, who actually has the time nowadays to sit in front of a computer screen waiting for a website to load? Let’s face it, when it comes to a slow loading website, most people are likely to leave the site and find what they are looking for elsewhere.
In a world where YouTube videos, Vlogs, podcasts, 3D-movies and high-definition images prevail, slow websites are pretty much non-existent.
That said, website building websites, such as WordPress, can throw a number of problems into the mix. You think that you are getting along fine, upload what you need to the admin part of your website, and then go to the actual site and realise that it takes a decade to appear on your screen, or even worse, it doesn’t show up at all.
So, how can we speed up our website so that we gain consumers and conversions, rather than lose viewings?
Take a look at the following 5 plugins to speed up WordPress, that no website should be without (what’s more, most of them are free!)…
P3 Profiler (Plugin Performance Profiler)
The P3 Profiler plugin is a great starting point to speeding up WordPress. It ultimately filters through your existing plugins and highlights the ones that are slowing down your website. There are thousands of plugins available for WordPress, many of which, benefit your site in different ways. However, although they can offer various benefits, they can also slow down your website.
The P3 Profiler is, therefore, a plugin built to speed up WordPress. It will show you which of your current plugins are slowing you down, so you can remove them, and race ahead in the game of site loading speed.
The P3 Profiler plugin uses the canvas element for drawing charts and requires Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, or IE9 or later. What’s more, P3 Profiler will not work in IE8 or lower.
Having social media buttons on your business blog page, is proven to have numerous benefits. Not only can a user immediately ‘like’ your business’ social media page, without having to navigate too far away from your website, social media buttons can also increase the likelihood of having your blog post shared. That said, many social media plugins significantly slow down site loading speed because they load a high number of scripts and are, themselves, extremely slow to load.
Digg Digg, however, is a social media plugin that offers a solution to slow websites, this is because it comes with a lazy loading option, showing your site visitors a fake button, until a visitor actually hovers over the buttons for sharing the blog post.
WP Optimize is the ultimate clean-up plugin. It is an extensive WordPress database clean-up and optimization tool that is simple but effective. It ultimately cleans up your site and adds speed!
It is important when using WP Optimize, to make a backup of your database, just in case it cleans up and speeds up your site, more than you’d intended!
WP Rocket is a simple plugin that immediately launches upon activation, saving you from struggling with complex plugins.
As the name suggests, WP Rocket will undoubtedly speed up your website. It does this by performing the following actions:
Turning on WP Rocket, immediately activates page caching, which is proven to create a fast load time.Â
Page caching is basically a temporary storage space for recently downloaded web pages. Ultimately, the recently downloaded pages are stored as a HTML files, meaning that the web server does not need dynamically generate content, hence speeding up your site.
WP Rocket uses dedicated crawlers, hosted on our servers, to preload cache for a lower CPU (memory) footprint on the server, better compatibility, and the fastest crawl.
Images on Request
The images on your site only load as the user scrolls down the webpage. This means that your website loads more quickly. Simple launch?
Static File Compression
Website developers are often a fan of WP Rocket because they can make advanced customizations. What’s more, WP Rocket’s code is developed according to WordPress best practices.
Although its name doesn’t exactly sound like a winner’s, WP Smush.it offers the ultimate plugin solution to compressing images, yet keeping their quality.
Images are important on social media profile pages, websites and blog pages, after all, whether you agree that an image is worth a thousand words or not, images certainly catch a consumer’s eye and, unfortunately, a lot of memory too.
- WP Sumsh.it is a plugin that reduces the sizes of image files and, at the same time, improves performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress.
- WP Smush.it also strips the metadata from JPEGs, and removes unused colours from indexed images.
The result? Quality images and a faster website loading speed!
Talking of results, you’ll see by using the above 5 plugins, that you really can speed up your WordPress site.
What’s more, they’re all fairly quick to install and offer immediate action. Ultimately, with P3 Profiler, Digg Digg, WP Optimize, WP Rocket and WP Smush.it, any ‘go-slow’ attitudes cease to exist!