Best Plugin For WordPress Speed

There are many plugins available to help improve your WordPress speed, but which do you choose? It’s a tough question, one that needs to be answered. If you’re looking for ways to speed up your WordPress website, here’s what I recommend.

Speed is one of the most important aspects of your content. In fact, Google has published an article that outlines some pretty amazing tidbits about site speed. The more pages you are able to load per second, the faster your application will seem to the user and is likely to rank better in search results compared to slow load times. Even if you’re unable to make all of your website blazing fast, there are ways to directly speed up your WordPress website using plugins. I’ve built a list of just a few plugins that can help you out:

It is widely known that a slow website can get lost in the sea of online information. You want your website to be perform well and load quickly to users. The following post will go over some of the best methods on how to improve your WordPress site’s speed.

Best Plugin For WordPress Speed

For most WordPress websites, I recommend using a combination of WP Rocket and Perfmatters. WP Rocket takes care of the regular caching and optimization tasks while Perfmatters takes care of the optimizations nobody usually thinks of doing.

For example, Perfmatters allows you to disable scripts on taxomonies that don’t need them, load Google Analytics locally, etc. Very useful!

If you want to see the most significant performance gains or want a one-click solution to speed up WordPress, NitroPack is your best option. It’ll optimize your code, images, and deploy a CDN.

NitroPack is ideal for those running resource heavy plugins such as page builders or notoriously slow WordPress themes. This is as easy as it gets!

  1. WP Rocket
    WP Rocket Homepage New
    WP Rocket is the one WordPress performance plugin to rule them all.

You get all of the caching functionality you’d expect, along with a bunch of features you probably wouldn’t expect.

… All wrapped in the most user-friendly interface I’ve seen in a plugin like this.

Where some caching plugins seem to require you to study an entire course to figure it out – WP Rocket makes the setup process real easy by comparison.

I love that it includes features you’d normally have to install a few extra plugins for. For example, you get image lazy loading, database optimization, and even the ability to host Google Analytics code on your own site.

And the ability to delay Javascript execution time can have a huge impact on page load times and Core Web Vitals.

WP Rocket is well worth exploring if you want a speed optimization plugin that does it all. After installing WP Rocket on one of my sites I was able to uninstall 3 other plugins.

Features:

User-friendly interface
Minimal tweaking required for speed improvements
Minify CSS, HTML and Javascript
Page caching
Cache pre-load
Image lazy loading
Advanced caching rules
Database optimization
CDN integration
Direct Cloudflare integration
Google Analytics integration to load the code from your server
Settings import and export
Version rollback
Delay Javascript execution time
Price: From $49.

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  1. Perfmatters
    Perfmatters
    Perfmatters takes a different approach to improving page load times than most plugins on this list.

By default, WordPress has certain options enabled that aren’t necessary for most sites and slow down performance. Perfmatters makes it possible to disable these options with the click of a few buttons.

But, the biggest thing that tends to slow down the rendering of your pages is HTTP requests that aren’t needed.

This plugin also allows you to disable these scripts on a per page basis. This means you can stop plugins from loading code where it isn’t needed.

You can also take advantage of performance boosting features like DNS prefetch, preconnect, local Google Analytics script hosting, and more.

So, even if you have a WordPress caching plugin installed – you should use Perfmatters too.

Note: Using Perfmatters and WP Rocket, I was able to take one of my smaller sites from a pagespeed score of 59 to 95. Not bad, right?

Features:

Works with your existing caching plugin
Disable WordPress options that are slowing your site down
Disable scripts on per page/post basis
Supports advanced performance boosting functionality such as DNS prefetch and preconnect
REST API control
Heartbeat control
Lightweight plugin
Price: Starts from $24.95/year.

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  1. NitroPack
    NitroPack
    NitroPack is more than a WordPress performance plugin, it is a complete speed optimization platform.

The idea behind this platform is to simplify the process of speeding up websites. Instead of using several plugins and having to manually decide what to optimize, NitroPack optimizes everything for you.

Just add your website, and install the connector plugin. You can then choose how aggressive you want the optimizations to be.

NitroPack will then start optimizing your site automatically. It will Implement a global CDN, various caching types, minification, compression, image optimization, serving images in next-gen formats (e.g. SVG), DNS prefetch, deferring of JavaScript, etc.

And all of these optimizations are run by their servers so it reduces your own server usage.

All of these changes can improve time to first byte (TTFB), minimize main-thread work, improve your Web Core Vitals and more.

To squeeze out even more performance you can customize the settings but even on the “strong” setting you will see huge improvements in page load times and Google PageSpeed scores.

And, in our review, Colin was able to reduce load times by over 3 seconds using Elementor. Using GeneratePress I was able to get my mobile PageSpeed score in the 90’s.

Note: There is a free plan but it adds a ‘powered by’ badge to your footer. It is enough for small sites or testing purposes but I highly recommend getting a paid plan to remove the badge.

Features:

Automatic website optimization
Supports WordPress and other content management systems
Global CDN included and automatically configured
Various caching types (page, browser, and more)
Automatic image optimization
Convert images to next gen formats
DNS prefetching
Defer JS loading
HTML, JS and CSS minification
HTML, CSS and JS compression
Price: Free plan available for very small sites or testing purposes but adds a powered by badge to your footer. Paid plans remove the badge and offer more resources.

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Learn more in our NitroPack review.

  1. WP Fastest Cache
    WP Fastest Cache
    WP Fastest Cache is a performance plugin with a focus on caching. It comes with a great set of features, balanced with ease of use.

Some plugins are too basic, others are too advanced – the developer of this plugin has definitely found the middle ground.

Just install, activate and run through the settings. Then hit save and you’re ready to go.

I especially like how easy it is to set cache expiration times for certain URL strings.

And it gets better, because this plugin is used by over 1 million people and receives great reviews on WordPress.org.

Features:

Easy setup
1-click to clear cache and/or minified CSS etc
Minify CSS and HTML
Set posts/pages to exclude (some like admin area excluded by default)
Set expiration times for all posts/pages or certain URL strings
CDN integration
Premium version available with extra features
Price: Free.

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  1. Cache Enabler
    Cache Enabler
    Cache Enabler is a great plugin from the team at KeyCDN.

It’s a light weight caching plugin that you can setup in minutes.

It comes with the option to set cache expiry time, minification setup and a few other options. Other than that, it’s sparce on features but that’s the entire point of this plugin.

If you need to add a content delivery network service, you can use the sister plugin to this called CDN Enabler. Same principle applies – light weight and easy to setup.

Features:

Simple setup
1-click to clear cache
Set cache behaviour (e.g. clearing after new posts)
Minification feature
Set post ID’s to exclude from cache
Set expiration times
Price: Free.

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  1. WP Super Cache
    WP super cache
    WP Super Cache is one of the most widely used caching plugins available for WordPress. At the time of writing this post it has had over 5.5 million downloads.

It’s straight forward to setup but has some settings for advanced users which can be used to get more out of the plugin.

Features:

Support for multiple caching types (Mod_Rewrite, PHP and Legacy)
Serve static html files
Cache preload
CDN support

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