We all would love our site to run faster. WordPress may be a user-friendly and powerful CMS, but you will have take certain measures to make your site run more smoothly. Here are 18+ plugins you can rely on to optimize WordPress for speed:
WordPress Plugins for Speed Optimization
Query Monitor: a wonderful tool that provides you with debugging and performance information on database queries, HTTP request, and redirects.
Kraken Image Optimizer: a handy plugin that lets you optimize your images, reducing their size to make your site load faster.
Compress JPEG & PNG Images: another plugin that optimizes your images to make your site faster.
P3 Profiler: the plugins you run affect how fast your site loads. This plugin creates a performance report for your site to help you identify problematic plugins.
Plugin Organizer: allows you to change the order your plugins are loaded and disable them by post type.
WP Widget Cache: one of many plugins we have used in the past to reduce load and improve our site’s performance. It simply lets you cache the output of your blog widgets.
Infinity Cache: a cool extension for mobile sites powered by WP Touch. It improves your site’s performance on mobile devices.
Database Optimization Plugins: these plugins help you optimize your site from the backend without having to load phpMyAdmin.
Use a CDN like MaxCDN: using a premium CDN service could make your site run faster. The good news is top caching plugins such as W3 Total Cache support MaxCDN.
CloudFlare: going back to the previous point, here is another service that could make your site load faster. It also works as a security solution.
Custom Upload DIR: this plugin lets you keep your uploaded files organized, reducing the number of files per directory to improve server performance.
Lazy Load Video plugins: these plugins are useful for those of you who share lots of videos on your site. They keep videos from slowing down your site.
Lazy load images: these plugins lazy load images on your site to make it perform faster.
WP-PICShield: offers image hotlink protection for your site, saving you bandwidth in the process.
Revision Control: gives you control over your post revisions in WordPress. It lets you limit the number of revisions per post.
Better WordPress Minify: this plugin lets you combine and minify your CSS and JS files to improve page load times of your site. You could also use top caching plugins to do this.
Async JS and CSS: lets you convert render-blocking code into non-render-blocking code to improve the performance of your site. You have the option to ignore specific files.
Change JPEG compression & regenerate thumbnails: we have covered various reasons you may want to change the JPEG compression level for your site. If you choose to go in that route, you should use Regenerate Thumbnails (a a similar plugin) to regenerate your thumbnails. You could also use TinyPNG to get the job done faster.
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