12 Plugins To Make Your WordPress Site Faster Than Yesterday

Let’s be honest. Nobody likes a website that loads slower than a snail. A fast site not only enhances the experience of a user but also boosts sales and ad revenue.

Even a one-second delay could impact your sales noticeably. That’s why it is important to make your site faster so that you can achieve your targets faster.

WordPress is a place where every tool is available to make your site speedy, however, there are some crap plugins present as well that we must avoid.

In this post, I’m going to list 12 plugins that can significantly improve your site’s speed. You don’t need to install every plugin. Look for the plugin that will be suitable for your site and its users.

Let’s begin!

1: WP-Rocket

Undoubtedly, WP-Rocket is the best out there. I’ve never seen a plugin that improves speed that quickly. Not only me, but the whole blogging community is praising WP-Rocket.

It’s an all-in-one plugin that has almost everything you need to make your site faster than yesterday. However, not all the settings are available for free. In fact, WP-Rocket works well only for those users who are using its premium version.

Their free version is quite good but not the best. I would prefer some other plugins over its free version. No doubt its paid version is the best on this planet.

Pros of WP-Rocket

  • Offers heartbeat control (very rare)
  • Easy to use
  • Caching
  • Lazy load
  • Preload
  • Delay JS
  • Remove Unused CSS
  • Top notch support
  • Advance features like CDN integration, database optimization, and etc.

Cons Of WP-Rocket

  • Expensive (min price 49$)
  • WP Rocket is not a light plugin.

2: LiteSpeed Cache

LiteSpeed cache is the most popular caching plugin. It has more than 2 Million active installations with more than 1,000 5 start ratings, which shows how much people love this plugin.

LiteSpeed Cache can do server-level caching. Most caching plugins don’t offer this feature. If you’re looking for a plugin that is lightweight and easy to set up then this could be the one.

I’m using it on one of my sites that gets around 60k visits per month. I don’t face any problem regarding the speed at all. However, I’m using a really good host as well, because the host is probably the most important factor in website speed.

According to the developer, the plugin is compatible with WooCommerce, bbPress, and Yoast SEO.

Pros of LiteSpeed Cache

  • Can do QUIC.cloud CDN Cache for free
  • Object Cache 
  • Great plugin for image Optimization (Lossless/Lossy)
  • Supports CSS, JavaScript, and HTML minification
  • Lazyloading
  • Multiple CDN Support
  • Database Cleaner and Optimizer
  • Browser Cache Support
  • And many many more!

Cons of LiteSpeed Cache

Surprisingly none.

3: Perfmatters

Not many people know about this plugin, but according to Perfmatters, they are the number one web performance plugin. However, in my opinion, they aren’t as good as WP-Rocket, but they certainly deserve the number 3 position.

Perfmatters can handle everything doesn’t matter it’s a small issue or big. This plugin has everything required to make a site faster.

However, they don’t offer a free version. I don’t why. If they begin to offer a free version, then the popularity of this plugin could increase. But, it’s their decision. I didn’t know about them for a very long time.

Also, Perfmatters is the part of Kinsta family, so, the quality is inbuilt. Definitely, a recommendation if you want a paid plugin to handle your blog.

Pros of Perfmatters

  • Script Manager – This allows you to disable scripts on a per post or page basis or across your whole site with a simple click.
  • Database optimization
  • Offers lazy loading
  • Lets you change your WordPress login URL
  • CDN rewrite
  • Lets you host google analytics locally (a rare feature)
  • Add code to header, body, footer
  • Preloading
  • Defer and delay JavaScript
  • The list could go one for a day

Cons Of Perfmatters

  • Paid Plugin (starts with 24.95$ Per Year)
  • Not better than WP-Rocket

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4: WP-Optimize

This plugin is becoming popular day by day. Now, it has over one million active installations with over 1,000 five stars ratings.

WP-Optimize is the easiest way to clean up database junk (most reliable database cleaner). And, cleaning a database is effective in increasing site speed. This plugin is free to use and won’t force you to upgrade. The developer will send you an update notification every month.

I’ve used WP-Optimize and wrote a guide on how to use it. I’ve never faced any issue or difficulty while using it.

Pros Of WP-Optimize

  • Easy to use
  • One click database cleaner
  • Free
  • Trustable plugin
  • Lightweight
  • Free image compression

Cons Of WP-Optimize

No cons.

5: Asset CleanUp

This plugin is awesome but not as user-friendly as WP-Rocket or Perfmatters. However, it’s a free plugin and offers a great feature that is Test Mode.

Test mode lets you test all the settings available in Asset CleanUp without affecting your live site. Beginners should avoid this plugin, but for experienced bloggers, this plugin could be really good because it isn’t heavy and can do the work of a premium plugin.

I like this plugin but I would prefer Wp-Rocket and Perfammters over it any day. Also, there is a pro version of Asset CleanUp available that lets you unload custom CSS.

Pros Of Asset CleanUp

  • Free version available
  • Light weight
  • Reduces the number of HTTP requests loaded and eliminate render-blocking resources (crucial for faster page load) by unloading useless CSS/JS
  • Preload CSS/JS, Local Fonts & Google Fonts files to instruct the browser to download the chosen assets as quickly as possible.
  • Site-wide removal for Emojis, Dashicons for guest users, and Comments Reply if they are not used
  • Google Fonts Optimization / Removal available

Cons Of Asset CleanUp

  • Bad UI (Perfmatters has a better UI)
  • Lazy Loading is not available
  • No Database Cleaner

6: HummingBird

Hummingbird is developed by WPMU DEV, a top developer company that also has developed the Smush image optimizer plugin.

This plugin comes with an elegant UI that is easy to use. It has over 100k active installations with over 1,000 five-star ratings. Making it one of the best in its niche.

However, this plugin isn’t very light so it could impact CPU performance if you’re using shared hosting. I always recommend Cloud hosting because of its speed and reliability. But, beginners with no traffic can stay on shared hosting, there is no shame.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of the hummingbird plugin.

Pros

  • Comes with text compression
  • Preload key requests
  • Lazy Load for comments or breaking up smaller posts.
  • Minify CSS & JSS
  • Eliminates render-blocking resources

Cons

  • Limited features
  • Heavy plugin
  • Forces to install extensions

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7: Autoptimize

Autoptimize can be really helpful in fixing most render-blocking resources in Lighthouse. The plugin can help you minify, aggregate, and cache scripts and styles. 

It is quite popular in the WordPress plugin zone. It has above one million installations. People love it because of its features. Also, this plugin is available for free. easily noticeable in the plugin section.

I’ve used it for 3 months on my site guidemewp.com and it performed better than I expected. After customizing it perfectly, it improved my site page speed score by 23% which might not seem huge, but it’s definitely effective.

Pros of Autoptimize

  • Minify CSS & JSS
  • Cache scripts and styles
  • Lazy Load available
  • Optimize Google Fonts
  • Remove WordPress core emoji cruft

Cons of Autoptimize

  • Not as good as the above plugins
  • Many negative reviews are available

8: OMGF | Host Google Fonts Locally

According to the developer, OMGF automagically caches the Google Fonts used by your theme or plugins locally. Also, it can help to fix font-related errors by downloading all your Google Fonts by using the Google Fonts Helper API and generating a stylesheet for them.

OMGF is a little different than the above plugins but it definitely deserves a place in this list. It can impact loading speed positively but it needs a little technical info to use this plugin.

I’ll soon publish a post in which I’ll teach how to use this plugin for the best results.

Pros Of OMGF | Host Google Fonts Locally

  • Reduce Cumulative Layout Shift
  • Decreases loading time and page size, by forcing the used subsets for all Google Fonts requests.
  • Remove Resource (Ex. preload, preconnect, dns-prefetch) directing to fonts.googleapis.com or fonts.gstatic.com
  • Automatically changes registered/enqueued Google Fonts in wp_head() with local copies.

Cons Of OMGF | Host Google Fonts Locally

  • Not beginner friendly
  • Limited features
  • Not as trustable as WP-Rocket, Perfmatters, LiteSpeed Cache, and WP-Optimize.

9: ShortPixels

To make our site posts interesting, we have to include quality pictures, but those quality pictures can affect site speed drastically.

ShortPixel compresses the image without compromising pictures quality. In fact, it would be really hard to find which picture is compressed and which isn’t.

This plugin is designed perfectly to make your site load faster. However, ShortPixels isn’t free, you can only compress 100 images with its free version which is a big disadvantage.

Competitors like Smush are winning the market by offering free services. But ShortPixels in my opinion is a better option than Smush if you’re about to purchase a paid version.

Also, ShortPixels serves images from a CDN and converts them to WebP which could fix serve images in next-gen formats and efficiently encode images items in Lighthouse.

Pros Of ShortPixels

  • Most reliable image compressor
  • Light weight
  • Uses CDN feature

Cons Of ShortPixels

  • Free version sucks (Only free for 100 images per month)
  • Forces to upgrade the plan

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10: Flying Pages

The Trust score of this plugin is a little low (Only 20,000 active installations) otherwise I would have ranked it under the top 5. This plugin deserves to be on this list. It’s free to use and has a beginner-friendly UI.

Like the name, it can literally load the next post in a blink of an eye (When a person hovers over a link, that page will be preloaded so that when they really click the link, the page loads almost immediately. ) I’m using this plugin currently on this site because it’s lightweight and does its job perfectly.

Test it by yourself, you will be amazed. Also, the developer Gijo Varghese doesn’t demand anything big. If you’re happy with this plugin, you can donate him any amount. He will be pleased by that.

Pros Of Flying Pages

  • Loads the next post/page almost instantly.
  • Free to use
  • Lightweight
  • Recommended by us
  • Easy to use (Just install it and the plugin will do everything for you)

Cons Of Flying Pages

  • Limited features.

11: Flying Scripts

Flying scrips could help to increase page speed scores by optimizing third-party code. You can set a timeout period in this plugin to delay the loading of JavaScript.

For example, if you’re using the author box, you can delay Gravatars for a few seconds which can significantly speed up initial load times.

If Gravatars are affecting your site’s speed scores then try out this plugin, it will sure help you. And, you may have already guessed who is the developer of this plugin.

Pros Of Flying Scripts

  • Light Weight
  • Easy to use
  • Minify JSS and CSS quite effectively.
  • Free to use

Cons Of Flying Scripts

None. Every site should have this installed!

12: SG Optimizer

Some people claim SG Optimizer is better than WP-Rocket. The only reason why I’ve ranked them so low is that this plugin is only for SG users.

If you’re a SiteGround user then what are you waiting for. Install this plugin and set it up perfectly to speed up your WordPress site.

Also, SG Optimizer uses server-side caching and binaries which is faster and more effective than the file-based caching by other cache plugins (including WP Rocket). 

Pros Of SG Optimizer

  • Offers SuperCacher (A great tool to improve site speed)
  • Server level caching
  • Minify HTML, CSS, and JSS
  • DNS-Prefetching to increase load speeds for external resources.
  • Automatic optimization for your new uploaded images or bulk optimizes your old ones.

Cons Of SG Optimizer

  • Available only for SiteGround users.

Final Thoughts

In this modern world, everyone needs everything as quickly as possible. It’s your job to fix your site’s speed issues so that can you can improve your sales and ad revenue. There are some awesome plugins available that could boost your site’s speed significantly including WP- Rocket, Perfmatters, and LitespeedCache. Some surprising plugins like Flying pages are also very effective in improving user experience.

I Hope You Liked This Posts!

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