Top 5 WordPress plugins to optimise your website
Top 5 WordPress plugins to optimise your website
WordPress Plugins are one of the many things, that makes WordPress amazing to use. With a plugin, you can turn your WordPress website into almost anything. Do you want it to collect leads? Install a plugin. If you want to transform it into a webshop, well install a plugin. The list goes on, and it’s very long. But a very important factor to remember is that the more plugins you install, the slower your website might be as it has to load more content and code. Therefore it’s extremely important you constantly optimise your website to performance, it’s not a one-time thing.
I use plugins myself, and I really appreciate all plugin developers out there. They make our lives so much easier, and we can set up a tremendous amount of features within a very short period of time. If you, for instance, want to create a webshop, I highly recommend you taking a look at Woocommerce, it’s extremely scalable and easy to set up.
If you want to make a course website or a training website, the plugin LearnDash is an awesome plugin to achieve that functionality.
As mentioned plugins are awesome, but they also slow down your website, so here are 5 plugins you can install to achieve a faster and more fluent website. I’m going briefly over them, and if you want a deeper analysis of the different plugins Athemes has made an awesome article you can read.
Plugin 1: WP Fastest Cache
WP Fastest Cache is my go-to optimisation plugin when I create WordPress websites. It’s very simple to use, it has a big amount of features and is constantly updated with new features and optimisations. However it is very standard in its way of functionality, and they go for a method where you either want it or nor. It’s rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on the WordPress Plugin Directory. There are over 1,000,000 active installs of WP Fastest Cache.
Plugin 2: W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is a very customisable cache plugin where you can really dig down into the details, but you need to know what you’re doing. Apart from WP Fastest Cache where you just check features on and off. W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins for WordPress, with over a million active installations and 4.4 out of 5 stars in the WordPress Plugin Directory. It’s updated every few months and used by many major publications.
Plugin 3: WP Rocket
WP Rocket is the most popular premium option out there when we’re looking into the best WordPress caching plugins. It’s very consistent in its updates and when you run a test like GTMetrix it always scores in the top. More than 1,000,000 are running their WordPress website using WP Rocket. If you would like to buy WP Rocket, a single-site license costs $49.
Plugin 4: WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is another popular free WordPress caching plugin. This website is doing extremely well in, not slowing down for crawls and keeping your website up and running during massive amounts of traffic being sent to your website and your server. The rating of the plugin, however, is falling as there are speculations about whether the developer will keep supporting it or not. Today the rating is 4.3 stars out of 5.
Plugin 5: Hyper Cache
The last plugin I’m recommending is Hyper Cache. It’s a PHP caching plugin, and it will work with any type of WordPress website. Hyper Cache doesn’t require any customisation, it will run straight out of installation. It differentiates between mobile and desktop in terms of cache, this means it can really optimise it for the visitor based on their device. Furthermore, it works very well on websites with a lot of activity in terms of comments and more, it updates this very well. It has more than 30.000 installations, but it’s not being supported anymore which is why we’re seeing a drop in the reviews. At the moment we’re down on 4.4 stars out of 5.
As you can see even though caching is the same thing there are just in this article 5 plugins that do it in very different ways. If you start exploring yourself you’ll find even more plugins that discover new ways of caching your website. Not only do all these plugins cache your websites, but they also minify and combine all your files. This makes the browser of your visitors, loads your website faster. The reason being that not many requests are made. You should try the different plugins, you can easily install/remove them without any harm being. You will then find what plugin fits your needs the best and go with that. If you want to see the WordPress websites I’ve made using one of these caching plugins, feel free to check out my cases.
How do I optimize a WordPress plugin?
You need to use a WordPress plugin like WP Fastest Cache or WP Rocket.
How do I optimize images for WordPress?
You can either use any service on the web like imageprocessor.com or you can install the plugin WP Smush.
How can I increase my WordPress website speed?
Install one of these 5 plugins mentioned in this post, and you’re on the way. Optimise your images, compress everything as much as possible.
How can I speed up my WordPress site without plugin?
You need to use external services to optimise your images. You need to manually collect all of your CSS and JS files, to combine them and minify them. Contact me if you need help with this.
What plugin is your favorite to optimise your website?