When it comes to the internet and websites, users usually expect instant gratification to get the information they want. If a user has to wait for a website to load they are most likely going to go to a different website before the first site finishes loading. Site speed is a huge factor when it comes to the success of a website not only for user experience and traffic but also important because it is a ranking factor. If you have a WordPress website then you are in luck, as there are many different plugins to help speed up your website. Below are the top six plugins to consider adding to your website to increase the load time of your website.
- WP Fastest Cache – With a large amount of traffic to your website, there will be a large amount of RAM and CPU used which causes slow rendering. WP Fastest Cache creates a static HTML file so that multiple users reach the same static page, rather than having the page render repeatedly.
- W3 Total Cache – This plugin is the top caching plugin available for installation within the WordPress world. The plugin can improve overall site performance by 10 times, improve conversion rates, improve search engine rankings, and save up to 80 percent bandwidth savings. Those are just a few of the many features this plugin has to offer. Take it slow and make sure you understand each function as this plugin has an intended audience of experts in the optimization field who know all of the ins and outs.
- WP Smush – One of the most common factors with slow websites is image optimization. Many people don’t know that there is a lot of code and metadata within images that can slow down a website. With WP Smush, every image is compressed so that the overall size is decreased, yet the quality of the image is not affected.
- BJ Lazy Load – When users go to your website all the content on the page is loaded automatically. If you have a lot of content and images on a page, then the load speed will be slower. BJ Lazy Load delays loading content until the user is ready rather than all at once. As the viewer scrolls along, content iframes are replaced with placeholders so that the page loads bit by bit, rather than all at once. The visitor won’t notice this, and that’s exactly the point.
- WP-Optimize – Whenever you make revisions to your web pages on your WordPress website, WordPress automatically creates a revision of that post or page and adds it to the database table. This results in a slower access of the database files if you tend to make a lot of revisions or add a lot of content. This is also true for posts that have a bunch of spammy comments. WP-Optimize allows you to clean up your database to make it run better. You can also remove all post revisions and comments automatically to ensure your database is running neat, fast, and efficient.