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Sunday, 14 April 2019

WordPress Plugins to Increase Loading Speed

WordPress plugins are all about productivity. There are number of free and premium plugins available, to get a variety of tasks done. Imagine a list of plugins, which when installed and activated, will skyrocket your blog’s loading speed! Yes, I’m about to make that possible! Here, I’ve put together a list of such plugins. I’ve more good news for you- all these plugins are free! So, just install them, sit back, and watch as they’ll increase your blog’s speed and performance.

WordPress Plugins to Increase Loading Speed

List of Free WordPress Plugins to Increase blog’s loading speed

#1 Caching Plugins

I know almost all of you have one or the other caching plugin installed on your blog. But still, I think I need to mention them here. Because, they are unavoidable!

A blog’s performance will be considerably boosted upon installing a caching plugin. Caching is the process of generating static pages of a blog and delivering it to the visitor who is accessing the blog.

This static file is easy to download for the browser. As a result of this, the blog is loaded quickly, without putting much strain on the servers serving the files.

WordPress users have the luxury to choose from a wide variety of excellent caching plugins. The most popular free ones are- WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache.

W3 Total Cache offers exciting features and gives its users that extra loading speed they crave for. WP Super Cache, in comparison, offers less features. Still, Super Cache puts in a decent performance and is a stable, reliable plugin.

#2 JS Delivr

I used many analytics tools to find what exactly made my blog load terribly slow. And soon, I found out the prime culprit. The ‘big and bad’ JavaScript files were responsible for the poor plight of my blog.

Those JS files were fat and lazy! They won’t load fast enough. And they won’t let the rest of my blog to load up before they render themselves completely! What a mess!

My miseries aggravated when these JS files were residing in the ‘head’ sectionof my blog. Visitors of my blog had to wait for ages to get a glimpse of the content!

That’s when I came to know about JS Delivr. It is basically a CDN (Content Delivery Network) specifically for hosting JavaScript files. Upon installing and activating this plugin, it will scan the blog. Upon completing the scan, it draws up a list of JS files from the blog, that it can load on its own servers!

Now, you may choose to host these JS files on their servers! Doesn’t that sound cool? That’ll help reduce the burden on your servers to a great extent. Further, this plugin also allows users to have their say on where the JS files should be placed.

So, instead of placing them in the ‘head’ section, move them down to the ‘footer’. This will ensure better loading speed in the future!

#3 WP Minify or Autoptimize

You may choose either one of the two plugins. Basically, both of them serve the same purpose.

As I said before, JS files are ‘lazy’. There is one more lazy fellow you need to be beware of- CSS files. These two components are part and parcel of the WordPress themes we use. No matter how well a theme has been coded, JS and CSS files somehow tend to make it load slow!

By combining these two villains and compressing them, size can be reduced considerably. And these two plugins does exactly that job! They combine JS and CSS files, compress them and delivers a ‘minified’ version of them!

This minified version is easy to load and takes less loading time.

#4 P3 Plugin Profiler

Earlier, I said that WordPress plugins boost productivity. Yes, they do indeed! But still, they are bunch of codes that execute themselves. While doing so, they put strain on the server. Thus, to some extent, they are making your blog load slow!

Hey, I’m not saying that all plugins are like that. But there are some slow loading ones, you need to be aware of.

P3 Plugin profiler helps us find such plugins! This plugin, after being installed and activated, will scan the blog. Once the scan is completed, it’ll generate a report on how long does each plugin take to load.

You may easily single out the slow loading ones and replace them with a ‘lite’ alternative. I bet you won’t run out of quality alternatives!

#5 WP Smush.it

Optimizing an image could be tricky! Images are unavoidable. A blog post is incomplete when relevant images are not used in it. But at the same time, they take long time to load up, putting much strain on servers!

Optimizing images without compromising on their quality, this is what WP Smush.it does! This plugin is capable of compressing and reducing the dimensions of images. At the same time, the quality aspect remains untouched! This, according to me is the best free image optimizing plugin.

#6 Plugins that Lazy loads images

Lazy loading plugins stops the images that are far away from the viewport (the part of the blog, which visitor is viewing) from loading. These plugins make sure that the images gets loaded when the visitor scrolls down and reaches near them.

Most of the lazy loading plugins use jQuery to get this job done. Hence they are light weight and helps save lots of bandwidth and speeds up a blog. Further, they also display the images when they are supposed to, upon a visitor’s arrival near the image! I recommend BJ Lazy Load to my readers.

#7 Plugin Organizer

It allows users to change the order in which the plugins on their blog loads. Suppose you find out that a certain plugin don’t necessarily need to load at the beginning, you can delay it! Yes, it is quite easy to do so, using this plugin. Users just need to drag and drop the plugins in the order they want them to load!

It even offers a feature to selectively disable a plugin throughout the blog/on certain areas of the blog.

Making your blog load faster will fetch you more than one benefit. It’ll boost user engagementreduce bounce rate and also help your blog improve its standing in SERPs (Search Engine Results Page). I’m not saying that you must install and use all these plugins. Use the ones you think your WordPress blog needs at the moment. Do leave your suggestions in comments.

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