Have you checked this handy list of WordPress plugins that helps to improve page loading speed ? When it comes to optimizing your WordPress website you need to follow some important guidelines mentioned by Google. Earlier, we have discussed on how to optimize WordPress for Google Page Speed and now here is a perfect collection of plugins to tweak loading speeds of your WordPress blog.
It is not always possible to use premium tools or services for everything and in such cases relying on free alternatives is a good option. When it comes to page loading speed, a lot of research to be made before tweaking your WordPress installation. As you know, WordPress is a community driven CMS and some plugin authors are kind enough to provide free solutions to improve page loading speed in all possible ways.
After making an extensive research and using many plugins, I compiled an ultimate list of WordPress Plugins that helps to speedup WordPress in different ways.
WordPress Plugins to Improve Page Loading Speed
List of WordPress Plugins that helps to boost page loading speed instantly. Best thing about this list is, all these are free WordPress plugins that comes with free support from official WordPress plugin repository.
If you want to install all these plugins in one go, then know how to bulk install multiple Plugins in WordPress. You can also clarify your doubts on How many WordPress Plugins We Should Use Actually ?
Lets start with…
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is one of the best WordPress plugins that helps to improve page loading speed to great extent. Tons of options are available in W3 Total Cache and know how to improve page loading speed using W3 Total Cache Plugin. An option to minify CSS, JS files and to integrate CDN are readily available, making W3 Total Cache a complete caching solution for WordPress.
WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is yet another WordPress plugin that caches all the live pages and serve them as HTML files. In case if you don’t like W3 Total Cache plugin or using a shared hosting, then you can give a shot to WP Super Cache plugin. It got a powerful engine and everything can be controlled from the admin console. CDN can also be directly integrated.
JS & CSS Script Optimizer
Lazy Load plugin helps to improve page loading speed to a great extent. It uses jQuery.sonar plugin and loads images that are visible in the view port only. So images will be loaded only when scrolled over them and this helps to save bandwidth. Pretty simple plugin that just works and it doesnt have any additional options or admin console.
jQuery Image Lazy Load WP
Yet another free WordPress plugin that helps to lazy load images. In case if the above mentioned plugin doesn’t work, you can use this one. On WPSquare, there is a simple tutorial on how to Lazy Load images in WordPress without plugin and its based on this plugin only.
WP Database Optimizer
WP-Optimize is the most popular free WordPress plugin that helps to optimize the database of your WordPress blog without the need of phpMyAdmin. Its very simple to use and gives an option to delete post revisions, remove SPAM & Unapproved comments and optimize database, all in a one go. WP Optimize helps to save some space by optimizing database tables.
Plugin Performance Profiler (p3) is a free WordPress Plugin that helps to scan all installed plugins and detect the ones that are slowing down your WordPress website. Just install P3 plugin, run a scan and get reports instantly. I used this plugin to quickly check poorly coded plugin that are eating-up server resources. Give it a try and you surely will like it.
FV Gravatar Cache
FV Gravatar Cache is an useful WordPress plugin for blogs with more number of comments. If you are displaying gravatars with comments, then it surely will effect the page loading speed as many images are to be loaded from Gravatar.com. FV Gravatar Cache plugin helps to store all the gravatars on your website by caching gravatars on comment submission.
Apart from the plugins, you need to use a quality hosting service for better loading speeds. If you want to compare results before and after using these plugins, you can use Pingdom Tools or GTMetrix.
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