You just started your site and want to make it successful! Well, no surprise as this is the aim of every new blogger. But, is writing good posts the only method to get more views? What if I tell you that just writing articles and even doing great SEO will not make your site successful. You also need to do something else – IMPROVING SITE SPEED or PAGE LOAD TIME! Now, with ‘Speeding Up’, I mean the time your site takes to load completely. Think yourself. Suppose you write a great article with over 2000 words. Now, suppose anyone saw that article link and clicked on it to visit your site. If your sites will load in very few seconds, like 3-4 seconds, then he will view the article but what if your site takes a lot of time opening? Will that guy wait for the site to be completely loaded? No! He will close the tab and move ahead. This is the case with many of the new site out there. As I told earlier, just writing good articles is not necessary to get more views. Ok, that was all about a simple introduction. Now, let us come to the main topic today. In this article, I will show you the 5 Best WordPress Plugins to improve site speed. And by faster, I mean ‘Faster Like Hell‘!
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INCREASE SITE SPEED USING THESE 5 PLUGINS-
1.WP SUPER CACHE –
First of all, let me explain to you what is meant by the term Cache or in another simple term Web Cache. Here is what Wikipedia say about Web Cache-
‘A web cache (or HTTP cache) is an information technology for the temporary storage (caching) of web documents, such as HTML pages and images, to reduce bandwidth usage, server load, and perceived lag. A web cache system stores copies of documents passing through it; subsequent requests may be satisfied from the cache if certain conditions are met. A web cache system can refer either to an appliance or to a computer program.’
Now, coming to the plugin, this is one of the best or I will say, the best plugin of all the WordPress plugins of its kind. Ok, now let us see how it actually works-
‘The WP Super Cache generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an HTML file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.’
So, these HTML files will be served to about 99% of your site visitors instead of those PHP scripts. You just need to activate this awesome plugin and rest of the work will be done automatically by this plugin. Ah Ok! You can change settings as per your needs but if you are a newbie, I will recommend to let the settings as they’re by default. This should be the first choice for a cache plugin if you want to improve the site speed !
Again, here is what WikiPedia has to say about Plugins–
‘In computing, a plug-in (or plugin, add-in, addin, add-on, addon, or extension) is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. When a program supports plug-ins, it enables customization. The common examples are the plug-ins used in web browsers to add new features such as search engines, virus scanners, or the ability to use a new file type such as a new video format’
The name says it all- It organizes the plugins you have installed and activated on your site. Well, in case you don’t know, a lot of plugins mean slow website! This plugin simply shows you the progress of each plugin you’ve activated so that you can see which plugin is causing the site ti slow down.
This Wordpress plugin is very helpful in case any two plugins of your site conflict with each other! Really it’s worth trying. There are a lot of WordPress Plugins of its type but this is one of the best WordPress Plugins!
This plugin is very useful as it combines the CSS and JS files to decrease the page load time. This plugin comes with a lot of customization options which makes it one of it’s kind!
Here are some of its features-
*Uses enqueueing system of WordPress which improves compatibility with other plugins and themes
*Allows you to move enqueued files to desired locations (header, footer, oblivion, etc.) via a dedicated management page
*Allows you to change various Minify settings (cache directory, cache age, debug mode, etc.) directly in admin
*Allows you to use friendly Minify URLs, such as http://example.com/path/to/cache/somestring.js
*Allows you to use CDN for minified contents, one CDN host for JS and one for CSS with SSL support.
4. WP Smush –
You know what, the thing which makes a site slow to load isn’t actually the text. Rather, those images make the site slow to load. Everyone likes to use High-Quality images on their sites so that the article looks pretty good to read. But, you don’t always need to use HD images in your site. Now, you cannot resize all the images of each and every article you’ve written on your site. Well, WP Smush does the job very well. It resizes and optimizes all the images of your site in no time.
Here is how it works-
‘WP Smush meticulously scans every image you upload – or have already added to your site – cuts all the unnecessary data and scales it for you before adding it to your media library.’
There ae a lot of image Optimizer Plugins out there but I will recommend using this one because, in my opinion, this is the best of the all!
We are now at the last Plugin of the list of Best WordPress Plugins to speed up your site! So, you’re done with optimizing the images but what if I tell you that you can do something even more cool with a plugin called BJ Lazy Load. As the name indicates, this plugin makes the images on the site to load late so that the site opens faster and in fact very faster. How does it work? Here is how-
‘This plugin replaces all your post images, post thumbnails, gravatar images and content iframes with a placeholder and loads the content as it gets close to enter the browser window when the visitor scrolls the page. Also works with text widgets.’
Well, this was a short list of the Best WordPress Plugins to make your site faster and improve the site speed so that you don’t lose your precious visitors. If you found this article helpful, then do let us know via comments! Time to use these Best WordPress Plugins for Increasing Site Speed:D