How to Speed up WordPress site? This guide will help you. Website load time is one of the 200 ranking factors of Google. If your site is loading slowly then you are losing rankings and traffic. So to gain higher rankings, you have to decrease the load time of your site.
In this article, I am going to tell you how to speed up WordPress site with plugins.
I am going to use only 3 Plugins which will decrease the load time of your site in no time. I will also tell you the best settings which you have to apply in order to improve site speed.
Before I go into the detail of this, I want you to see the screenshot of my site loading time so you could know what I am talking about really works.
I am using everything the same as I am going to mention you in this article.
The Plugins which I use are:
- Autoptimize (By Frank Goossens (futtta))
- WP Fastest Cache (By Emre Vona)
- WP Smush (By WPMU DEV )
Tools to check website speed!
There are many tools available to check site speed, but I recommend you to use the following tools:
Now, let’s come to our main topic!
Speed up WordPress Site with Just 3 Plugins
Let’s start learning the process of speeding up your WordPress site step by step.
Go to the plugins section and install the Autoptimize plugin. After installing, activate it and leave the settings as it is.
You do not have to do any settings for this plugin.
2. WP Fastest Cache
This is a very important cache plugin and very easy to configure. After installing it, go to the settings of the plugin and then do the settings.
These are the ideal settings and will boost your site speed like a rocket.
3. WP Smush
I am using this plugin for the last few years and found it extremely useful as it reduces the size of images without losing quality. Images are very important for a website or business but if you add heavy images to your site then it will increase the load time of your website.
To reduce the size of images you need this plugin and the great thing is you do not have to change the settings of this plugin. When you install it, it will automatically reduce the size of the images which you will add in the future.
To reduce the size of already available images you have to go to the option “Bulk Smush Now” in the settings tab.
After doing all this, check the speed of your site with the above mentioned 2 tools. You will see a huge difference and this is how you can speed up the WordPress site with plugins.
This will also help you rank higher in search engines as site speed is one of Google’s ranking factors.