Loading speed is one of the most important factors that will make or break your online business. In this post, we have collected some of the best WordPress plugins to improve loading time and make your site blazing fast. Loading time is not only important from the users' point of view but from the search engine's as well. Search engines like Google likes sites that load quickly! If you want to compete with the best websites out there and get a better search engine position, your site must load quickly. Thankfully, there are some WordPress plugins that can improve the loading time of your WordPress site without any coding. (We have already written about the must-have WordPress plugins that can improve user experience, as well as the overall performance of your site).

What Affects Loading Time?

There are tons of factors that can affect the loading speed of your site. Let's take a look at them one by one. Hosting Provider: To start, a good quality hosting provider is super important. If your hosting service is not good enough to provide you quality service and security, then you must change your web host instantly. We've listed out the best WordPress hosting providers, who can provide fast WordPress hosting and tight security for your site. Amount of Content: Secondly, the amount of content on your web page can affect the loading time of your site. If your page is full of images and tons of other content, then it will slow down your site to a great extent. You need to make sure that your images are well optimized before you upload them to the site. You can also break up content into more pages to make your site load faster, which will also improve user experience and a clean interface to read. WordPress Theme: Yes, your WordPress theme could be another aspect that may slow down your site a huge extent. If your WordPress theme is not well coded, it will not only affect the loading time of your site but, the overall security as well. We recommend you to MyThemeShop or Genesis Framework for a theme. Number of Posts: The homepage of your site is your first impression to your visitors. So, you need to make sure that your homepage is well optimized and loads quickly. Make sure that you show only excerpts instead of full posts on the homepage, and overall reduce the number of posts. You can control the number of posts in the WordPress settings page by going to Settings > Reading. Keep It Minimal: Readers come to your site for content – that's it. So, make sure to remove anything unnecessary from your pages, and focus only on your content.  For example, don't place any random widgets that do not create any value for your visitors.

Plugins To Speed Up WordPress

Before we proceed with the list of plugins to improve the loading time of your site, you must remember that if you use a huge number of plugins, this will affect your site negatively and increase the loading time of your site. So, make sure to use only the important plugins that are necessary for your site.

#1 - W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is by far the most effective and comprehensive cache plugin for WordPress. It will make your site load a lot faster, it has all of the features you need, and it is easy to install and use. There are some useful tutorials about how to use W3 Total Cache – you can find one here. W3 Total Cache

#2 - Gonzales

This is a custom made premium WordPress plugin to help speed up your WordPress site. It will help you get rid of unnecessary CSS and JavaScript files. As you add new plugins to your site, they come with their own files – which will load every time you open your site and thus slowing everything down. For example, if you add a contact form, gallery, or slider plugin, they have their style files that are not required to load on every page – but they will, and that will affect your overall loading time. With this plugin, you can manage these files, and stop them on the pages where they are not required – which will help you improve the loading time of your site to a huge extent. wordpress-gonzales-optimization-tool

#3 - WP-Optimize

A very important WordPress plugin and must-have for every WordPress site. It will make your WordPress site load fast, and keep it clean. This plugin optimizes your database without doing manual queries; it cleans up all the unnecessary database strings and auto drafts to make your site faster. WP-Optimize  

#4 - WP Smush.it

One of the most popular plugins used to optimize the images on your site. Every image you add to a page or post will automatically run through Smush.it behind the scenes. Smush Image

#5 - WP-DBManager

Another very useful database manager WordPress plugin that can speed up your WordPress site to a great extent. It optimizes the database, repairs the database, backs up the database, restores the database, deletes the backup database, drops/empties tables, and runs selected queries. WP-DBManager

#6 - WordPress CSS Sprites

CSS Sprites is a technology that combines the images on your page to reduce the HTTP requests, which can cause an increase in the loading time of your site. Though CSS Sprites can be done through coding as well, not every WordPress user knows how to code. So, this amazing plugin helps you get it done, even without any coding knowledge. I recommend you backup your site before installing this plugin. WordPress CSS Sprites Generator For Posts Content

#7 - EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is another very effective WordPress plugin to speed up your site. I personally use this plugin in my site, and it works. It automatically and losslessly optimizes your images as you upload them to your site. It can also optimize images that you have previously uploaded. EWWW Image Optimizer

#8 - Speed Booster Pack

As the name suggests, this plugin is specially created to improve the loading speed of the WordPress site. The speed of your site gets affected by some parameters from the server-side as well as your WordPress setup side – this plugin looks into all the parameters and fine-tunes them to improve the loading time. This plugin moves scripts that affect your site's loading time to the footer to improve page loading speed. It eliminates external render-blocking Javascript and CSS in above-the-fold content. This plugin also optimizes the images in your site by compressing them and making them load lazily to improve the content loading time. This plugin removes query strings from static resources which are another common cause for bad loading speed. Speed Booster Pack

Conclusion

These are proven plugins that work. It's important to make your WordPress site load fast because if it takes time to load, your user will quickly move onto the next site. Also, as mentioned, you will receive a poor ranking in search engines like Google. Let me know if I missed any good quality plugins which can help improve the loading time of WordPress sites in the comment section below.

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Originally published Mar 20, 2020 5:24:30 PM, updated March 20 2020

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