The time it takes for your website to load can be the difference between gaining a happy visitor or losing a sale. If you’re unsure whether your website is loading fast enough, you can test it using one of these free websites. Whether or not you need it, it’s always best to improve speed times for your visitors. If you’re using WordPress as your website platform, here are 4 WordPress plugins to speed up your website, most of which are free to use.
1. WP Fastest Cache
WP Fastest Cache minimizes CSS and offers 1 click clear caches. Caches are just data that is being stores but not needed and holds up space which makes the site load slower. It’s easy to install, set up and use. It has over 1 million users (including me) and over 40 thousand paid users.
Autoptimize increases your speed by compressing cache scripts and CSS, optimizes Google Fonts and minimizes HTML. You’re also able to enable lazy load images to increase speed times as well. Autoptimize has over 1 million active users, including this site, so it’s definitely a good option.
3. WP Smush
WP Smush is a plugin that helps compress all your images in order to increase speed times. The larger the image file, the longer they take to load. This helps by making those image files smaller so they can load faster. Another feature is lazy load, which essentially means that the images that aren’t seen (or on the bottom of the page) load later rather than all the images loading all at once. It has over 1 million active installs, including this site, so you know you’re in good hands.
4. WP Rocket
WP Rocket is a powerhouse plugin that speeds up your site by minimizing CSS, HTML, static file compression, lazy load images, + clears caches. This one is a premium plugin that starts at $49 a year for a single site.
There are 4 wordpress plugins to speed up your website. Most of these are free options and super simple to install and set up. Like mentioned above, the speed of your site is incredibly important so if you don’t have one of these plugins installed on your site, you definitely should check them out!
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