Your website only has a few seconds to retain the attention of a casual visitor. If your home page or other pages load too slowly, the users will likely leave your website. That can cause you to lose potential customers and miss out on search ranking opportunities. Luckily, you can install WordPress page speed optimisation plugins.

How do WordPress page speed optimisation plugins work?

If you want to speed up your WordPress website, you need caching plugins. Solid page caching is a vital part of increasing your site speed as it stores certain assets, such as HTML, JavaScript and images, locally. That allows users to view pages quickly—without requiring a round trip request to your website’s hosting servers. 

Apart from page caching plugins, your website may also need other plugins to optimise certain parts and assets. That’s why we’ve also included them in this list. 

Here are the six best WordPress page speed optimisation plugins you can try:

1. WP Rocket 

WP Rocket is one of the top WordPress performance plugins. Once you activate WP Rocket, it automatically implements several optimisation techniques, including page caching, browser caching and Gzip compression. It also comes with optional features you can switch on to boost your website speed and performance further. These include CDN support, minification, DNS pre-fetching and more. 

More importantly, these optimisation tools are wrapped in the most user-friendly interface. While some WordPress caching plugins seem to require you to take on a course to figure things out, WP Rocket makes the setup process quick and easy. 

2. WP Fastest Cache 

Some cache plugins are too simple, while others are too advanced. With WP Fastest Cache, the plugin developers have finally found the middle ground. You can enable page caching, browser caching and Gzip compression in just a few clicks. 

This plugin also supports basic minification for CSS and HTML, CDN integration and an option to disable WordPress emojis. Want to exclude certain users or content from caching? You can do it easily and quickly with WP Fastest Cache. The same goes for setting cache expiration times for certain URL strings.

3. WP Super Cache 

The best thing about WP Super Cache is its simplicity. It doesn’t intimidate beginners. That’s because all you have to do is install it, check a single box and then your website is set to speed up.

If you want a little more control over this plugin, you can tweak the advanced settings. That’s where you can configure Gzip compression, browser caching, content caching, updating caches and connecting to a CDN of your choice.  

4. NitroPack 

NitroPack is not merely a WordPress performance plugin—it’s a complete website speed optimisation platform. And it simplifies the process of speeding up websites.

Instead of installing several plugins and deciding which assets or pages to optimise, NitroPack optimises everything for you. All you have to do is install the connector plugin. Then, you can choose how aggressive you want the optimisations to be. 

Once set, NitroPack will improve your site performance automatically. It will implement various caching types, a global CDN, compression, image optimisation, DNS pre-fetch and more. Also, NitroPack uses its servers to run all these optimisations.

After the changes, you can count on improved time-to-first-byte (TTFB), page load times, web core vitals, Google PageSpeed scores and more. 

5. LazyLoad by WP Rocket

Typically, when a visitor lands on a page on your website, it will try to load the entire page. If it’s a long page with multiple images, videos and other content, the visitor may have to wait several seconds before the page loads fully. But the truth is, your WordPress website doesn’t need to load the entire long page at once. 

With LazyLoad by WP Rocket, your website can load specific page elements only when they are needed. This plugin doesn’t use JavaScript or jQuery, so it’s ultra-lightweight. It also replaces YouTube iFrames with preview thumbnails and does other “lazy loading” techniques to boost the overall page speed. 

6. Perfmatters

Perfmatters doesn’t do page caching, but it’s a great complement to your caching plugin as it optimises lots of smaller parts of your WordPress website. For instance, it disables small settings that your site may not need, such as the emoji font, Dashicons, WordPress version number and more. Collectively, these minor tweaks can remove several unnecessary HTTP requests that only slow down your page load speed. 

This plugin also comes with a powerful scripts manager tool that allows you to load CSS or JavaScript only on certain pages. Say your contact form plugin typically loads its scripts across the website. You can use Perfmatters to tweak that, so it only loads its scripts on the contact page. That can reduce unnecessary sitewide HTTP requests. 

So if you’re already using a caching plugin on your WordPress website, Perfmatters is a great one to add to help optimise the speed of your pages and site performance. 

Speed up your website today.

With these plugins, you can start optimising your website to increase its speed and catch every visitor that comes your way. If you need further help, reach out to us.

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