Internet is growing day by day, but the patience of the internet users is diminishing and even a slightest bit of delay will negatively impact the user experience. It is proven time and time that a fast loading, uncluttered and well optimised website delivers a good user experience and will also gain loyal website visitors which in-turn increases your sales and conversions. Simply put, if you want to get user attention, well optimised and fastest website is a pre-requisite. So in this quick article, let us share the top 3 free plugins that will speed up your WordPress website while optimizing it.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins that you can find for WordPress and it is like a swiss-army knife for caching requirements. No matter how big or small is your WordPress site is, W3 Total Cache helps you improve the load times of your website while reducing the server load using the best caching mechanisms. With its easy to use dashboard, you can easily configure W3 Total Cache to meet your caching requirements no matter the hosting environment (like Shared, VPS or Dedicated).
On top of it, W3 Total Cache is really friendly with all the popular CDN’s like MaxCDN, CloudFront, Rackspace, etc. So, give it a try and you will definitely see an improvement in your server resource usage and website load times.
WordPress database is well optimized out of the box, but as you add the content, your WordPress database will be cluttered with so much useless information like spam comments, post revisions, etc. This unnecessary and hogged up information will lead to prolonged database retrieving times, and in-turn slows down your WordPress site.
That being said, you can optimize your WordPress database manually using some MySQL optimization commands. But if you are relative new or if you don’t have the time, then you can use WP-Optimize to fine tune your WordPress database by de-cluttering and removing unnecessary information. Do give it a try and you will see a good performance improvement.
At most times, images take up most of the website load time due to their file size. Actually, most images carry so much unnecessary information (nearly, 10% – 40%) which contributes to a very high file size. That being said, even though WordPress has an in-built image editor, it is not capable of stripping down this needless information.
So to deal with this problem, you can use a free plugin called WP-Smush.it which removes all the useless information without compromising the quality of the image. This sort of image optimization really improves your website loading time and search rankings. On top it, WP-Smush.it has a bulk image optimization option, using which you can optimize all the images in your WordPress site with a single click. Moreover, WP-Smush.it runs using the Yahoos Smush.it API.
Making your WordPress site much more pleasant to the actual user is the important goal of these plugins. Do give them a try and your website visitors, customers and users will be very happy. At the end of the day, a happy user is going to stick longer with good conversion rates.