12 Plugins to Improve Loading Time of WordPress Sites

Loading speed is one of the most important factors which can 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 user’s point of view but the search engine as well because search engine like Google likes sites which load quickly.

If you want to compete with the best websites out there to get better search engine position, your site must load quickly. Thankfully, there are some WordPress plugins which can improve the loading time of your WordPress site without any coding.

We have already written about the must have WordPress plugins which can improve user experience as well as overall performance of your site.

What Affects Loading Time?

Hosting Provider: There are some factors which can affect the loading speed of your site, and you need to look at that one by one.

To start with, a good quality hosting provider is really important because if your hosting service is not good enough to provide you quality service and security, then you must change your web host instantly.

We have listed out the best WordPress hosting providers, who can provide you faster WordPress hosting and tight security for your site.

The 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 images are well optimized before you upload them to the site.

Also, you can break up content into more pages to make your site load faster that will also improve user experience and provide them a clean interface to read.

WordPress Theme: Yes, your WordPress theme could be another aspect which may slow down your site to 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 of your site.

We recommend you to go for a theme from MyThemeShop or  Genesis Framework; we have a post about the best Genesis child themes you can select any theme from the list and get started.

Number of Posts: Homepage of your site creates the first impression on your visitors. So, you need to make sure that your homepage is well optimized to load quickly.

Make sure that you show only excerpts instead of full posts and reduce the number of posts on the homepage. You can control the number of posts in the WordPress settings page, to change the number of posts go to Settings > Reading

Keep It Minimal: Readers comes to your site for content, not anything else. So, make sure to remove all the unnecessary things from the pages and focus only on the content. Don’t place any widget which doesn’t 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 that will affect your site negatively and increase the loading time of your site. So, make sure to use only the important plugins which are necessary for your site.

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is by far the most effective and comprehensive cache plugin for WordPress. It will make your site 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.

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Monarch

Social media is one of the unavoidable components, but most of the social buttons make your site a lot slower. So, you need a top quality plugin like Monarch to bring in the social features to your site without making it slower.

Monarch is a great product from the ElegantThemes store. This plugin offers you great looking social media buttons to increase the number of social share for your content and you can different placement options to make sure that it is perfectly optimized for best results.

We have listed the top social media plugins for WordPress here

Monarch Social Share Plugin

Monarch Social Share Plugin

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jsDelivr

jsDelivr is a free public CDN that hosts javascript libraries and jQuery plugins, including all of the files they need to work (CSS/PNG). It hosts javascript files that use popular WordPress plugins which decrease the load on your server making your site a lot faster.

This plugin makes it easy to use this CDN service, just install and scan your website for files that can be loaded from the CDN.

jsDelivr WordPress CDN Plugin

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Gonzales

This is a custom made premium WordPress plugin to speed up your WordPress site; it will help you to get rid of unnecessary CSS and JavaScript files. Because as you add new plugins to your site, they come with their files which will load every time you load your site.

For example, if you add a contact form plugin, gallery or a slider plugin they will have their style files which are not required to loading on every page but they will, and that will affect your overall loading time.

With this plugin, you can manage the files and stop them on the pages where they are not required, and that will help you to improve the loading time of your site to a huge extent.

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BJ Lazy Load

Lazy loading is a great option to make your WordPress site fast. It will help your site to load faster by loading images and iframes as your visitors scroll down your site. So, as the server doesn’t need to load the entire content in one go, it helps to load part of your site almost instantly.

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WP-Optimize

A very important WordPress plugin and must have for every site which runs on WordPress. 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.

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WP Smush.it

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

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WP-DBManager

Another very useful database manager WordPress plugin, it can speedup your WordPress site to a great extent. It optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore the database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries.

WP-DBManager

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WordPress CSS Sprites

CSS Sprites is a technology which combines the images on your page to reduce the HTTP requests which can cause an increase in loading time of your site.

Though CSS Sprites can be done through coding also, it is not possible for any WordPress user. So, this amazing plugin helps you to get that done.

I recommend you to backup your site before installing this plugin.

WordPress CSS Sprites Generator For Posts Content

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EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is another very effective WordPress plugin to speed up your site. I use this plugin n this 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.

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Hammy

Hammy is an interesting plugin, it creates a multiple smaller sized version of the images within your blog page and posts and automatically shows the most appropriate version of the image when a user visits your site.

This will especially improve the user experience when a user visits your site using small screen devices. And the best part is that it works with any WordPress theme.

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Speed Booster Pack

As the name suggests, this plugin is specially created to improve the loading speed of 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 tune them to improve the loading time.

This plugin moves scripts which 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.

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P3 Plugin Profiler

This plugin is not created to speed up your site, but to check which plugins are affecting your site negatively and slowing download the site.

This plugin scans your site and provides you a detailed report about the plugins with the specific loading time of each plugin which helps you to make a decision if you want to continue with those plugins.

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Conclusion

These are proven plugins which work. It’s important to make your WordPress site to load fast because if it takes time to load your user will move to the next site. Also, you will never get better ranking in the search engines like Google.

Let me know if I missed any good quality plugin which can help to improve the loading time of WordPress site by using the comment section below.

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    I tried activating Ewwww Image optimizer, i got an info that exec() has been deactivated , what should i do

  • I would suggest you to submit a ticket in the plugin support page.

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