2 Free Plugins for Faster Website Speed

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Disclaimer: By installing these free plugins you take full responsibility for all results they produce.

Why Your Website Speed is so Important & How To Make It Faster

Whether you admit it or not, the internet has made all of us way more inpatient when it comes to accessing information. This is the core reason why your website speed is so important in your marketing efforts. When someone attempts to view your website and they have to wait more that 5 seconds for the page to load (eternity in internet time) they are most likely going to exit out of your site and do another search to find their answer. Hopefully these 2 free plugins will help your site load faster so you can keep more viewers on your site longer.

The Benefits of Faster Website Speed

  • Better experience for your viewers
  • Your Google PageSpeed score will improve
  • Search engine rankings will most likely increase
  • Your site bounce rate will decrease and more visitors will see your content
  • You will save storage space on your servers allowing them to run better
  • You will save data plan charges for and your visitors on mobile devices
  • You will look more professional in the eyes of your audience

First Free Plugin: Autoptimize

Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy. It can aggregate, minify and cache scripts and styles, injects CSS in the page head by default (but can also defer), moves and defers scripts to the footer and minifies HTML.

The “Extra” options allow you to async non-aggregated JavaScript, remove WordPress core emoji cruft, optimize Google Fonts and more. As such it can improve your site’s performance even when already on HTTP/2! There is extensive API available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each and every site’s specific needs.

 

Second Free Plugin: Cache Enabler

The Cache Enabler plugin creates static HTML files and stores them on the servers disk. The web server will deliver the static HTML file and avoids the resource intensive backend processes (core, plugins and database). This WordPress cache engine will improve the performance of your website.

This plugin requires minimal setup time and allows you to easily take advantage of the benefits that come from using WordPress caching.

The WordPress Cache Enabler has the ability to create 2 cached files. One is plain HTML and the other version is gzipped (gzip level 9). These static files are then used to deliver content faster to your users without any database lookups or gzipping as the files are already pre-compressed.

Conclusion: Combine Autoptimize & Cache Enabler together for faster Website Speed

After using both of these free plugins for more than a year on all our client sites, I’m glad to report we have only seen positive results. If you do run into any issues they will most likely be solved by clearing the cache within your WordPress dashboard.

While these plugins do work well together, there are also many other factors to consider when trying to improve your WordPress website. 2 of those main factors are finding the best web hosting and optimizing your images which I have covered in other posts.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post on 2 free plugins for faster Wordpress website speed. I hope you found it helpful.

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