Is you WordPress blog is slow enough or wants to improve page performance? If you’re running a WordPress website or blog and gone through Google PageSpeed Insights, you will see a lot of recommendation to optimize your website to improve performance and user experience. The main suggestions you will get from Google PageSpeed to fix “Render-blocking JavaScript and CSS”, image optimization, caching, minify JavaScript and CSS.

20 WordPress Plugins to Improve WordPress Performance

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So today, we have 20 best WordPress plugins that fix your websites performance issues recommended by Google Page Speed Insights and improve your website performance significantly. If your website has too many images to load on each page, you can use WordPress lazy load plugins to load images when the page is scrolled or the images content that are being accessed at that moment.

Async JS and CSS

If you gone through Google PageSpeed Insights, you will see one of the main reasons why your page is not so fast is “Render-blocking JavaScript and CSS”. When a page is loaded by browser, all that stuff placed in HEAD tag is loaded before the page content – in blocking way. So the content is delivered to user in the last moment, after all JavaScript and CSS files are loaded.
This is an awesome WordPress plugin to improve page performance by making ALL scripts loaded by other plugins to be loaded in asynchronous way just like Google Page Speed Insights recommends. It inserts all CSS files into the document code or moved from the document beginning to the end, just before closing BODY tag.

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Asynchronous Javascript

If you’re looking for a WordPress plugin to load JavaScript in asynchronous way just like Google Page Speed Insights recommends. This plugin is best for you. The plugin improves page load performance by asynchronously loading JavaScript using head.js.

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WP Deferred Javascripts

WP Deferred JavaScript’s is a WordPress plugin for optimization of loading time. The plugin defer the loading of all javascripts added by the way of wp_enqueue_scripts, using LABJS and improve page load performance by 25%. It is compatible with all WordPress javascript functions (localize_script, js in header, in footer …) and works with all well coded plugins.

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Async Social Sharing

Async Social Sharing is a WordPress plugin that loads popular social sharing widgets and third-party scripts asynchronously after the page loads for improving page load performance. The plugin provides settings to load any of the following sharing widgets: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Linkedin and Hacker News.

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Head.WP

This is a WordPress plugin to improve page load performance by making script to load asynchronously and manage dependencies of JavaScript and CSS assets. This plugin loads the scripts and styles enqueued in footer with the head.js loader. It does not include head.js’ feature detection.

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WP Performance Score Booster

A WordPress plugin that speed-up page load times and improve website scores in services like PageSpeed, YSlow, Pingdom and GTmetrix. This plugin remove any query strings from static resources like CSS & JS files. Also enable GZIP compression (compress text, html, JavaScript, css, xml and so on) and set expires caching (leverage browser caching).

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WP Performance & Security

This plugin provides settings to modify WordPress and improve performance and security. It allows tags on pages and ensure all tags appear in search queries. Modify custom post types so that they appear in search results and RSS feeds. It also enable GZIP on Apache, disable WordPress pings from internal links, enable HTML5 support for forms, comment lists, images and captions and more.

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Wordfence

Wordfence is a WordPress plugin that secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster. The plugin starts by checking if your site is already infected. It does a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. The plugin has options for country blocking and the ability to schedule scans for specific times.

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JS & CSS Script Optimizer

This is a WordPress plugin that makes a website faster by packing and grouping JavaScript and CSS files. The plugin groups several scripts into single file to minimize http request to improve page performance. It also combine several CSS files into single files and Minify CSS files by removing comments, tabs, spaces, newlines.

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Autoptimize

Autoptimize is a WordPress plugin to speed up website and helps you save bandwidth by aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML. The plugin concatenates all scripts and styles, minifies and compresses them, adds expires headers, caches them, and moves styles to the page head, and scripts to the footer. It also minifies the HTML code itself, making your page really lightweight. There are advanced options available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each and every website’s specific need.

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WordPress Image shrinker

This is a image optimize plugin for WordPress to reduce image file sizes drastically and improve performance and Pagespeed score using the TinyPNG API within WordPress. The plugin works for both PNGs and JPGs.

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WP Database Optimizer

This plugin allows for automated scheduled database optimization. The user can specify (in days) how long in between automated optimizations.

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WP Fastest Cache

WP Fastest Cache is a WordPress cache plugin that creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is rendered, PHP and Mysql are used. Therefore, system needs RAM and CPU. If many visitors come to a site, system uses lots of RAM and CPU so page is rendered so slowly. In this case, you need a cache system not to render page again and again. Cache system generates a static html file and improves website performance.

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W3 Total Cache

This is the most popular and used WordPress plugin to improve website performance. The plugin uses caching: browser, page, object, and database, minify and content delivery network support. This plugin is recommended by web hosts like: Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost, MediaTemple, Go Daddy, Host Gator and more.

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WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is another most popular WordPress plugin to improve website performance. If you want page caching, you can choose from either W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache. Both are amazing for fast caching. By using these plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.

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EWWW Image Optimizer

The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically optimize your images when you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past.

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NextGEN Gallery Optimizer

NextGEN Gallery Optimizer is WordPress plugin that improves your site’s page load speed by preventing NextGEN’s scripts & css from loading on posts without galleries.

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WP Smush.it

WP Smush.it is WordPress plugin that improve performance and get faster load times by optimizing image files with Smush.it. The plugin strips hidden, bulky information from your images, reducing the file size without losing quality. The faster your site loads, the more Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines will like it.

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ShortPixel Image Optimiser

The ShortPixel plugin reduces the images’ size making your website load faster. The image quality is preserved using advanced compression technology. The plugin optimises images automatically using both lossy and lossless compression resulting, smaller, images are no different in quality from the original.

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Compress JPEG & PNG images

This plugin speed up your website by optimizing your JPEG and PNG images automatically with TinyPNG.

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