Top 4 Must Install WordPress Plugins to Speed up WP Blog
For a blog, Content is the King, but many a times due to poor website load-time users get irritated and pass on. Most of the search engine also penalize the website which have poor loading time in the SEO wars.
However If you are running a WordPress Blog here are top 4 must install plugin to optimize your site performance and make it load faster.
WP Super Cache
Caching of files in the server is the best way to optimize a WordPress blog. This plugin generates a static HTML file from your PHP files and store in in the server. When a user visits your site, he will be serve with the static HTML file instead of heavy and dynamic PHP files thus making the process comparatively fast.
How ever do note that when you are in a process of applying any new modification to your blog like a new theme, widget or plugin don’t forget to disable the caching.
Minification is the practice of removing unnecessary characters from code to reduce its size thereby improving load times. The plugin reads all the JS and CSS files in your blog and pass it through the Minify engine and returns a consolidated, minified, and compressed script or style for WP Minify to reference in the WordPress header.
When ever a user loads any page in your blog he not only access the PHP and HTML files but also query your database from the serve for information. Thus to make this process fast this plugin caches every database query with given lifetime.
Not only your blog will load faster it will use low server disk space and CPU resources.
Images are the element which take highest amount of time to load on a page. We can not strip down all the images but surely optimize them to gain significant load time.
Smush.it is a very popular Yahoo service for web developers which optimizing images online by various methods like ripping meta data from JPEGs, optimizing JPEG compression and converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs. This plugin uses the Yahoo API to optimize it in your blog itself.
I don’t use smush.it but RIOT, a windows software to compress images, works like magic.