Best WordPress Page Speed Plugins

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Does the time it takes to load your site matter? It does to Google along with many other page speed considerations, which you can learn more about at their site, PageSpeed Insights. Your page speed plays a role in Google’s ranking algorithm. Google values the user experience and doesn’t want a user to be inconvenienced by slow page loads. Your goal should be to score at least a 75 or higher without compromising features you desire to have on your site, for example, a scroll mat opt-in form occurs above the fold (Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content) so this will slow down a site against the tradeoff of attracting leads. GTmetix and Pingdom are two more excellent sites for page speed analysis.

NameDescriptionRatingInstallsLink
Async JS and CSSConverts render-blocking CSS and JS files into NON-render-blocking, improving performance of web page.4.410KLink
AutoptimizeAutoptimize speeds up your website and helps you save bandwidth by aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML.4.7100KLink
Better WordPress MinifyAllows you to combine and minify your CSS and JS files to improve page load time.4.470KLink
BJ Lazy LoadLazy loading for images and iframes makes your site load faster and saves bandwidth. Uses no external JS libraries and degrades gracefully for non-js.4.130KLink
GZip Ninja Speed CompressionIs your website GZipped? Need faster, reliable data transfer to rank higher in Google?3.930KLink
JCH OptimizeThis plugin automatically performs several front end optimizations to your site to increase download speed and reduce server load and bandwidth.4.44KLink
Leverage Browser Caching NinjasAre you getting the "Leverage Browser Caching" error message from Google?4.530KLink
ShortPixel Image OptimizerEasy-to-use, lightweight plugin that optimizes images & PDFs. Make your website faster, keeping the images’ high quality.4.510KLink
W3 Total CacheEasy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.4.31MLink
WP-OptimizeSimple but effective plugin allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without doing manual queries. 4.9400KLink
WP SmushReduce image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO using the free WPMU DEV WordPress Smush API.4.7300KLink