Speeding up your WordPress blog goes a long way to improve its popularity. As the website loads faster, your visitor enjoys browsing, driving high traffic and generating revenue. While there are many proven ways to boost a site’s performance (a lot of these are explained in the WordPress Optimization Tips and Tricks post), in this article we will take a look at some WordPress plugins that allows you to perform critical front-end and back-end optimizations, within the comfort of your WordPress dashboard.
In the first section of this article I have listed the well known WordPress caching plugins and my recommendation. The next section has a list of few nice utility type plugins which you might find useful (depending on your situation). Please note that you don’t need to install all of the plugins listed here on your site (Just pick whatever fits your needs).
Top WordPress Caching Plugins
W3 Total Cache
A lot of people still use the WP Super Cache plugin. WP Super Cache is a nice plugin but have you tried the W3 Total Cache plugin yet? If you are using a WordPress caching plugin and you have never tried the W3 Total Cache then you seriously need to give this plugin a go. W3 Total Cache is a relatively newer caching plugin with better performance and the configuration is much easier and cleaner. It works nicely with the WP eStore, WP eMember and the WP Affiliate Platform Plugins too.
W3 Total Cache is the fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization plugin. Trusted by many popular sites like: mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, tipsandtricks-hq.com 🙂 and others.
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache plugin generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a HTML file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
Hyper Cache is a new caching system for WordPress, specifically written for people who have their blogs on low resources hosting provider (CPU and MySQL). It works even with hosting based on Microsoft IIS.
WP-Cache is an efficient WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive. It works by caching WorPress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and then building the page from the database.
The DB Cache plugin caches every database query with given lifetime. It is much faster than other HTML caching plugins and uses less disk space for caching.
Other Useful Site Speed Related Plugins
WP Optimize allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without doing manual queries. It can delete all post revisions, spam comments, unapproved comments, optimize database tables etc in one click.
Image Optimization Plugins
There are a few nice image optimization plugins that can be very helpful to optimize your media library images. Read this detailed guide on image optimization plugins tutorial to learn which plugins you can use to auto-optimize your images.
As you go on installing, using and uninstalling plugins on WordPress, the ‘wp_options’ table becomes bloated. Even some themes use this table to store settings related data. Some of those records don’t get deleted as the plugin/theme is uninstalled. The table continues to grow and contribute to progressively slower load times. The Clean Options plugin gives users an easy way to get a bloated wp_options table down to a manageable size. It’s equipped with many built-in safety features so you don’t accidentally delete any data that’s needed for your blog to operate.
WP Super Minify
Hopefully you will find some of these plugins useful. Also, checkout the list of best WordPress plugins to find out what other plugins you should be using.
Comments (30 responses)
What caching options did you enable in that plugin?
Before W3-total cache
Load Time: 7.50 s
W3-total cache Installed
Load Time: 14.52 s
First i thought i’ve configurated it wrong. So followed all steps for best performance. Worst loading with w3 is 23.73 s
If W3-total cache can proof me wrong, please do contact me W3-total cache otherwise i am very disappointed.
I’ve uninstalled this plugin because without it my website perform the best.
thnx for infromation i will use w3 total cache plugin too now
W3 Total Cache plugin work like charm. I been searching for some tips to increase my blog loading speed and never know about this plugin, I’m a newbie BTW. Very informative post mate and yeah I bookmarked your blog for future references! Thank you very much for sharing.
I read both your plugin article and our article on optimizing your site and I am walking (actually i am sitting) away with more knowledge than I had intended on getting. Thank you for the very informative content. I have now bookmarked you. Great writing.
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or if possible,write your script tag in Google Analytics style.
There you will know about one more unique plugin for optimization.
Great post, thanks.
Thanks for this information. My blog is getting slower for all the plugins I have installed. I will give these a try hehe
Thanks For Sharing Master
I just had to commend you on a cool post, boss. I’ve seen good results with W3 on a couple of my blogs, so I guess it’s more so preference since many people feel different ways about each plugin.
Very cool list. Bookmarked for later research when I work on optimizing my site.
Great tip, I was aware of that tool but never used it but now I am gonna use 1 Blog Cacher 🙂
Your rock, i have added your website in my favorite list and bookmarked too. I am not gonna miss your post from now-onwards!!
Great tips thanks! I just started using W3 Total Cache and love it.
I’ve tried the Minify plugin and that disables Ajax in a lot of themes. I don’t like the idea of installing a plugin to speed up WordPress because it is technically fast enough already. If your blog is going slow, get rid of your plugins, get a good theme and develop your own basic plugins that do only what you need them to none of the extras.
W3 Total Cache is the best!
@Neil, glad to hear that 🙂
Wow, W3 Total Cache is amazing, thank you for the tip! You’ve made me the star of my small organization. The speed of upload is like night and day!
There’re now new plugin but thank alot for your contribution 🙂
I used to use W3 total but now I am using wp super cache. W3 didn’t work well with me and I switched to Wp super cache. My blog is extremely fast now. 0.39 sec. huh!!!
Really pleased to see this article, I learned a lot. Xiexie Bo Lord of the!
Great post! I like the W3 Total Cache plugin too.
I Use Super Cach and have noticed a difference in load speed.
Thanks for this plugins list. The clean option is very nice one… I didn’t know that something like this existed.
I prefer W3 Total Cache over WP Super Cahce in terms of being easier to use and had less problems with my site using it.
Another option is WP-Minify if you aren’t using a caching plugin already offering compression.
Looking forward to trying Optimize DB and Clean Options.
Hi Bill, Thanks for the input. yeah, WEBO site SpeedUP is pretty good but I tried to mention only the free options in the article 🙂
Great post! I like the W3 Total Cache plugin too.
You failed to mention WEBO Site Speed Up. I tried to use some of the others you mentioned above but found that Site SpeedUp increased my site’s page load speed by several orders of magnitude; from 66 YSlow to 97, and 96 Page Speed
I use the W3 Total Cache plugin too and it seem to work really well without any tweaking.
Another very nice and informative post! I am liking the W3 Total Cache plugin, it seem to do pretty much everything.