Speed Up WordPress Handbook

Speed Up WordPress Handbook

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I am member and admin in a Facebook group called “WordPress Speed Up“. As you probably know since you’ve landed on this post, speeding up sites is one of my favorite topics. If you need any help with your site or you want to share a tool or service that has helped you, I’d like to encourage you to join that group. It has some of the best WordPress minds already in it 🙂

Based on users feedback and personal expereice, we’ve came up with a list of very useful tools that would help you speed up your site directly or help you find an issue that is slowing you down. Hopefully, you will find something useful for you!

SITE ANALYSIS

Free Tools

Pingdom: web tool for complete site speed analysis
GTmetrix: web tool for complete site speed analysis
WebPagetest: website performance and optimization test web tool
Page Speed Grader: web tool for complete site speed analysis
Page Speed DotCom-Monitor: instantly test your website speed in real browsers from +20 locations worldwide
Google PageSpeed: the PageSpeed family help you optimize the performance of your website
Page Load Time: Chrome extension for fast measuring page load time
Pingdom DNS Health: check if its DNS servers are configured correctly for a domain name
P3 Profiler: identifying plugins that are slowing down site
Query Monitor: database queries with times
Debug Queries: check out all the queries your site makes to detect issues

Paid Tools

Load Impact: load testing tool
Blitz.io: load testing tool

CACHING TOOLS

Free Tools

WP Super Cache: effective caching plugin
WP Widget Cache: cache the output of site widgets
Get CSS/JS files: debug tool for listing all CSS and JS files

Paid Tools

WP Rocket: all-in-one and easy setup speed up plugin

WP DATABASE OPTIMIZATION

Free Tools

Plugins Garbage Collector: cleaning up WP database
WP Optimize: optimize WP database
WP-DBManager: optimize WP database

Paid Tools

Smart Cleanup Tools: powerful plugin for database cleanup
Smart Options Optimizer: unique plugin for tracing and removing unused options and meta records in the database

LOADING OPTIMIZATION

Free Tools

Plugin Organizer: changing plugins order loading and selectively disable plugins on chosen pages/posts
Autoptimize: aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML
Rocket Lazy Load: displays images on a page only when they are visible to the user
Lazy Load for Videos: replace embedded Youtube and Vimeo videos with a clickable preview image
WP YouTube Lyte: lazy load your videos, by inserting responsive “Lite YouTube Embeds”
Lazy Widget Loader: lazy loading for widgets
Cloudinary: images in the cloud
CloudFlare: supercharge your site speed through cloud

Paid Tools

MaxCDN: distribute content to make web pages and media load faster

IMAGES OPTIMIZATION

Free Tools

Imsanity: automatically resizes huge image uploads
EWWW Image Optimizer: reduce file sizes for images
Compressor.io: a powerful online tool for reducing drastically the size of your images and photos
FastStone: image editor (resizing and cropping), as well as image browser and converter
ImageOptim: optimizing images on MAC
RIOT: optimizing images on PC

Paid Tools

Kraken PRO: optimizing images and accelerating your websites

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