Website load time is one of the 200 ranking factors of Google. If your site is loading slowly then you are losing rankings and traffic. So you have to decrease the load time of your website to achieve higher rankings. And in this article, I am going to tell you how to speed up WordPress site with plugins.
I am going to use only 3 Plugins which will decrease the load time of your site in no time. I will also tell you the best settings which you have to apply to improve site speed.
Before you go into the detail I want to show you the screenshot of my this site loading time.
I am using everything same as I am going to mention you in the article.
The Plugins which I am going to use are,
- W3 Total Cache (By Frederick Townes)
- WP Fastest Cache (By Emre Vona)
- WP Smush (By WPMU DEV )
Tools to check website speed
There are many tools available to check site speed, but I recommend you to use the following tools. They are most reliable.
Speed up WordPress Site with the Plugins
Let’s start learning the process step by step.
1. W3 Total Cache
After installing this plugin, you have to do some settings to increase the speed of your site. Do not change settings yourself, as it could harm your site. You can find the best settings from this link.
These are most trusted settings. I also have applied these settings, so you can also apply them without any risk.
2. WP Fastest Cache
This is also very important plugin when it comes to speed up the WordPress site. After installing it, go to the settings of the plugin and then do the following settings.
3. WP Smush
This plugin reduces the size of the images. Images are very important for the website but if you add heavy images to your site then it will increase the load time of your website. To reduce the size of images you need this plugin and the great thing is you do not have to change the settings of this plugin. When you install it, it will automatically reduce the size of images.
After doing all this, check the speed of your site with the above mentioned 2 tools. You will see a huge difference. And in this way, you can speed up WordPress site with plugins.