8 Top Best Free Plugins to Make WordPress Faster

Top best WordPress Plugins to make your WordPress site faster
I am always searching to find new methods for Speed Up my WordPress website and blogs; I think you should too?

I prefer everything free. 😀

Now you think, Hey Masood, How Free WordPress Speed Up Plugins for WordPress helps to make WordPress Faster?

Or, Why I want to make my WordPress Faster?

First, According to Search Engine Land, from 2010 Google counts site speed as a ranking factor to determine your position in SERP.

Second, Who want to lose floods of visitors only for the slow website?

Here we have an advantage due to WordPress over other website creation script or Tools. WordPress provides lots of Plugins and Hacks to Speed Up your Site.

Check How to Speed Up WordPress Websites [COMPLETE GUIDE] for exploring other ways to make your blog faster.

At BLOGGYAANI, I want to help newbie blogger as much as possible. This post dedicated to our new blogger who can’t afford Premium WordPress Plugin while starting their blog. You can use these free plugins to achieve the same result or close result as compared to Premium Plugin.

So,

What are the Best Free Plugins to Speed Up WordPress?

What are the Best Free Plugins to Speedup WordPress?
Check below list to find some best free plugin who provide you the best way to speed up your blog.

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is the most downloaded plugin in plugin directory. It’s active in 1 Million+ website right now. This plugin is a product of Automatic, Parent company for WordPress.

It’s a beginner friendly plugin with less option. Less choice means they provide most customization out of the box and if you want some advance function then play with configuration.

Features:

  1. Support for multiple caching types (Mod_Rewrite, PHP and Legacy)
  2. Serve static html files
  3. Cache preload
  4. CDN support

WP Super Cache

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache
This the most advance WordPress caching plugin, and activited on 1 Million+ Website. It’s not a beginner freindly but you can find many article on How to Configure W3 Total Cache for Newbie Guides. Check this Configuring W3 Total Cache by WordPress Expert Ahmad Awais.

Features:

  1. CDN Support
  2. Browser caching
  3. Database caching
  4. Object caching
  5. Minifying
  6. CloudFlare Support

W3 Total Cache

Tip: If you find any error after activating Minifying option, disable it and use Autoptimize for better minification.

PageSpeed Ninja

PageSpeed Ninja - Make your WordPress Faster in Seconds.
I found this PageSpeed Ninja while browsing a ProductHunt. This plugin is the ultimate WordPress performance plugin.

You can make your site load faster on desktop and mobile, fixing Google PageSpeed Insights issues with one click.

This plugin provides a simple interface with some predefined settings. Check all options one by one and settled with the option which don’t break your website and also make its lightning fast.

Makers of PageSpeed Ninja knows this plugins not suitable for everyone, so they created the PageSpeed.Ninja website where you can test your site before installing the plugin.

Features:

  1. Easily enable Gzip file compression
  2. Fix render blocking CSS and JavaScript
  3. Improve Critical Rendering Path and auto-generate above-the-fold critical CSS
  4. Minify HTML, JavaScript and CSS files
  5. Combine and inline Javascript and CSS
  6. Defer loading of Javascript and CSS
  7. Optimize style / script order
  8. Compress all images to optimize size
  9. Defer images by lazy loading with optional low-quality image placeholders
  10. Leverage browser caching and server-side caching
  11. Optimize your images accurately for nearly 10,000 different mobile browsers thanks to the included AMDD database – one of the most comprehensive mobile device databases available.

PageSpeed Ninja

Autoptimize

Autoptimize
Autoptimize optimize your website really easy. It’s combine all script and styles in one file. Minify and compress them, add expires headers and cache them. Its also moves style to page head and script to footer. It’s minify HTML code and save extra bits from bandwidth.

I am using this plugin from a previous year and never get any error. Only one problem I face it, this plugin not clear cache by itself.

Features:

  1. Minifies JavaScript, CSS and HTML
  2. Adds expires headers
  3. Cache minified files
  4. Moves styles to the page head
  5. Move scripts to the footer

Autoptimize

ShortPixel image Optimizer

ShortPixel Image Optimizer
Images is the heaviest part of any web page. ShortPixel Image Optimizer optimize image and reduce their size without degrading quality of image. Its also reduce your PDF size.

Install it and choose your preferred option like lossy/lossless. It automatically optimizes your new uploaded image.

ShortPixel provides 100image/month optimization in the free plan. Use a link to get extra 100 image optimization credits.

Features:

  1. Simple to Use
  2. Automatically resize/optimize your images
  3. Bulk Image optimization option available

ShortPixel

Imagify Image optimizer

Imagify Image Optimizer
Imagify provides similar service like ShortPixel but they provides extra option to get image more lighter as compared to ShortPixel, but this setting clearly shown image quality degration.

It’s better for compression JPG image, and they provide you a better plan in free membership program. Imagify provides 25MB/Month quota for optimizing the image. This plugin saves 3.5MB from 7Mb image folder on my other blog.

Features:

  1. Resize/Optimize your image automatically
  2. Bulk image optimizing option
  3. Simple to use

Imagify Image Optimizer

Rocket Lazy Load

Lazy Load displays images on a page only when they are visible to the user. This reduces the number of HTTP requests mechanism and improves the loading time.

Rocket lazyLoad works on thumbnails, all images in a post content or a widget text, avatars, and smiles. No JavaScript library such as jQuery is used and the script weighs less than 2kb.

Rocket Lazy load created by WP Media, creator of Imagify and WPRocket plugins.

Features:

  1. Simple to use
  2. Small Size
  3. Not Depends on JQuery

Rocket Lazy Load

BJ Lazy Load

BJ Lazy Load
This plugin replaces all your post images, post thumbnails, gravatar images and content iframes with a placeholder and loads the content as it gets close to enter the browser window when the visitor scrolls the page. Also works with text widgets.

Since it works with iframes, it also covers embedded videoes from YouTube, Vimeo etc.
Features:

  1. Replaces post images, Gravatar images and post thumbnails
  2. Replaces content iframes with a placeholder until content needs to load
  3. Plugin uses jQuery to operate
  4. Serves scaled down images with responsive designs

BJ Lazy Laod

Conclusion:

If you want to speed up your WordPress website or blog then just install few plugins from above list and measure your site speed.

Here some free tools for measuring your website speed,

  1. Website Speed Test
  2. GTMetrix
  3. WebPageTest

Please don’t install everything on your blog because less is more. There are many ways to speed up your WordPress site, and a plugin is a safe and best way.

Here is a quick question for you, Which free plugin make your WordPress faster?

Please share your experience with us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share with your followers.

Check How to Speed Up Your WordPress Websites Guide for finding more way to speed up.

5 thoughts on “8 Top Best Free Plugins to Make WordPress Faster”

  1. I also recommend the plugin – Plugin Organizer. It lets you choose which plugins to load by page or post. This helps a ton with page speed when you don’t need most plugins for most pages.

    • Shaikh Masood Alam

      It’s a Great plugin but sometimes it does not work. Instead of using Plugin Optimizer use Gonzales.

  2. Hi Masood! I liked your Wonderful list of WordPress plugins. All are very useful.
    I also want to suggest you ‘Trash Duplicate and 301 Redirect’ WordPress plugin. It will not only make your website faster but also help you to find and delete duplicate contents. Also permanently redirect removed content URL to the main URL to divert traffic to one URL and be safe from being penalized by Google for duplicate content.

  3. Prisha Malhotra

    Due to its simplicity to use features and a large library of easily available plugins, even a new or zero knowledge tech person like me can build the professional websites by using the WordPress. And following some new updates in Google’s ranking algorithm, site loading speed has become even more necessary for a ranking website.

    Thank you so much for sharing an excellent article about “Faster Loading WordPress Plugins”. These are the plugins which I everybody need to be used in their blogging life. Now as you explain superbly the use of plugins to us, I am going the practice those to my blog. Also, with my experience, I highly suggest you configure Cloudflare with your website. It’s free, easy to install & it offers free CDN & makes your blog fast and secure.

    One quick question; using too many plugins make the blog or website to load slowly. What do you say? Thanks in advance.

    • Shaikh Masood Alam

      I dont think its makes any problem if you use quality plugins, many times we replace 3 to 4 plugins with one big plugin but 90% times its hurts your WP installation instead of helping it.

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