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Website speed optimization is always something that should be high priority in 2020. As you might know, there are many ways to speed up WordPress sites. In this post, I’ll cover the best WordPress plugins to improve the speed of your WordPress website.

1. WP Rocket

"Recognized as the most powerful caching plugin by WordPress experts."

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WP Rocket

Key features

  • Page Caching
  • Cache Preloading
  • Sitemap Preloading
  • Database Optimization

What people say

I like it because it helps speed up my websites and rank better on Google. With just a few clicks, the plugin optimizes the website.
Kevin Rodrigues, Blogger at GardeningMentor
Page caching creates an ultra-fast load time, essential for improving Search Engine Optimization and increasing conversions. When you turn on WP Rocket, page caching is immediately activated.
Angelo Frisina, Founder of Sunlight Media

2. Autoptimize

"Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy."

Autoptimize

Key features

  • Aggregate, minify and cache scripts and styles
  • Injects CSS in the page head by default
  • Optimize and lazy-load images
  • Optimize Google Fonts

What people say

It minifies code, lazy-loads images, optimizes fonts and a lot more. Google is increasingly relying on a site's speed and user experience for ranking. This is measured on web.dev. Autoptimize alone typically adds 8-10 points to a web.dev "Performance" score, which we've correlated with overnight increases in traffic.
Adam Smartschan, VP, Altitude Marketing

3. Smush

"Compress, optimize and lazy load images."

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Smush

Key features

  • Lossless Compression – Strip unused data without affecting image quality
  • Lazy Load – Defer offscreen images with the flip of a switch
  • Bulk Smush – Optimize up to 50 images with one click

What people say

Smush is a free wordpress plugin that compresses your images, reducing their size. This boosts the load speed of your pages, which improves customer experience. Faster load speed also means better SEO ranking, as Google has started to factor in page performance.
Calvin West
I love Smush because it automatically compresses the size of images to optimize site speed. Smush makes it easier to add images to posts without having to worry about file size or site speed.
LaWann Moses

Smush is also recommended by Winston Nguyen, CEO of VR Heaven.

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4. ShortPixel

"A freemium easy to use, comprehensive, stable and frequently updated image compression plugin."

ShortPixel

Key features

  • Compress JPG, PNG, GIF (still or animated) images and also PDF documents
  • No file size limit
  • Option to freely convert any JPEG, PNG or GIF (even animated ones!) to WebP for more Google love

What people say

ShortPixel is an image optimization tool that compresses images for the web, shaving off vital seconds on page-load times but also saving WordPress users the hassle of having to try to resize and compress their own images before uploading to their site. The free version is plenty for the average user but again, it's worth paying for premium if you're doing client work.
Dan Gissane, Website Consultant and Founder of Huxo Creative
This is a plugin that shrinks the file size of images on your website without losing quality. While the quality of the “shrinking” is really good the standout for me is ease of use.
David Katic, Founder, DigitalGrowthGenius.com

5. Asset CleanUp

"Don’t just minify & combine CSS/JavaScript files ending up with large, bloated and slow loading pages: Strip the “fat” first and get a faster website."

Asset CleanUp

Key features

  • Decreases the number of HTTP requests loaded and eliminate render-blocking resources
  • Preload CSS/JS, Local Fonts & Google Fonts files
  • Minify CSS files
  • Minify JavaScript files

What people say

This plugin helps to substantially optimize page speed - something that is often neglected. Asset CleanUp helps to unload unused JS/CSS files on specific pages or page templates. By unloading those, you can increase the homepage speed 2-3 times which is huge.
Kristina Azarenko, Digital Marketing Consultant at MarketingSyrup


6. NitroPack

"NitroPack is a new type of performance optimization plugin."

NitroPack

Key features

  • Cache invalidation – cache files in NitroPack can be invalidated instead of purged.
  • Critical CSS tailored to each of your unique layouts.
  • Optimize resources linked statically into your theme files.

What people say

This is, hands down, the best plugin I've ever used for improving site speed. I went from a dismal average of 43 on mobile to 95 on most pages instantly. That range varies, of course, but many of my page speeds for desktop are at 100!
Kristy Bernardo, Blogger at The Wicked Noodle


7. Resize Image After Upload

"A free, fast, easy to use, stable and frequently updated plugin to resize your images after upload."

Resize Image After Upload

Key features

  • Automatically resizes images (JPEG, GIF, and PNG) when they are uploaded to within a given maximum width and/or height
  • The plugin can force re-compression of uploaded JPEG images and convert PNGs to JPEG

What people say

This plugin automatically decreases image size drastically. It also converts png images to jpeg unless if png image has a transparency layer. It compresses all the images automatically during upload. You don't have to take care of anything. Just imagine having a 5mb image, what it does to your site's speed is just beyond speaking.
Dipesh Purohit, Blogger

8. Optimole

"Optimole is the all-in-one solution to all of your image optimization needs."

Optimole

Key features

  • Smaller images. Same quality
  • Fully automated; set and forget
  • Supports all image types
  • Supports both Retina and WebP images

What people say

It's an image optimization plugin that feels like it was designed by Apple. The image compression and lazy loading features are great, but it's really the on-the-fly image resizing that makes it amazing.

Ben Sibley, Founder at Compete Themes

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