As an SEO, one of the most challenging things in the field as of late has to do with page speed and performance. Knowing that Google is paying more and more attention to performance aspects of a website like site speed, image optimization and file minification for SEO, it’s important for me to comment on the WordPress plugins available for improving these areas.

In the article on Template Monster, I highlight my top 3 plugins for improving speed on WordPress sites:

  • Breeze

    Breeze is a caching plugin from the hosting provider Cloudways that allows web applications to increase speed through caching, HTML / CSS / Javascript minification and more. Through this plugin, I’ve been able to optimize sites to score much higher on PageSpeed Insights and GTMetrix (if you’re not familiar with these tools, I highly recommend research them and running your site through them).

  • Autoptimize

    In the off-chance that Breeze isn’t compatible with a particular website theme, my next go-to optimization plugin is Autoptimize. Similar to Breeze, this handy plugin allows webmasters and SEOs to use file minification, browser caching, image optimizations and lazy loading of images.

  • Smush

    Finally, for additional image optimizations, I turn to Smush. This plugin goes beyond what most optimization plugins do to compress images and even allows users to compress entire image directories within the WordPress library. While it is a paid plugin, it’s definitely worth it.

Check out the post and feel free to shoot me an email at jeff@octivdigital.com if you have any questions. If your website doesn’t score well on PageSpeed Insights or GTMetrix, let’s chat!