Choosing plugins that can help optimize your website without lagging it can sometimes prove difficult. With many plugins fighting against each other its mostly a trial and error to the find the best fit for any one particular website.
Here are a few of our go to inclusions:
A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files. This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
Simple but effective plugin allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without doing manual queries. WP-Optimize is an extensive WordPress database cleanup and optimization tool. It doesn’t require PhpMyAdmin to clean and optimize your database tables.
This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this Yoast SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.
Improves your Page Speed Grades for Google Insights, GT Metrix and Pingdom Tools. Reduces Loading Time.
Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.
Revision Control (not as necessary is WP-Optimize is Added)
Revision Control allows finer control over the Post Revision system included with WordPress
Revision Control is a plugin for WordPress which gives the user more control over the Revision functionality.
The plugin allows the user to set a site-global setting (Settings -> Revisions) for pages/posts to enable/disable/limit the number of revisions which are saved for the page/post. The user may change this setting on a per-page/post basis from the Revisions Meta box.
The plugin also allows the deletion of specific revisions via the Revisions post metabox.
Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.
The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed.
Recommended by web hosts like: Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost, MediaTemple, Go Daddy, Host Gator and countless more.
Trusted by countless companies like: AT&T, stevesouders.com, mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, yoast.com, kiss925.com, pearsonified.com, lockergnome.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, css-tricks.com and tens of thousands of others.
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
If you don’t want to go the route of creating and utilizing a modal box. This nifty free tool allows for a rather efficient lead generation addition to your website.
Main downfall – Can’t choose an exact page placement on website.
UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Openstack Swift, UpdraftPlus Vault and email) and restore with a single click. Backups of files and database can have separate schedules. The paid version also backs up to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Copy.Com, Google Cloud Storage, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV.
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