Top 5 WordPress Plugins to Speed Up Loading Time

By Zac Johnson | WordPress Plugins

Dec 03

As a blog owner, one of your many tasks is to increase the traffic and get a great good ranking in the search engine results. Increasing the loading time and speed of your website will allow your visitors to view more pages in a short period of time. You only have a second or two to convince a visitor to stay on your site, and if it’s taking too long to load… you’ve already lost them!

Here are some of the top WordPress plugins being used to increase loading time and speed issues on sites.

  • Speed TestW3 Total Cache. This is one of the best WP plugins when it comes to increasing website loading speed and reducing loading time. It will cache every portion of your site and therefore increasing the loading page of your site. It will increase the download speed through fast delivery.
  • Lazy Load Plugin. This WP plugin configures your site to load the images only in the portion visible to your visitors or user. Hence it will increase the loading speed in visible areas and will load the image slowly in the invisible part. Because images are the main portions of the page that pulls the loading speed, the Lazy Load plugin can be used to enhance the loading speed of your website.
  • Plugin Organizer. This plugin will allow you to organize other plugins that are installed on your site. You create a list of order in which the plugins are loaded and arrange them in a way that the primary plugins will be loaded first and the rest will be loaded in progression. Also, you can disable a plugin from the loading list therefore increasing site speed and reducing loading time.
  • WP Minify. As the name suggests, it minimizes the size of files. This plugin is playing an important role in reducing the loading time of your web pages by combining the CSS and JS files. The combined files are compressed, improving the loading speed of the site. WP Minify combines your blog with the Minify engine and reduces the files.
  • WP Smush.it. Using this plugin you can integrate WordPress with Smush.it, improving the loading speed of your site. The images that are uploaded into the media library runs automatically from Smush.it and will get compressed. Image compression reduces the size of the page and therefore reducing the load time of the page. If you want to compress an image that has already been uploaded using Smush.it, you can simply do that on WP media library and click Smush.it.

The more plugins that you use, the more time it will take to load the page. But these plugins are designed to increase significantly the loading speed of your website. To install any of these plugins on your blog, simply search for their name from within the “PLUGINS” area when you are logged into WordPress on your blog.

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Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

Varun December 3, 2013

Increase Load Time! :O
Change the Title to Decrease Load Time.
and I hope it’s a typo mistake.

    Zac Johnson December 3, 2013

    haha, good catch. too much writing today! :)

Tharun December 3, 2013

Hello Jhonson,
That was awesome post o increase loading time. I think title should be change to reduce blog time. Any how the listed plugins are awesome for me. I use w3 total cache plugin. This plugin really changed my blog time. That gave a smile on my face.

James N December 3, 2013

@James H – Minify and Smush.it work great. They do not distort the images and it will definitely speed up your website if you have a lot of images.

I suggest running a speedtest at GTMetrix before installing these plugins, then run it again after each plugin is installed and optimized.

Ashley December 3, 2013

Hi Zac
Great suggestions with the tools.
I use quite a few of these plugins to great effect.
I could always use a few more I suppose and should check the rest out
thanks
ashley

Zac Johnson December 3, 2013

Good point. Probably depends on the service. I used MaxCDN with all of my sites. Costs money, but is quality service.

Kyle Cullen December 3, 2013

I’ve only heard of one of these and love the sound of the other 4 so thank you very much. I’ll be installing lazy load first thing in the morning.

metz December 4, 2013

No ones have wanted to wait for too long, no one wants a sluggish loading page. And bloggers do not want their visitors to leave and vanished because of it. So this post of yours is really useful.

For me, Plugin Organizer and W3 Total Cache are the two tools that I want to put forward.

Nice share!

Found this post shared on Kingged.com, the IM social bookmarking site.

Edson Hale December 4, 2013

All are really cool plugins to speed up loading time. There are several other techniques to reduce the loading time.
1) Upload image in Ping format the lightest weight format
2) AT Dashboard, under Setting/Discussion if we check no image instead of mystery man for commentators wtihout Gravatar ID, it also reduces the loading time
3) Resize the image manually before uploading it and doing so with a widget also works a lot to speed up loading time

Tony Nguyen December 5, 2013

Hi Zac Johnson,
The article is informative and useful. I do follow your articles recently. Love the way you write your posts. After reading this article, I think I have some ideas for my blog. Thanks for sharing this post. Hope to read more interesting information from you. Great job!

Himanshu December 6, 2013

Hello Zac,
You just hit again the Bull’s eye. I was looking for this list from last 2 days… Finally found on your blog. I will try some of these plugin to improve my blog speed. Thanks for sharing these plugins with us.

Satish Kumar Ithamsetty December 9, 2013

Yes these 5 plugins working great. recently i did my blog setup with these plugins. “W3 total cache + Lazy Load Plugin + Smush.it” are freat combination. personally i am suggest to all WordPress Bloggers. these combination working great. My blog reached 90+ page speed with this combination. Thank you this article.

Nikhil December 9, 2013

Great Plugin Zac.

I am currently using W3 total cache and WP minify its great but both takes to much time on my servers to load there for I switch to WP super cache. I will definitely try the other plugin for my site.

Cary Enoch Reinstein December 9, 2013

We have curiously different philosophies. You want to increase loading time whereas I used W3 Total Cache to decrease the loading time of my site.

Sincerely,
Dictionary Dude

Deepak Singh December 10, 2013

Thanks a lot ZAC for sharing this post.
ATM I am using W3TC and EWWW Image Optimizer in my blog for optimising website speed. But now I am going to try WP Minify also. Hope It will increase my blog speed.

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