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Essential WP Plug-ins When You've Got a Need for Speed
Wordpress, as you'll know, is open-source, and is only as fast as you make it.
Below, we're going to list some of our favourite WP plugins related to page speed, but just note that some plugs are not compatible with certain themes/hosts.
Smush*: An image optimization plugin that will compress images upon upload to help improve file size. Generally best used with outside optimizations (like Lightroom), but will get additional compression to help your site load quickly. The free version is good for files less than 5 MB in size and the paid version increases the limit to 32 MB and allows for optimization of your entire database to help fix some past mistakes.
Autoptimize: A second plugin that helps compress and minimize CSS/js files. Some of these settings are available in WP Rocket Pro but could be a good free alternative for some of the options. Note that Autoptimize may not work well with some themes.
Akismet Anti-Spam: An anti-spam tool for comments. No use having your site bogged down in spammy comments.
You may also be familiar with the built-in plugin, Jetpack. Personally, we feel it can be a little slow, and so you're best looking at what aspects have been useful for you from Jetpack, and then finding faster alternatives.
Google's John Mueller tried to push a quality-over-quantity viewpoint for those seeking backlinks. While we always agree that quality matters more, we'd be shocked if Google doesn't also work on quantity in the algorithm.
To coincide with this week's featured topic about WordPress plugins, we've reached out to our friends at Yoast to offer a giveaway for one (1) year of the WordPress SEO plugin Yoast Premium (an $89 USD value)!
If you've been with us for a while you know the contest drill by now, but for those who are new entering is simple. Head over to our contest page here or at the link below, submit your email to be considered to win, and that's it!
After entering, you'll receive a custom entry link to refer blogging friends and will receive additional chances to win for each friend you refer.
This contest will be open until next Monday, March 1st, and we'll draw a winner at random based on all eligible entries.
This prize was provided courtesy of our friends at Yoast. We even have a great interview with Edwin Toonen of Yoast on our site you should check out as well!
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