5 Best WordPress Plugins to Make Your Blog Load Faster

It is very annoying for a viewer to wait when any web page takes hours to load. So, even if you write quality content in your site, you’re all hard work may go waste if it takes long time to load and come up on screen. You may even lose your visitor because of this. WordPress provides some really useful plugins which can help you to optimize your blog and make it load faster in no time. Here, I list you 5 most useful Plugins for faster loading of your blog.

#1 WP Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a html file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. The static html files will be served to the vast majority of your users, but because a user’s details are displayed in the comment form after they leave a comment those requests are handled by PHP. This plugin is found to be very useful for all the bloggers using them and is the largest downloaded plugins among all the plugins listed to lower down a bog’s loading time.

#2 W3 Total Cache

Trusted by many popular blogs like: mashable.com, pearsonified.com, webdesignerdepot.com, freelanceswitch.com, briansolis.com, css3.info, tutsplus.com, yoast.com, noupe.com and others — W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. It also provides up to 80% Bandwidth savings via Minify and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and RSS feeds.

#3 WP Minify

This plugin integrates the Minify engine into your WordPress blog. Once enabled, this plugin will combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time. It grabs JS/CSS files in your generated WordPress page and passes that list to the Minify engine. The Minify engine then returns a consolidated, minified, and compressed script or style for WP Minify to reference in the WordPress header. You can easily integrate Minify into your WordPress blog. The debug mode also enables you to combine files without minifying them.

#4 Free CDN

This plugins is found to be really helpful when you have static files like images, JavaScript or CSS taking a long time to load and slowing your site down. Using a CDN to transfer such kind of static content is highly recommended if you have a busy website as it reduces server load and bandwidth thus improves stability and availability. If you are paying bandwidth fee, this plugin hopefully helps with your bills. Even if you don’t, enabling it may save your site in peak times!

#5 GZIP Output

This plugin helps you to automatically compress CSS, JavaScript and HTML output of your web pages, allowing it to travel faster from your blog to a visitor’s browser. According to Best Practices On Yahoo! Developer Network: “Gzipping generally reduces the response size by about 70%. Approximately 90% of today’s Internet traffic travels through browsers that claim to support GZIP.” Installing this plugin will simply help your page to load faster in the viewer’s screen.

Try out the above plugins and let me know which one of these you find most useful to use and which one helps you to make your blog load faster.

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