As soon as I came to know that Google also uses the page speed parameter to rank pages, I tried to improve that feature of my website. I tried some online sources to check my website’s Speed rank, but it was performing poorly on both Yslow and PageSpeed scores. Since this particular website is in its developmental phase, and we are gradually learning things and applying them on our website. So, we thought that it would be great to share every little piece of knowledge which we are getting during our learning phase, regarding this particular topic, with everyone out there.
As we know that setting up website has never been that easy, as it has become now with WordPress. And the plugins provided by WP are simply amazing. So, for the above stated issue I also searched for the relevant plugin(s) which could solve my problem without me bothering much about the details, just to save the time and effort.
WP Fastest Cache worked Wonders for me
I installed some plugins initially related to the browser caching feature, but I failed to get any remarkable Speed up on the overall performance of the website. Finally, I came across the WP Fastest Cache (WPFC) Plugin. I installed the plugin into my WordPress installation and the plugin simply took into account all of the basic features like browser caching, minifying HTML and CSS scripts, enabling GZIP compression and things like that. Soon after installing the plugin, my Speed score shot-up drastically. I have captured the snapshot of my website’s speed score, which I captured using GT Metrix tool, before and after enabling the plugin.
Before Enabling the Plugin
This is the screenshot of my website’s speed score before installing and enabling that plugin. I was scoring barely 64% and 76% on PageSpeed and YSlow scores respectively. Also note that the page size is 726 Kilobytes.
After Enabling the Plugin
Now after enabling the plugin, the results got extremely better. The website was not only scoring more than 90% on both the scores. Further, due to the Gzip compression, the page size has also been drastically reduced to 488 kilobytes.
How does it work?
On the official page of this plugin, the developer claims that:
This plugin creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is rendered, php and mysql are used. Therefore, system needs RAM and CPU. If many visitors come to a site, system uses lots of RAM and CPU so page is rendered so slowly. In this case, you need a cache system not to render page again and again. Cache system generates a static html file and saves. Other users reach to static html page.
This is precisely what this plugin does. And if you are an expert website developer then you should understand what all these Caching, Creating static HTML files, rendering PHP and MySQL etc mean. But if you are a beginner like me, then just don’t worry. In simple words, this plugin makes your website faster than your IMAGINATION!! 🙂
How to Install the Plugin?
You can download the free version of the plugin from here. After downloading, you can simply install it in the WordPress installation on your website. Or, you can search the plugin from the Search option in the WordPress Plugin Menu. Once installed, you can see the icon of “WP Fastest Cache” in the left Menu bar. You can configure the plugin to enable the gzip compression, leveraging browser caching, minifying the scripts and similar settings.
The plugin is so good that it compelled me to ink out a complete blog post. It helped me a great deal and saved me quite a lot of effort. I, from my own experience, highly recommend it to all those WordPress bloggers or Website owners who are suffering from slow page speed and wish to improve there page speed rank. I am quite sure that it would be helpful for them as well.