When running a WordPress site there are tons of things that are just out of your control. A number of such things can have a huge impact on site loading time. Scripts and strings, embeds and others take a lot of time to load and each tend to add their share to WordPress loading times.
With these plugins and more you will be able to score a good grade on GTMetrix and help you load the site quickly and on time.
Created by Brian and Brett, Perfmatter is a WordPress performance optimization plugin.
What does Perfmatters do?
Perfmatters helps you reduce page size. It reduces the number of HTTP requests a page generates. This is possible by disabling and removing features in a WordPress site that are not always necessary.
How to optimize a website with Perfmatters
It’s really easy. Install and activate the plugin. Once done you get Perfmatters under main WordPress settings menu.
The options are under the options tab within the plugin.
You can disable a number of options starting from emojis, to jqery strings, to XML rpc, to migrate and more.
You can also disable some useful services like RSD, rss feed, RSS feed links, remove WordPress version, self pingbacks and lower down heartbeat frequency as well.
However, note that removing essential scripts will also hurt website performance.
However, Perfmatters lists basic performance buttons that you can disable without significant loss in performance.
You need the premium subscription to make use of that. You can access the dashboard right from the settings button. The functions listed here are not necessary and can be disabled. The WordPress installation has a number of files some of which bloat the database size.
One feature that I like that it helps with is the image lazy loading which is one of the first factors that helps image optimization.
Again DOM monitoring helps load dynamic content on WordPress sites. Enabling DOM monitoring enables lazy load and it loads for optin forms and contact forms.
If you are also using Woocomerce, disable some elements of Woocommerce with this plugin.
You can also enable CDN rewrite if you have a custom CDN url.
Cloudflare users don’t have the rewrite feature.
Perfmatters has a great deal of plugin compatibility with WP rocket. Which is a cache plugin.
Is perfmatters effective?
Yes perfmatters can do a number of things for you.
Activating perfmatters even without any other WordPress plugins can lead to a significant improve in page load times and performance.
The page size drops as do the total number of requests. Your overall mobile score will also increase.
Together with this if you use Wp rocket and autooptimize the website performance will improve to the same degree as with a content delivery network.
Performance tests routinely show that Perfmatters is golden when it comes to improving site performance. The plugin however is supposed to be used along caching plugins and complement their own performance. The website might be optimized by Perfmatters will reduce page size further and total requests.
How Much Does Perfmatters Cost?
Perfmatters has 3 pricing plans with 30 day money-back guarantee. The cheaper plans are as good as the costlier plans. The licence costs $19.95 for a single site and $49.9 for unlimited sites.