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Can Perfmatters Make Your Website Faster? [Plugin Review]

Written by dk2lx1z on July 20, 2020

Are you running a WordPress website without any speed optimization plugin? If yes, then it may prove to be growth hacking for your site with regards to both long terms as well as short term motive.

“WordPress website without speed is like a lion without legs who can’t reach anywhere.”- Anonymous

Google rewards websites with ideal speed apart from high-quality content. Fixing a slow site is not far away if you know the right plugins and their application. One such highly recommended plugin is Perfmatters, which we are discussing in the post given below.

So, let’s get started by knowing the plugin and then head to its other aspects.

Can Perfmatters Make Your Website Faster? [Plugin Review]

What is WP Perfmatters?

In simple words, Perfmatters make it easier for WordPress users to improve their overall website performance. Brett and his brother Brian Jackson develop the plugin.

Perfmatters generally focus on reducing the size of web pages and make them highly responsive in terms of speed. It disables and removes most of the WordPress features that are not 100% essential for a particular user. The Perfmatters is also said to be a one-stop solution for up-gradation and management of WordPress.

Key Features & Benefits - WP Perfmatters Review

Perfmatters is a lightweight plugin and comes with the following features and advantages.

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  • Run Google Analytics

Use the feature with caution as it can’t be used with any other Google Analytics plugin. However, it is used in the beta version and offers several performance advantages for the website.

  • Disable emojis

As you know, that script is loaded on every WordPress page, and the WP Perfmatters disable the emojis.

  • Remove Query Strings

It also helps to remove query strings as they can hinder the ability of CDN to cache different scripts and styles. Removing them will enhance the website’s speed drastically.

  • Disable embeds

If you also don’t care about those awesome previews of YouTube and other videos, disable them frequently and improve the performance.

  • Remove jQuery Migrate

Mostly, the sites don't need jquery scripts, and thus it would be fine to disable them. Even many plugins and themes don't need them. So, removing these scripts also helps to eliminate the loading of unnecessary files on the site.

  • Disable XML-RPC

XML-PRC is only required when you use any apps to access your WordPress site. It would be better to disable them in case of no need as they only consume your website's space.

  • Removal of unnecessary <head> stuff

A lot of stuff is added to <head> on the WordPress, which gets removed by WP Perfmatters. It eliminates the things as follows.

  • Windows Live Writer (wlw manifest link)
  • WordPress version number
  • Shortlink
  • RSD link
  • REST API links
  • RSS Feed Disable

If you don’t want separate strings for RSS Feed readers, you can disable them by WP Perfmatters.

  • Password Strength Meter Disable

The Password Strength Meter string will be disabled that almost slow down the loading across the web pages.

  • Disable/Limit Heartbeat API

You can disable or limit Heartbeat API that sends unnecessary server requests frequently.

  • Limit/Disable Post Revisions

The post revisions are known to clutter the database, which further slows down the website. You can disable them entirely or just limit their operations.

  • Disable Google Maps API

Some plugins/themes load Google Maps API even when they are not required. So, it’s better to stop Google Map scripts when you are not using any Google Map related thing on your website.

  • Change Autosave Interval

WordPress autosaves every post after 60 seconds by default. These autosave settings can be changed by default. So, you can lengthen the interval for enhancing the overall website's speed.

How To Use The WP Perfmatters Plugin?

Given below are some usage processes of Perfmatters Settings and plugin configuration, which you need to consider for application.

  • Perfmatters Script Manager

The Script Manager of Perfmatters is handy for various functions. It can decrease those HTTP requests and helps disable many plugins that are not even required on the whole website except specific pages. Let’s discover how to access this Perfmatters Script Manager feature.

Go to Settings> Perfmatters> Extras to enable Script Manager and hit the Save Changes button.

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You can also access the Script Manager right on the WordPress toolbar.

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After enabling the script manager, all the scripts and styles of the specific page are shown as a list. So, you have three choices as follows.

  • Script disabling on the entire site
  • Enable the script
  • Script disabling only for the current page

Script Manager Global Settings

Get to know the Global Settings tab of Script Manager. It generally shows you the previous activity of enabling or disabling various styles or scripts from the pages and breaks them down as follows.

  • Current (for current page only)
  • Everywhere (for the entire site)
  • Post_types (for specific posts only)
  • Perfmatters for WordPress Multisite

Perfmatters also supports multisite setups so that you can push the system on the client's site.

  • Install Perfmatters and activate it on the Network setup.
  • You should have an unlimited site license for access.
  • The plugin will be activated in the License tab by the network super admin.
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Network Setup - WP Perfmatters Review

Network access is available in two different types as follows.

  • Super Admins Only
  • Site Admin (By Default)

Default Settings Application

Multisite works by pushing the configured settings from the default network to other subsites. Thus, you can choose your subsite from the drop-down menu and hit the Apply Default Settings button.

Other Tips To Improve Your WordPress Performance

Along with plugins activation, you must know other recognized tips as given below.

  • Install a high-quality WP caching plugin

Caching is a part of the best performance. Thus, you must consider installing the cache plugin separately from the performance plugin. Primarily when the performance plugin only works on removing or disabling specific additional options, having is separate cache plugin would be useful. It helps you effectively increasing the WordPress website's speed.

  • Importantly optimize images

Image compression and optimization are equally crucial as caching. You can't ignore placing the images on-site for engagement, but what you can do is compress them with a high-tech image compression tool. Loads on images on a website could be very harmful, so take steps to reduce that load.

  • Keep your site updated.

WordPress is an open-source CMS platform with the availability of regular updates. So, it's better to upgrade your site from time to time for enhanced performance. At the same time, you should also update various plugins and themes applied to the CMS. Without upgradation, your site will be unreliable, slow, and vulnerable for security threats.

  • Always optimize background processes.

The background tasks running in your site can seriously slow down the website. Thus, it’s essential to optimize different background tasks such as backup plugin tasks, cron jobs for scheduled posts, cron jobs for updates, and crawlers and search engines trying to fetch content. On the other, you must ensure the correct performance of the backup plugin. They should run in times of low traffic on your website.

  • Use Excerpts on Archives and Homepage

The WordPress displays all the content such as categories, homepage, tags, and other archives in a single page. Sometimes every article is even displayed in full over a single page, which could slow down the website to a great extent.

Go to Settings > Reading > Summary (For each article in a feed, show)

Conclusion

Having read the WP Perfmatters review, we’d like to state our final words with some tips. Invest some time on improving the website's overall performance rather than just unnecessarily installing plugins that are not even required. Every plugin has its importance and can be applied according to the requirements of a specific WordPress website.

Keep up your website with ideal performance!

Article written by dk2lx1z

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