The idea of lightening and improving the speed of a WP site by loading it with optimizing plugins is mildly “stupid”. They do some work, but some or all of them slow down speed and from there the benefit is not so good globally.
I present 2 sample sites that do not have any plug-ins for speed and optimization, and even the first one has only one single plugin /for Contact form/.
Here’s a picture from the admin panel of our Idea Studio web site plugins page –
Nice, huh 🙂
Okay, but how do we actually improve site speed? Here it is!
1. Proper Apache Modules
Most hosts have them and they are active – these are:
a / Apache Mod deflate / http://httpd.apache.org/docs/current/mod/mod_deflate.html / or the old Mod Gzip / http://www.schroepl.net/projekte/mod_gzip / – compresses the site and significantly reduces its volume without changing the visible part
b / Apache Mod Expires / http://httpd.apache.org/docs/current/mod/mod_expires.html / – includes caching of selected parts of the site – mostly permanent elements – logo, background, fonts, JS and the like, which remain unchanged for a long time.
2. The correct .htaccess file
In order for these modules to work and be active for the site, we need to switch them ON through the .htaccess file.
/Attention! Ask about that your hosting provider first!!/
The above sites are configured in this way and the result is pretty good. If you’ve played manually to follow the recommendations of Google Page Speed Insights Tool, you can achieve very good speed.
I wish you good luck!!