Here are the best free plugins for increasing your wordpress site speed.

  1. Humming bird– Hummingbird zips through your site and finds new ways to boost page speed with fine-tuned controls over file compressionminification and full-page, browser and Gravatar caching. Load your pages quicker and score higher on Google PageSpeed Insights with Hummingbird site optimization.Features- 
    • Performance Reports – Pro tips for running your site at super speed
    • Asset Optimization – Position, minify and combine files for top performance
    • Caching Suite – Load pages faster with full-page, Gravatar and browser cache tools
    • GZIP Compression – Blazing fast HTML, JavaScript, and stylesheet transfer
  2. LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress (LSCWP) is an all-in-one site acceleration plugin, featuring an exclusive server-level cache and a collection of optimization features.

    LSCWP supports WordPress Multisite and is compatible with most popular plugins, including WooCommerce, bbPress, and Yoast SEO.

    Features-

    • Object Cache (Memcached/LSMCD/Redis)
    • Image Optimization (Lossless/Lossy)
    • Minify CSS, JavaScript, and HTML
    • Minify inline CSS/JS
    • Combine CSS/JS
    • Automatically generate Critical CSS
    • Lazyload images/iframes
    • Multiple CDN support
    • Load CSS/JS Asynchronously
    • Browser Cache
    • Smart preload crawler with support for SEO-friendly sitemap
    • Database Cleaner and Optimizer
    • PageSpeed score optimization
    • OPcode Cache
    • HTTP/2 Push for CSS/JS (on web servers that support it)
    • DNS Prefetch
    • Cloudflare API
    • Single Site and Multi Site (Network) support
    • Import/Export settings
    • Basic/Advanced setting view
    • Attractive, easy-to-understand interface
    • WebP image format support
    • Heartbeat control
  3. Autooptimize– Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy. It can aggregate, minify and cache scripts and styles, injects CSS in the page head by default (but can also defer), moves and defers scripts to the footer and minifies HTML. The “Extra” options allow you to optimize Google Fonts and images, async non-aggregated JavaScript, remove WordPress core emoji cruft and more. As such it can improve your site’s performance even when already on HTTP/2! There is extensive API available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each and every site’s specific needs.
  4. Speed Booster Pack is a lightweight, frequently updated, easy to use and well supported plugin which allows you to improve your website’s loading speed.Features-
    • Eliminate external render-blocking javascript and css in above-the-fold content.
    • Move scripts to the footer to improve page loading speed.
    • Load CSS asynchronously to render your page more quickly and get a higher score on the major speed testing services.
    • Minify and inline all CSS styles and move them to the footer to eliminate external render-blocking CSS and optimize CSS delivery.
    • ** Minify HTML and JavaScript to increase your page load speed.
    • Change image compression level to keep file sizes smaller; Change JPG quality.
    • Load javascript files from Google Libraries rather than serving them from your WordPress install directly, to reduce latency, increase parallelism and improve browser caching.
    • Defer parsing of javascript files to reduce the initial load time of your page.
    • Remove query strings from static resources to improve your speed scores.
    • Remove extra Font Awesome stylesheets added to your theme by certain plugins, if Font Awesome is already used in your theme.
    • Remove junk header tags to clean up your WordPress Header.
    • Display page loading time in the plugin options page.
    • Display the number of executed SQL queries in the plugin options page.
    • Display the Peak Memory Used in the plugin options page.
    • Exclude scripts from being moved to the footer or defered.
    • Remove RSD Link if you are not using a Weblog Client or some 3rd party sites/programs that use the XML-RPC request formats.
    • Remove WordPress Shortlink
    • Remove the WordPress Version this option is added for security reasons and cleaning the header.
    • Remove all rss feed links to cleanup your WordPress header.
  5. Asset CleanUp: Page Speed Booster There are often times when you are using a theme and a number of plugins which are enabled and run on the same page. However, you don’t need to use all of them and to improve the speed of your website and make the HTML source code cleaner (convenient for debugging purposes), it’s better to prevent those styles and scripts from loading.

    For instance, you might use a plugin that generates contact forms and it loads its assets (.CSS and .JS files) in every page of your website instead of doing it only in the /contact page (if that’s the only place where you need it).

    “Asset CleanUp” scans your page and detects all the assets that are loaded. All you have to do when editing a page/post is just to select the ones you DO NOT wish to load.Features-

    • Decreases number of HTTP requests loaded (important for faster page load)
    • Reduces the HTML code of the actual page (that’s even better if GZIP compression is enabled)
    • Makes source code easier to scan in case you’re a developer and want to search for something
    • Remove possible conflicts between plugins/theme (e.g. 2 JavaScript files that are loading from different plugins and they interfere one with another)
    • Better performance score if you test your URL on websites such as GTmetrix, PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom Website Speed Test
    • Google will love your website more as it would be faster and fast page load is nowadays a factor in search ranking
    • Your server access log files (e.g the Apache ones) will be easier to scan and would take less space on your server
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