Perfmatters is the best and lightweight but powerful WordPress speed optimization plugin that helps you to cut the website bloat.
The plugin cuts the fat of website you might wondering What I mean by saying cuts the fat? There are often time pull written plugins and themes that add extra Bloat to your web pages.
When it comes to removing unnecessary files from WordPress the plugin Perfmatters comes first. Perfmatters is created by Brian Jackson and Brett Jackson two brothers and both are very Talented in this industry.
Features Of Perfmatters Plugin
Perfmatters Script Manager Cut the Bloat
Perfmatters does a great job while cutting the bloat that is loading on your web pages. In perfmatters script manager allows you to selectively disable additional resources. This is created for you wether you like to optimize your website theme or plugins or not.
If you know what you are doing than play with all these features otherwise disabling all features can break your website design/structure.
The contact form plugin by default loads on each page you can disable it by simply clicking on disable everywhere. After disabling the contact form plugin the extra files will not be loaded when a user visits your website. That is the feature I Liked in perfmatters because I use more than 50 plugins on my website and I don’t like them to load on each and every page like Yoast SEO creates multiple files on each page.
However you can disable some more files that are created By WordPress itself.
Perfmatters MU Mode
MU Mode of gives an extra boost to your website so it can be loaded in milliseconds. It gives you more control over disabling scripts JS and inline CSS, inline code, and MySQL queries.
I prefer using test mode to safely preview Script Manager’s so you can see changes before applying them on realtime.
Lazy Loading in Perfmatters
Lazy loading is one of the most important parts when you are optimizing your website. That’s how help you to lazy load your images and Videos.
In this picture, you can see I’ve enabled Lazy Loading for my Embedded videos. I am not using this feature in because WP-Rocket is already lazy loading my images so, I don’t need to turn this on bcz it will override and may cause conflict.
What Actually lazy Loading is ?
Lazy loading simply means when a user clicks on your website. They will see text only on your web pages. But, when the user starts scrolling the images will be lazy-loaded after they scroll so it can be the best UX practice.
Optimizng your web pages font for better user experience.
Google fonts may increase page load time. You can host your web page’s fonts by turning on Local Google Fonts so, they can easily be loaded fast.
You can permanently remove Google fonts to be loaded on your web pages.
Disable specific elements of WooCommerce.
You can easily disable scripts and styles except on product, cart and checkout pages.
You don’t need to configure CDN if you are using Cloudflare. CDN options that allow you to rewrite your site URLs with your CDN URLs. .
You can still take advantage of it for external resources though, such as //fonts.googleapis.com/ for prefetch.
Google Analytics in Perfmatters
Ironically, the Google Analytics script can be quite heavy. You can host your google analytics locally with .
Perfmatters Instant Page
I personally tested this feature in this plugin and It is really fast and It can be the best user experience for your website too.
So how Instant page Work in Perfmatters?
Instant page means when a user hover on a Link it will automatically prefetch URLs in the background. This results in almost instantaneous load times
This feature allows you to delete your expired Database such as:
- Post Revisions
- Trashed Posts
- Spam Comments
- Trashed Comments
- Expired Transients
- All Transients
After selecting all these options you will see a button “Optimize Now” just hit this button and see magic. It will delete all expired database which can save you some storage usage.
But you can also exclude some of them if they are important. Where you’ve needed.
My website speed results before and after using Perfmatters
I started using WP-Rocket with back in 2019 and I never liked page builders because of bloat. Page builders also destroyed the whole industry.
Please stop using page builders if you want performance instead of silly design. Visitors like simplicity they are not coming to see your sliders and navigations !!!!!!!!!
They add extra and unused CSS JSS to your front end which is the big headache for me. I use this plugin on my website and you can see the results.
After completely configuring the perfmatters speed optimization plugin.
Building WordPress plugins take more time and Hardwork that’s why the Developer of this plugin Brian Jackson tried to keep the price as cheap as possible.
- $24.95 for 1 site license. Includes 1 year of support and updates.
- $54.95 for 3 site licenses. Includes 1 year of support and updates.
- $124.95 for an unlimited site license. Includes 1 year of support and updates. The unlimited license also supports multisite setups
I personally liked this plugin and recommend to others. If you are looking for a lightweight plugin that can help you to pass core web vitals then could be the best option for your website.
I always prefer using a cache plugin along with . But, if your host has server-level cache then you don’t need a cache plugin.
I prefer Cache Enabler free plugin for website is hosted on a Slow shared server.