After attending a presentation on “TurboPress – The High Performance Guide to WordPress” by Jeff Waugh at WordCamp Sydney 2012, I came away with lots of great advice on building a better environment for WordPress. I highly recommend watching the video when it’s published (I’ll update this when it is), it was brilliant.

I often get asked how to make a WordPress site faster. I’d love to say that it requires many hours of performance tuning voodoo and black magic, but the truth is for the average WordPress site it usually comes down to a few simple factors:

  1. Hosting
  2. Not using a caching plugin (such as WP Super Cache)
  3. Excessive uncompressed images/video or doing something wacky

But what about if you have a more complex site, or you’ve addressed these issues and you want to squeeze more out of your site and make it even snappier. I thought I’d take a look around and see what performance plugins exist and give you a quick overview of what they do. If you have any other WordPress performance plugins you recommend, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

7 WordPress Performance Plugins

WP Super Cache

A caching plugin┬ásaves your pages as static HTML files, which loads much faster than queries to the database. There are a few caching plugins, but this is the most often recommended. Click to continue…