I have been using the WP-Optimize plugin on my WordPress sites for many years. The functionality of this plugin is to allow to slightly optimize the database of a site running WordPress, by performing various actions such as optimizing database tables, deleting article revisions, automatic cleaning of the basket, unwanted elements, etc. But that was before! For some time, WP-Optimize has been added many features by its developers, to make a real plugin that can boost the performance of a website. Through this post, I will show you these new features.
New features for WP-Optimize
The “new” features have actually come in several times over the last few months. This is, in fact, a process of continuous improvement of the plugin, which had totally escaped me. It was a long time since I had not gone to WP-Optimize settings and I did not take the time to read the changelogs during the updates.
Lazy Load
In August 2018, a year ago still, the WP-Optimize developers added a lazy load feature to their extension. This is a feature, translated into French by lazy loading, which aims to load the images of a site only when it is necessary. This allows you to save pages faster because you do not load everything from the start. It is, therefore, an interesting feature. However, this new feature is reserved for users who have opted for the paid version of WP-Optimize (Premium version).
Gzip Compression
In October 2018, the Gzip compression feature was added to the WP-Optimize plugin. This feature aims to compress the files from the webserver, before sending them to the client, so that these files are smaller. GZip compression is a well-known technique for webmasters who want to improve the speed of their site. Its addition in WP-Optimize is a real plus for this plugin. Especially since it is a free feature (not reserved for users of the premium version of the plugin).
Management of unused images
The new feature appeared in January 2019 for WP-Optimize: the management of unused images. The plugin is, in fact, able to detect images that are stored on the site but are not used. Removing them will reduce the amount of storage used by the site, as well as the size of the backups of the site. This feature, while convenient, is not something that I think is important. The developers wanted to reserve this feature to the owners of the premium version of their plugin.
Image compression
WP-Optimize experienced a new functional evolution in April 2019, with the arrival of image compression. Several options are then made available, such as lossless or lossy compression, preservation or not EXIF data, and the ability to process existing images, new images, or all images. This function is very interesting since the images are often the biggest part of the weight of the web pages.
Adding a cache feature
Most recently, on July 2019, another important function appeared in WP-Optimize: the caching function of web pages. Again, this is an important feature, well known to webmasters. Added to this is a browser cache management to ensure that caching is used everywhere and that everything is done to optimize the performance of customers who come to navigate the site.
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