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Top 7 popular plugins for WordPress Speed optimization(Pagespeed and Core Web Vitals)

Last updated on October 18, 2021 | By

A compiled list with free and paid plugins for WordPress speed/Pagespeed and Core Web Vitals optimization.


Nitropack is currently the preferred solution to improve WordPress Pagespeed websites. According to Nitropack, it now powers more than 91.000 websites.

Nitropack has optimization levels that help non-developers to speed their website and have improved Pagespeed score instantly, across all pages. One of the downsides of that may be the downgrade resulted in delaying essential files, resulting in Core Web Vitals issue. Hiring an expert in Nitropack can be a good choice when a Core Web Vitals optimization is needed.

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Delay JS until user-interaction✔️
Critical CSS✔️
Cloudflare integration✔️
Lazyload + Image Optimization + WebP✔️
HTML/CSS/JS minification & compression✔️
DNS prefetching, preloading✔️
Remove unused CSS ✔️ (Reduce Unused CSS)

Check our full and complete Nitropack 2021 tutorial/review post.

Wp Rocket

Leader in the cache performance, it has lots of new features released to help improving Core Web Vitals, including remove unused CSS and delaying all Javascript but not essential ones by default new features.

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FunctionalityWp Rocket
Delay JS until user-interaction✔️
CDN(Rocket CDN $8/month)
Critical CSS✔️
Cloudflare integration✔️
Database Optimization✔️
Lazyload + Image Optimization + WebP(Imagify $10/mo)
HTML/CSS/JS minification & compression✔️
DNS prefetching, preloading✔️
Remove unused CSS✔️(beta)

Check our full and complete Wp Rocket 2021 tutorial/review post.

Jetpack Boost

Jetpack can be a complement to websites that use the hosting proprietary speed optimization plugins or compatible performance plugins with no overlapping features.

It’s currently the only plugin offering a free critical css feature. It also offers lazyload and defer non-essential Javascript(both features might overlap with other plugin features).

Wp Optimize

Wp Optimize is a plugin alternative to free cache plugins, and also a strong competitor for paid WordPress performance and cache plugins.

On the free version, Wp Optimize offers unique features that directly improve the Pagespeed such as loading css asynchronously and better Google fonts/Font Awesome loading, alongside so popular as CSS/JS minification, combination and others.

It also offers Mobile-specific cache, Database Optimization, Image Optimization which are features most seen on paid cache/performance plugins, on the free version.

The remaining features of Wp optimize premium are as follow:

  • Multisite support
  • Advanced optimization options
  • Optimize individual tables
  • Scheduling
  • Enhanced logging and reporting
  • Multilingual and multi-currency compatible caching
  • Geolocation and tax country for WooCommerce stores
  • Compatible with tracking queries (utm_*)
  • Automatically purge Cloudflare cache
  • Power Tweaks
  • Premium support

Check our full and complete WP Optimize 2021 review post.

Wp Meteor

Wp Meteor can be used as a complement to a majority of performance and cache plugins, including Wp Rocket(It has 100% compatibility with Wp Rocket). It’s free and developed using recent plugin exclusions which might offer great compatibility with any major plugin or theme.

Check our full and complete WP Meteor 2021 review post.


Jetpack has the best free CDN on the WordPress field. No access or size limits in the FREE plan. Host your WordPress images on a CDN for free installing and enabling Jetpack’s feature.


A free plugin offering a range of optimization features including basic and advanced features:

  • Minify Javascript and CSS.
  • Compress and combine Javascript and CSS.
  • Cache.
  • Preload and preconnect.
HTML/CSS/JS minification & compression✔️
DNS prefetching, preloading✔️

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1 thought on “Top 7 popular plugins for WordPress Speed optimization(Pagespeed and Core Web Vitals)”

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