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Wp Meteor Review 2021

Last updated on October 18, 2021 | By
Wp Meteor Review 2021
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WP Meteor markets itself as a Page Speed Optimization plugin. It is a new free option for people who wants a Wordpress Pagespeed plugin. It is compatible with many other cache plugins, such as Wp Rocket.

Editor's Rating:
5

What does it do?

Wp Meteor only loads scripts until after the page gets rendered. This grants you a Pagespeed increase, as Javascript is majorly responsible for page load time.

It basically does what Flying Script do(you can delay all javascript on FS using the *.js keyword)

What it does not do?

It can’t decide what javascript is essential for your website rendering. Therefore, using it may degrade all your core web vitals metrics lcp, cls, and fid since those depend on great optimization of javascript loading not simply delay until user-interaction attribute.

On initial analysis, you may pass on those metrics on lab data, since Pagespeed doesn’t have user interaction and therefore is different from a real-live user. But after you have enough field data you will possibly receive a ‘needs improvement’ or ‘bad’ label from Core Web Vitals.

Conclusion

Wp Meteor markets itself as Pagespeed optimization and it indeed delivers that successfully. But with Core Web Vitals update and Page Experience becoming a search ranking metric, it may be careful to use it without specialized review of the website. Consider hiring a WordPress Speed Optimization Expert to avoid layout or functionality issues when using it.

How to use Wp Meteor

Wp Meteor is a free, tested, and up-to-date plugin that lets you load javascript after user interaction. Install it on WordPress and move the bar to “Delay until first interaction”. This will delay all your Javascript till user interaction with a few essential exceptions.

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If you have any issues with the delaying of assets, you can exclude scripts using regular expressions or keywords that match the plugin.

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To find the keyword to exclude, you can either use the asset name or use Chrome Dev Tools; click F12 on Chrome, click the “Network” tab, and hover over “Initiator” to see which file triggered the asset loading:

How to find unused javascript using a Chrome Dev Tools
Analytics.js was initiated by www.googletagmanager.com/gtag, we can use gtag keyword to delay analytics.js

Place the domain keyword on Wp Meteor.

It supports a variated range of user interaction events. Wp Meteor also has a timeout function that executes JavaScript at a certain time delay, 1s or 2s delay.

Note that not every plugin is compatible with such delays. You should never delay a script that is essential for the initial render, it will break your website. 

WP Meteor is not compatible with Nitropack. WP Meteor is known to have delay issues with the Elementor Offcanvas addon.

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