Top 5 Wp Rocket Alternatives for Pagespeed & Core Web Vitals

Updated on January 13, 2023 | By

Although Wp Rocket ranks high in the Core Web Vitals rank, it may not suit everyone.

Wpalpha compiled an up-to-date list with the top 5 Wp Rocket alternatives, with features for Pagespeed and Core Web Vitals optimization.

Nitropack

Nitropack is a CDN + Cache/Performance plugin solution, also described as an all-in-one speed optimization solution. It stores your entire website assets on the cloud to improve all areas of Pagespeed and has a built-in “script manager”, which delays Javascript based on the selected optimization level.

As for Core Web Vitals field data results, Nitropack ranks slightly above Wp Rocket on mobile and desktop metrics with a minor margin percentage advantage. It also does have a better median Lighthouse and lower page size (kb) than other plugins.

Nitropack ranks above Wp Rocket on LCP(largest contentful paint) for mobile, with 54% vs 48% of WP Rocket. Wp Rocket has better CLS(cumulative layout shift) results. While choosing an option for improving your Core Web Vitals, have in mind these stats.

Nitropack 1-year plans:

  • Nitropack 50.000 pageviews/mo limit(25GB max bandwidth), 1 year plan: $199 USD
  • Nitropack 5.000 pageviews/mo limit(1GB max bandwidth), 1 year plan: FREE
  • Nitropack 200.000 pageviews/mo limit(100GB max bandwidth), 1 year plan: $485 USD
  • Nitropack 1.000.000 pageviews/mo limit(500GB max bandwidth), 1 year plan: $1672 USD

FlyingPress and FlyingCDN

FlyingPress is a speed optimization plugin from the WordPress dev Gjio, which has also developed the popular plugin Flyins Scripts.

FlyingPress has many Core Web Vitals (Google SEO algorithm) features, including:

  • Caching
  • Defer Scripts
  • Optimize Google Fonts loading
  • Prioritize Resources – Prioritize resources like the above-fold images, and fonts to load in high priority.

FlyingPress offers the FlyingCDN addon that adds their CDN, which offers custom domain & SSL.

Pricing: FlyingPress $60/year + FlyingCDN $36 (3$/mo) 100GB/limit, 1-year plan: $96/year

Cloudflare APO and Cloudflare Pro

Cloudflare Automatic Optimization is a new tool to improve WordPress TTFB. Cloudflare made a study and concluded that APO optimized their WordPress client’s websites TTFB for a 72% improvement.

Not only that, but their clients FCP(First Content Paint) and Speed Index had an improvement of 22% and 13% respectively. Cloudflare APO setup requires changing your domain DNS records.

Cloudflare currently offers Automatic Platform Optimizations (APO) for $5/month, and it caches the HTML of your WordPress website. This is possible due to Cloudflare Workers that cache dynamic content.

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Cloudflare APO is compatible(you need to manually purge Cloudflare APO cache) with WP Rocket and many other plugins, check the compatibility here.

Cloudflare Pro is another service which at $20/month offers a myriad of features, including:

  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Lossless Image Optimization
  • 20 Page Rules (+17 than the free plan) – These are meant to improve WordPress usage overall

Cloudflare Pro and Cloudflare APO can be used alongside many other WordPress cache plugins, paid or free.

Wp Optimize

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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, and Image Optimization which are features most seen on paid cache/performance plugins, on the free version.

Wp Optimize Premium features

The main features of Wp Optimize premium are lazy loading and image compressing. Another feature labeled as premium of Wp Optimize is “Preload key requests”, which allows the preload of any asset. The remaining features of Wp optimize premium are as follows:

  • Multisite support
  • Preload key requests
  • Optimize individual tables
  • Optimization Scheduling
  • Enhanced logging and reporting
  • Multilingual and multi-currency compatible caching
  • Geolocation and tax country for WooCommerce stores
  • Cloudflare support

Autoptimize

Autoptimize is the closest to a free version of Wp Rocket, apart from Wp Optimize. Offers a range of optimization features, both basic and advanced:

  • HTML/CSS/JS minification & compression
  • Cache
  • Lazyload
  • Preload and preconnect

Get your WordPress optimized by any of the plugins in this list!

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