Website page speed has been a ranking factor for a very long time, and now visual stability, loading, and interactivity experience will also join it, as part of the Core Web Vitals update, becoming a ranking factor on Google.
Having a plugin that does improve all these areas is crucial to gain Google’s boost on pages with “Good” Core Web Vitals metrics.
Below are the best settings for Wp Rocket, with recommendations based on your hosting, plugin stack, and theme.
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You should always enable cache unless you’re using another caching plugin, which is HIGHLY unlikely. Only enable mobile cache if your theme has a separate theme for mobile. Enabling both will create two cache files on your server.
If you’re using Cloudflare APO, here’s how to configure it(scroll to the Cloudflare APO section).
You should enable Minify CSS files if your files aren’t minified. Add “?nowprocket” to URLs for troubleshooting issues.
It’s optional to enable Combine CSS since most websites are on http/2. Combining CSS can also make it difficult to find 100% unused CSS later, when you may make a website optimization.
For the Remove Unused CSS and Load CSS Async features, you may use “Load CSS Async” for website builders, as they may be more prone to issues with the Remove Unused CSS feature, as the number of elements they load. Use Remove Unused CSS for other themes. Use filters to fix CLS issues when using both of the feaures.
You should enable Minify JS files if your files aren’t minified. Add “?nowprocket” to URLs for troubleshooting issues.
You should enable lazyload and add the Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), and any above-the-fold images to the exclusion list. Examples of above-the-fold images include the logo and close ad buttons(“X” mark).
You should add any 3rd-party domains you’re connecting to the prefetch DNS requests list, such as CDN, ads domains, iframes, google fonts, etc.
You should only preload fonts that loads in all parts of the website, otherwise they will preload on pages which arent necessary.
Clean your database from trash files as per your demand.
Disable it if you’re not using it.
Configure Cloudflare and add to Wp Rocket your Cloudflare credentials. Enable the Cloudflare setting “Optimal Settings” to have your Cloudflare settings for better speed, performance grade, and compatibility with WordPress.
RocketCDN is Wp Rocket’s CDN. With a unique price of $8 a month, it offers unlimited CDN traffic(at Wp Rocket’s discretion). It also offers integration with Wp Rocket. Rocket CDN is powered by StackPath which has 45 edge locations around the world.
You may also consider the following as a RocketCDN alternative:
- Bunny CDN: Pricing is based on usage, check their calculator for an estimate.
- Nitropack: Free for 5k/pageviews; starts at $17.50/mo or $210/yearly limited to 50k/pageviews.
- Cloudflare APO: Only caches HTML, alongside Cloudflare’s free proxy CDN. Price at $5/month.
- AWS Cloudfront: Custom Setup. On-Demand pricing with a free tier. Check the calculator for estimates.
- Jetpack: Free
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