WordPress is an incredibly popular platform for building websites, but it can be quite slow, especially when you have a lot of plugins and customizations.
Slow page load times can negatively impact your site’s user experience and SEO rankings.
Fortunately, there are many ways to speed up your WordPress website, and one of the most effective ways is to use the WPMeteor plugin.
So far I have tried a lot of different plugins that are used to speed up WordPress sites and I have to admit that many of them worked poorly or simply did not do what they were supposed to do.
I came across WP Meteor quite by accident, when I was working on a page in Elementor and the speed for mobile devices was only 19%.
After I turned on the plugin the speed jumped to 75% which was simply amazing.
You can download WP Meteor from the WordPress plugin folder.
How does WP Meteor work?
It can be said that he “rearranges” certain elements on the page and places the first ones that serve to display the page.
This gives a 2x-5x increase in page load speed, as well as in relevant Google page speed metrics.
After you download, install and start WP Meteor you will need to define 3 types of settings.
Don’t worry because the setup is not complicated.
In this panel, you will be able to specify four options:
- LCP optimization only
- One second delay
- Two seconds delay
- Delay until the first interaction
You will choose Delay until the first interaction if you want the greatest acceleration, and if you have certain problems and the page loads incorrectly, then you will choose LCP optimization only.
You can also experiment with other options to see which one works best for you.
You will use the third panel called Elementor if you are using the Elementor page builder.
Of course, after changing the settings, you must press the Save Changes button to save the settings.
We have left this panel for last because it needs additional explanation.
Here we will define the scripts for which we do not want the program to accelerate.
For example, when the highest acceleration –Delay until the first interaction is set in the settings, it may happen that Google Analytics does not record the visitor.
To prevent this from happening, we will exclude analytics scripts from acceleration.
We will write them in the provided window (ga and gtag in the picture) and mark Exclude scripts matching regexp from optimization.
An example of acceleration
Here I also give you an acceleration test measured by Page Speed Insights for one of my websites.
WP Meteor disabled
The speed is 86% for mobile devices and 92% for desktops.
WP Meteor enabled
The speed is 95% for mobile devices and 100% for desktops.
WP Meteor is a really good accelerator for WordPress websites
and for now, it’s free.
But I have to mention that depending on themes and plugins it might not work well for someone.
It can also work together with many plugins with a similar purpose:
- WP Rocket
- WP Total Cache
- WP Super Cache
- LiteSpeed Cache
WP Meteor is not compatible with Nitropack.
I hope that this simple method will help you to speed up a WordPress Website.
Soon, new interesting additions and themes in the WordPress category.
Until then, best regards.