The 30-Minute-Guide to a 100/100 Score on Pagespeed Insights and Pingdom

A few years ago I wrote a guide on how to get a perfect 100/100 score on Pagespeed Insights, Pingdom and GTMetrix. A lot of time has passed since then. The rules have changed and I’ve learned new, easier ways to optimize my WordPress blog. In this post I’ll show you an updated approach to completely optimize your blog using a few efficiënt, easy to use plugins.

The Easiest Way to get a 100/100 score on Pingdom and Pagespeed Insights

Perfect Score on Pagespeed Insights Mobile

Perfect Score on Pagespeed Insights Mobile

Perfect Score on Pagespeed Insights - Desktop

Perfect Score on Pagespeed Insights – Desktop

In order to speed up your WordPress website you’re going to need the right tools. Luckily all of these very powerful plugins are free.

  • WP Fastest Cache,
  • Autoptimize,

And if you’re using Google Fonts and/or Google Analytics:

  • OMGF,
  • CAOS.

In my previous post I was convinced W3 Total Cache (W3TC) was the way to go when it came to page caching. Over time I learned that W3TC should be seen somewhat as a pro-package. If your blog is hosted on a VPS or Dedicated Server — which most WordPress blogs aren’t — W3TC offers you the tools to tweak it to peak performance.

However, most WordPress blogs aren’t on dedicated hosting, but rather shared hosting — so am I. The developers already confessed that W3TC’s minification method took up too much resources for these types of hosting packages. So we’ll be sticking to Autoptimize to minify and combine our JavaScript (JS) and Stylesheets (CSS).

Today I will show you how WP Fastest Cache and Autoptimize will make you score higher in Google Pagespeed Insights and Pingdom.

Installing the Plugins

I assume you know how to install plugins from within your own WordPress installation. If not, click the link. After you’ve installed and activated the plugins through the repository, continue with this tutorial.

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