How to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights score for your WordPress sites

Google PageSpeed Insights scores do not indicate actual speed of your websites but offer insights for improving the speed. If you want to achieve a high Google PageSpeed Insights score for your WordPress sites, the following suggestions will be helpful.

How to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights score for your WordPress sites

Google PageSpeed Insights analyzes the content of your web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster.

If you want to achieve a high PageSpeed Insights score for your WordPress site, the followings will be useful:

  1. Use a lightweight WordPress theme such as GeneratePress, Astra or OceanWP;
  2. Avoid installing heavy WordPress plugins such as Slider Revolution;
  3. Minimize the number of plugins installed;
  4. Use a cache plugin;
  5. Optimize your site with a minify plugin such as Clearfy;
  6. Google AdSense ads will affect the page speed;

I installed the GeneratePress theme and Cache Enabler as a cache plugin on my blog. And I fine-tuned my WordPress blog with Clearfy, a WordPress optimization plugin.

These actions will help to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights scores. Actually, the PageSpeed Insights scores of my blog (https://www.thewordcracker.com/) are between 98 to 100:

How to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights score for your WordPress sites - Desktop
Google PageSpeed Insights score for Desktop
How to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights score for your WordPress sites - Mobile
Google PageSpeed Insights score for Mobile

Also, PHP 8.0 will improve the score. I upgraded the PHP version from PHP 7.4 to PHP 8.0 and the PageSpeed score increased. (Bluehost added PHP 8.0 support.)

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