Now you can head to the plugin settings for configuration. There is another alternative way to find the plugin settings from the Autoptimize plugin as well.
To find the plugin settings check the image below.
By default, you will arrive at the setting page of the plugin but it’s not recommended to configure it yourself. The same plugin configuration can not be applied to every website because the performance depends on the server speed, theme scripts, site load, and many other experts.
Step 1 – Combine The Plugin With GTmetrix
So, first of all, you will need to switch to the Wizard tab from the settings tab.
You will see this message at the top “Please Note: You do not have to use this Wizard. All settings can be changed under the settings tab“, but you should not go for settings if you are not familiar with it and have no idea what it actually does.
In the wizard, all you need to do is add the GTmetrix username and API key and test your site. The plugin will request GTmetrix for 5 different tests where the plugin will try five different configurations to determine which one is the best match for your site.
If you do not have an account on GTmetrix, create one because it’s free and very useful for your site.
Step 2 – Performing The Tests
Step 3 – Results & Recommendation
In the 4th step, the plugin will automatically the best setting after getting confirmation from you. As mentioned in the recommendation part always check your site functionality after applying any of these configurations just to make sure everything is working perfectly.
In any case, the plugin is unable to apply the setting you can switch to the settings tab and select the recommended option manually.
There are some more advanced options such as where you can force the plugin to async, defer or exclude a script by mentioning them inside the settings tab (specific textbox available for each of the command).
This plugin is one of my favorite and is one of the best performance plugin extensions available for WordPress site. Though the plugin settings seem very easy the “test & verify” method is more fruitful than the manual approach.
Either way, it helps to improve your site’s performance and should be used with the Autoptimize plugin for sure.
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