PhastPress Plugin Review With Ideal Settings – Updated 2022

PhastPress is a free plugin that makes it very simple to speed up your WordPress website. I think it’s worth a shot, and for me, it works fine. It is effortless to use. You are not required to browse endlessly or read overly specific guidelines.

Most people probably optimize using a plugin, typically a caching plugin or one of those “speed plugins” explicitly designed to combine and minify stylesheet. The caching plugin is very effective and performs well on all websites. Read WordPress Hosting Providers.

However, with such a special optimization plugin, you’ll achieve better performance if your website is large with many pages and visitors. These are more feature-rich, provide more flexibility, and minimize your server’s performance.

Use only necessary plugins that have been well coded; there are many tutorials available that try to explain what a good plugin is. But I thought you wouldn’t know unless you had some experience. Most plugins offer similar features, making it difficult for the average user to identify which are correctly coded or not.

PhastPress seems good—not bloated with extra stuff and with a clean interface.

PhastPress WordPress Plugin Review

PhastPress looks to be effective, with a simple UI. Let’s start my PhastPress Review with ideal PhastPress settings.

PhastPress Configuration (Settings)

Activate all the plugin features; avoid those who use plugins and break their websites. You should check the manual or seek help if you don’t understand a function. 

Many plugins load their Javascript and CSS codes on every page, even when they aren’t using them, stopping them from loading automatically. Ensure that it always functions, but the fault is that it causes your site to load more slowly. Some allow you to choose which web pages to load or stop.

PhastPress has 3 sections to optimize: Plugins, Images, HTML, CSS, and JS. The image section does not need use; there are few features, but the HTML, CSS, and JS sections have some good stuff. Let’s see what is done exactly.

These are all settings based on my personal experiences, not from official guides.

  • PhastPress optimizations – ON
  • Only optimize for administrators – OFF
  • Remove query string from processed resources – OFF
  • Let the world know about PhastPres – OFF
  • Enable gzip compression on processed resources – OFF this if your server or Cache plugin already compresses
  • Optimize images in tags – OFF (Quite nice If you use lazy-loading images, you should Allow it).
  • Optimize images in CSS – OFF
  • Lazy load images – OFF
  • Optimize CSS – ON (You can activate it if you wish to, I usually opt to disable it. I wouldn’t use it on big websites with many pages and stylesheets).
  • Load scripts asynchronously – ON
  • Minify scripts and improve caching – ON
  • Lazy load IFrames – OFF (Don’t use it if your site auto-plays a critical video).
  • Minify HTML – ON
  • Minify inline scripts and JSON – ON
General Plugin Optimization Settings
General Optimization Settings
PhastPress Image Optimization Settings
PhastPress Image Optimization Settings
PhastPress HTML, CSS & JS Settings
PhastPress HTML, CSS & JS Settings

PhastPress HTML, CSS & JS Settings

Any static files that load from your server are referred to as resources. CSS stylesheets, Javascript, photographs, font styles, and videos are all examples of content.

They must be processed quickly since they commonly are the content or directly impact how the stuff is displayed. The twist now is to figure out how to load the holdings. A few should be loaded first, while others should be loaded later.

Optimize CSS; you can fetch:

  • Prevent wasted styles from delaying the page from loading by advancing critical classes first.
  • Minimize the size of stylesheets and use browser caching.
  • Inline Google Fonts CSS to speed up font loading.

Dynamically load scripts

  • Enable the page to finish loading before running all the codes.

Reduce script size and enhance caching

  • With Reload changed scripts, you can minify codes and set lengthy cache lengths even while utilizing browser caching.

Lazy load IFrames 

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  • It also adds the lazy loading element to iframe tags, allowing IFrames to be loaded only when they are viewable on the page.

Minify HTML 

  • It removes unnecessary whitespace from the page’s HTML code.

Minify inline scripts and JSON. 

  • It removes unnecessary extra whitespace from inline codes and JSON data.

That process of script minification reduces file sizes by cutting all blank and unnecessary script notes. As a result, fewer bytes are transmitted via the internet without functional failure. Minification offers little help to smaller sites. Bigger sites will benefit more, notably mobile visitors. Read Removing Powered By WordPress.

Most minify their code using a cache plugin, which is fine for smaller sites. For medium-sized and significant sites, Assets Cleanup, Perfmatters, or even PhastPress are better options; also, using CDN is the most comfortable METHOD.

PhastPress Image Optimization Settings

Images are elementary resources that require little processing from servers. But they slow down your load times by trying to deliver it over links and in the user’s browser. If you make them too big, they will take much longer to transfer. Images have the highest impact on the perceived load time of your website.

Personally, I am not satisfied with the image optimization section on PhastPress. Still, you have a few options if you do not use any image optimization capability.

Although it appears faster to webpage tests, it causes your site’s images to load more slowly for actual users. You should know which features should and should not be lazy-loaded if you want to utilize them. Read GeneratePress vs Blocksy.

Optimize images in tags and optimize images in CSS. 

Optimize image compression settings and resize images to adapt pixels to the appropriate width or height for metadata. Reload altered images while still taking advantage of browser caching.

Image Lazy load

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This setting adds the lazy loading attribute to IMG tags so that images are only loaded once they are visible on the page. This helps pass the “Defer offscreen images” audit in Page Speed Insights. Also, lazy loading is now a native feature in WordPress; this can help optimize that. Read Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg Review.

Lazy loading every image in the website’s top, header, or feature images isn’t preferable because it makes the pages appear worse to viewers. If you only have a few or a few small shots, lazy loading isn’t really necessary.

Lazy loading does not speed up load times. It only increases page marks since those do not lead your photos to load like real viewers. Images only delay for a few moments; as a result, your page speed and GTmetrix score will improve but not enhance.

General Optimization Settings

The plugin section also has fewer features. Read the Gutentor Review.

Optimize for administrators 

  • Only privileged users will be served with an optimized version. So you can use this to preview your site before launching the optimizations. 

Take query string out of the resources that are processed.

  • Use the path for requests for processed resources that require a server that supports “PATH_INFO.”

This may have been a webpage test that encouraged you to do this. However, what actually happens when you perform it? CSS modifications take a very long time to display for browsers. Since most browsers and systems can properly cache resources with query strings, this method is already outdated.

Gzip compression

  • This compresses the optimized and bundled JavaScript and CSS. Disable this if your server already compresses OR some cache plugins also do.

What about external asset optimization from PhastPress?

Dude, there are no options from this plugin. External resource optimization is complicated. These are all the “extra resources” items that load from another server. This may include fonts, graphics, Javascript, Fb Pixel, Affiliates, Jquery Library, Youtube, and embeds for Facebook, Twitter, and advertising.

They don’t always have the best infrastructure or the smallest files, which is the most challenging part. You may have seen issues about page testing being far too big and not even being cached well enough by the browsers.

You don’t have much authority over files that aren’t placed on your server. You have a few options: local loading, early loading, and delaying.

Combining CSS and Javascript resources might cause problems with site layouts, slow down your website, or increase the load on the server. There aren’t any improvements.

Use a cache plugin with PhastPress

PhastPress is not a plugin for caching. So, to use this, you must use a cache plugin. 

The most accurate definition of caching is the complete requests for faster data processing. It has been a fixture of new technologies and is essential for speeding page loads. Multiple caching types exist across different levels, platforms, and systems and many configuration files. 

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If you set them up correctly, you’ll have a fast site that uses fewer servers and costs less.

Creators have even created app cache management processes for users who do not have servers or servers that do not have server-level caching. 

Yeah, they’re not as swift as genuine server-level caching. However, they are still hugely impactful and, in certain situations, even more beneficial with extra functionalities.

You can use built-in LiteSpeed server caching if running the LiteSpeed host. Most plugins can be used if you’re using an NGINX server. Varnish or any file-based accelerator can be used with Apache. 

Whatever the web application, PHP caching via plugins is available on any web server. However, some plugins are more suited for servers like NGINX, LiteSpeed, and Apache.

Something about WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins can be the leading cause of your website’s slowdown. A simple plugin brings all functions and gives you helpful dev features, impressive performance with essential elements, and less built-in design. Read Blocksy Theme Review.

Top-heavy plugins do a significant lot of useless work, execute multiple requests, and load CSS and Javascript even on pages where they are not needed. The most harmful plugins always add new features and never get a complete rebuild, which results in PHP errors, memory requirements, and security bugs.

Good ratings may just indicate that it is popular, not that it is good, because most of the plugins are trying to do the best marketing. Avoid using too feature-rich and heavy; these plugins are on my “do not use” list because they are overly heavyweight and slow down websites.

Examples include Beaver Builder, Elementor, WPBakery, DIVI, AVADA, and other page builders. Because they are all so heavy, I always recommend using Gutenberg blocks. All Elementor-related plugins (Addon Elements, Essential Addons, Header & Footer Builder, Premium Addons, Ultimate Addons)

Avoid Jetpack (try the Toolbelt lite version of Jetpack), wpDiscuz. Also, avoid special effects, graphics, or pop-ups, as they all need a massive amount of JavaScript. Furthermore, anything with a lot of fancy visualizations.

Conclusion: PhastPress Review

For medium-sized and smaller websites, as well as blogs, PhastPress is a helpful plugin. You should try to use it to get experience because it enhances page score and actual user experience without affecting your site designs.

You can use better alternatives if you don’t like PhastPress or don’t have enough options. I’ve already listed some in My WordPress Speed Optimization Plugins post.

  • Autoptimize: It is yet another speed plugin for settling render-blocking assets. It also provides extra optimization options, which are not required if you use better caching.
  • Plugin load filter: Although a resource organizer plugin, it is effortless.
  • Plugin Organizer – Complete the asset organizer plugin. Change the order in which your plugins are loaded, but also be aware that the UI may become complex.
  • PerfMatters – NICE asset clean plugin from Brian Jackson(woorkup)
  • Asset CleanUp – Another optimization plugin removes the bloated and recognizes

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Madushan Bandara

I’m Madushan Bandara from Sri Lanka, and I’m currently studying in the MIS program at our local university. A blogger, YouTuber, and WordPress designer. For the past 6–7 years, I’ve been involved in online stuff.

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