Swift Performance plugin review – all in one optimization plugin

Usage simplicity | Swift Performance plugin review

Swift Performance plugin is powerful WordPress speed up tool for beginners & experts. Although it has a guided setup wizard & autoconfig, which is very easy for basic usage, on some hostings/websites, this plugin still needs some “expert” touch with appropriate setup which makes it occasionally difficult for noobs as you “need to know what are you doing”. In case of some major problem, Support needs to access your site.

Features | Swift Performance plugin review

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Swift Performance plugin has a lot of speed up performance features, among which some unique ones on the market. The best of all is that new features are constantly added. Main features are:
  • Eliminate render blocking assets
    Swift Performance plugin not just minify and combine the CSS and javascript files, but it can create critical CSS on the fly for your pages. The critical CSS will be generated on the fly for every pages. It will contain only that rules what are used on the current page. You can also inline the critical CSS, and/or the merged CSS as well.
  • Innovative, super fast cache
    Swift Performance plugin provide intelligent caching, you can cache AJAX requests and dynamic requests as well.
    Intelligent cache means the following: the plugin loads the cached version (so the user can see your page fast), after it will check in the background the cache is it still valid or was there any change if you enable the save server resources option (recommended) it will check the cache only once per an hour, but it will check it immediately if there was any requests which can affect the content (eg comment, forum post, etc).
    You can also set instant reload, in that case after the check ran in the background it will change the page content for the user (if there wasn’t any user action eg: typing).
    The latest feature is autoconfig which allows Swift to automatically choose the best plugin’s setup for the current site.
  • Unlimited image & database optimizer and plugin organizer
    Swift Performance plugin comes with a built-in unlimited image optimizer on unlimited sites. You can lossless compress your JPEG and PNG images, and improve your site’s performance. However, on some websites/hostings this module doesn’t work properly, author need to further optimize it. There are also powerful database optimizer along with plugin organizer. There features alone allows you to replace several plugins with Swift plugin’s usage.
  • Proxy 3rd party Javascript (like Google Analytics)
    With the 3rd party proxy you can proxy Google Analytics, Facebook, etc scripts which usually have a very short expire (to be able track the users) and set an acceptable expiry header for them.
  • CDN support
    Swift Performance plugin provides CDN support. You can specify a host name what will be used for static resources. You can also set 3 different hosts for CSS, JS and for media files.

Speed | Swift Performance plugin review

Swift Performance plugin is a simple solution for speeding up websites with no coding knowledge. It comes with many powerful features serving as a “Swiss  Army knife” for speeding up WordPress websites. For us, it proved to be especially effective on websites with some more demanding requirements such as AJAX and dynamic requests, like on this site as well.

Security | Swift Performance plugin review

Plugin’s author gives an utmost effort for Swift Performance plugin to code according to the best security guidelines/practices.

Support | Swift Performance plugin review

I found customer support really good and knowledgeable although in some period it can be very slow in reactions. Sometimes Support also need to access your site like any other plugin’s support around, if you want fast help & fix.
You have free Swift Performance plugin documentation here,

Other points | Swift Performance plugin review

Author say that Swift is compatible with Varnish & WooCommerce.

Swift Performance plugin pricing is affordable and fair for the numerous numbers of the features it offers.
However, if you want to try it you can do it via Swift Performance Lite on WordPress.org.

What are the main differences between Swift Performance Lite and PRO version?
In short: unlimited image optimizer, extended woocommerce features, server push for HTTP2, remote cronjobs, critical icon fonts, compute API (for lower CPU usage), whitelabel, etc.

What others say on WordPress.org about their experiences with Swift Performance:

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Swift optimized default settings | Swift Performance plugin review

Below Swift Pro settings works without issue on our sites. However, every website is different and you should never follow blindly ANY settings as what worked for others may not work for you. Backup your site as the 1st step as always before making any changes on your production site, and try various Swifts’ settings. More detailed Swift official documentation is in development.

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