Autoptimize & speed

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Substitute Autoptimize plugin. It is breaking your site CSS styling file. I would use Better WordPress Minify plugin. After tests, we’ll decide if we should keep minification or not. It’s not important.

Activate the following on Autoptimize plugin: emoji removal, query strings removal.

Autoptimize settings need to be corrected. These include enabling:
a. optimize HTML code.
b. Lazy-load images.
c. Remove emojis.
d. Remove query strings from static resources.

Autoptimize is also a caching plugin. So there is caching plugin redundancy. We recommend removing the slow SiteGround Optimizer plugin.

Autoptimize is good for reducing the number of calls (requests). But it is not a critical plugin for speed because of parallel loading of browser assets. We often remove it. IT improves scores but not necessarily speed. Minification isn’t a problem but concatenation risks breaking sites. If you feel you must use a minification plugin, this is a good one to use or our first preference is Better WordPress Minify.


We recommend activating Remove Emojis and Remove Query Strings in Autoptimize plugin under extra settings.



Steve Teare
performance engineer
May 2021


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