This is an issue that many sites face, and one that (fortunately) is easily solved. Through the use of a handy plugin, you can ensure that your site continues to run at a fast pace. This will keep your visitors engaged, and encourage them to spend more time on your site.
As a website owner, it’s smart to regularly check your loading times using Google PageSpeed Insights. This is an incredibly useful tool – not just for testing your page speeds, but also for identifying any issues.
As we touched on earlier, your site’s loading speeds have a huge impact on its user experience. 53% of visitors abandon pages that take longer than three seconds to load, so it’s important to keep everything running smoothly. Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate the interfering scripts, even if you’re not a developer.
Removing these kinds of unwanted scripts from your site can be complex when handled manually. Fortunately, using a plugin can save you a lot of hassle. Although there are numerous plugins that will help with this issue, Autoptimize is a particularly useful tool:
This plugin is easy to use, and can improve your site’s performance in other ways as well. Let’s walk through the steps required to eliminate render-blocking files from your site using this tool.
Before getting started, it’s a good idea to test your site and identify any specific issues. As we mentioned before, the PageSpeed Insights tool is a perfect way to do that.
After opening the tool, enter your site’s URL into the input field. You can then select Analyze to get a full report about your site:
A ‘good’ score is anywhere between 50–100, although most sites fall somewhere between 50–70.
After installing and activating Autoptimize, you’ll want to back up your site (just in case). Then visit the plugin’s settings page within your WordPress dashboard. There, you’ll be able to adjust certain features to fit your specific needs:
To fix any additional issues that remain, head back to the Autoptimize settings page and click on Show advanced settings:
Next, move down the page to the CSS section, and check the box next to Also aggregate inline CSS:
Use PageSpeed Insights to identify any issues.
Install Autoptimize to automate the removal process.
Test your site again, and adjust the plugin as needed for a more in-depth scan.
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