How To Optimize WPBakery Sites Using Free Smush And Hummingbird Plugins

How To Optimize WPBakery Sites Using Free Smush And Hummingbird Plugins

WPBakery is one of the world’s most popular WordPress page builders. Learn how to speed up and improve your site’s performance with the WPBakery plugin installed.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how we took a site using WPBakery from this…

GTmetrix results for WPBakery site before optimization.

To this, using our free plugins Smush and Hummingbird…

GTmetrix reportGTmetrix results for WPBakery site using free Smush and Hummingbird plugins.

And finally to this, after some additional tweaking*…

GTmetrix report.GTmetrix results after full optimization. * These results include using Smush Pro features.

I’ll also talk about a new integration feature for WPBakery available in our award-winning image optimization plugin, Smush, and testing it along with everything else.

In this post, I’ll take you briefly through each of the following stages of my testing process so you can replicate this on your own site:

  1. WPBakery Overview
  2. Methodology
  3. WPBakery Site Setup
  4. WPBakery and Smush
  5. WPBakery and Smush with WPBakery Integration
  6. WPBakery, Smush, and Hummingbird
  7. WPBakery, Smush Pro, and Hummingbird
  8. WPBakery Optimization Remarks

Just follow the recipe below to speed up and improve your site’s performance with WPBakery.

It’s time to get cooking…

1. WPBakery Overview

While there are over a dozen page builders for WordPress, WPBakery (formerly Visual Composer) remains one of the world’s most popular WordPress page builder plugins.

In fact, according to BuiltWith.com, WPBakery is a “mega” technology. It is used on over 3.6 million websites around the world and it’s the 5th most used WordPress plugin.

BuiltWith.com - WPBakery usage statistics.Don’t think big…think Mega! WPBakery usage statistics source: BuiltWith.com

As many of our members use the WPBakery page builder plugin on their sites, we decided to look at ways

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This article was written by Martin Aranovitch and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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