Top WordPress Plugins for Improving SEO and Site Speed

August 28, 2019 | Web Design | By PDCo.
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‘Tis the season for new websites! 

The end of August tends to be when businesses are either finally ramping up again after slower summer days, or getting ready for the fall push. Vacations are winding down and consumers are excited for the Autumn and Winter holiday seasons. (We know, we know…too soon!) 

The ramp-ups tend to drive businesses to take a closer look at their online presence more closely, whether from a branding and design perspective, or from a performance perspective. Savvy entrepreneurs know that stellar design sells, but the site needs to be user-friendly and lightening fast, or they’ll lose visitors (and SEO ranking!). 

Of course, when they turn to Philly Design Co. for their website design development, we make sure all of those boxes are checked and expectations are exceeded. We specialize in branding and design, but did you know we offer web development services as well?

We recommend using the plugins below for the best results in page-loading speed, which is a key factor for search engine ranking. It’s all about optimization, no one wants to wait for a website to load! 

Async JavaScript

Async JavaScript gives you full control of which scripts to add a ‘async’ or ‘defer’ attribute to or to exclude to help increase the performance of your WordPress website.


Makes your site faster by optimizing CSS, JS, Images, Google fonts and more.

Fast Velocity Minify

Improve your speed score on GTmetrix, Pingdom Tools and Google PageSpeed Insights by merging and minifying CSS and JavaScript files into groups, compressing HTML and other speed optimizations.

jQuery Lazy Load Plugin

A quick and dirty WordPress plugin to enable image lazy loading, which just means that above-the-fold content will load first, which makes for a better user experience.

MailChimp for WordPress

If you’re a big fan of MailChimp like we are, this is the best plugin to integrate with WordPress, in our opinion.

WP Forms
If you need your forms to do more than just integrate with MailChimp, it’s definitely worth checking out the WP Forms plugin. It’s a paid drag-and-drop plugin, but SO worth it – super easy to set up and does a ton. Everything from custom forms, e-commerce solutions, marketing automation integration and analytics. 


Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors. Bad pages with no redirect negatively affect SEO ranking, so it’s best to take care of them. 

WP Smushit

Reduce image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO using the free WPMU DEV WordPress Smush API.

WP Broken Link Status Checker

Check and manage HTTP response codes of all your content site links and images.

WP File Manager

Manage your WP files.