The New Version of Our SG Optimizer Plugin Is a Game Changer for Your WordPress Performance

Early versions of our SG Optimizer plugin had one single purpose: to connect WordPress with the reverse proxy caching system set up on our servers. Over the years, we have added multiple features like PHP and HTTPS management options that allow even more control over SiteGround’s server environment right from the WordPress backend. With the new release, not only have we greatly enhanced the existing functionalities, but we’ve also included some of the most popular application-based performance optimizations. Now, our plugin is an all-inclusive performance solution for WordPress sites hosted on our platform. Our SG Optimizer has always been an invaluable tool in boosting site performance and now we’ve pushed its capabilities even further. Internal speed tests of the new version show an additional 20-30% performance improvement even for well-optimized sites. And when you use the plugin on a site that runs on an old PHP version and/or has poorly-optimized content, the benefit can easily go up to 500%!

Smarter Dynamic Cache Purging

The NGINX-powered full page caching has been a core functionality of the plugin from the start. Now, we have significantly enhanced that feature by improving the cache purge functionality. Before this release, any time there was a change on your site, even just a new comment on a blog post, the plugin purged the cache for the whole site. This meant that many visitors would see non-cached content, causing slow page loading times. With the new version, we purge the whole site cache only when there are important changes like when you update your WordPress version or install a theme or a plugin. On all other occasions, we have smart rules to determine which part of the cache to flush. For example, when someone publishes a comment on your blog post, only that post’s URL will be cleared from the cache and regenerated on the next visit. The less your cache is purged, the less times your site will be reloaded.

Brand New Front-End & Image Optimizations

A whole new set of front-end and image optimization features are now part of our plugin. Most of them are well-known and widely used application level optimizations that make WordPress sites faster. What’s unique to us is we’ve designed our plugin specifically for the SiteGround environment in order to minimize the resource footprint the optimizations cause.

  • Automatic image optimization option for new uploads and manual bulk optimizer function for old ones.
  • Lazy loading of images that reduces the initial loading time of your pages and is especially useful for long ones with lots of images like the blogroll page.
  • GZIP Compression to compress your content before it’s served to the browser and save bandwidth.
  • CSS, JavaScript, and HTML minification that improves the loading speed of your site by reducing the size of your resources.
  • Remove query strings from static resources to improve the way your content is cached by your visitors and potentially your CDN, if you’re using one.
  • Option to disable emoji support to avoid unnecessary overhead by the emoji conversion script.
  • Browser Caching Control that automatically adds the necessary rules for your visitors’ browsers to cache your static content longer than the default settings.

Improved HTTPS Traffic Redirect

In the old plugin version, we used to redirect the traffic to HTTPS dynamically, which is not optimal because it adds to the loading time of your site. Although the footprint was minimal, it was still present. In the new plugin version, we have split the process of forcing HTTPS on your site into two steps. First, we update your database, re-configuring your site to work with your SSL certificate and place a redirect to HTTPS. For the majority of sites, that’s enough. However, depending on the code of your theme or plugins, some resources may not be in the database. In these situations, when your site gets loaded in the browser, you will see the red warning “insecure content” on the page. Our second feature is designed in case there’s content not covered by the first one. The “Fix Insecure Content” toggle will scan for insecure content and dynamically rewrite those for you.

Other Functionality Improvements

Beside the main functionality enhancements listed above, the new version of our plugin has brought a number of smaller but handy improvements to several other areas:

Better Memchached support

We’ve enhanced the Memcached support in the new plugin version. Previously, additional tweaking was required when  changing the PHP versions of your site. Not anymore! The Memcached works smoothly with all PHP versions supported by SiteGround. Our improved implementation also allows you to see statistics about which objects are served via Memcached for each page. These stats can be visualized with the help of the Debug bar plugin.

Easier PHP version change

When checking your site for compatibility with the recommended PHP version, we now run more optimized checks that save time and server resources. We also made switching between different PHP versions easier.

All functions available through WP-CLI

WP-CLI provides easy command line site management, but until now, we weren’t using WP-CLI to its full potential. Now, we’ve expanded the commands and you can change every option in the Optimizer backend through your command line.

Sleeker Interface for Single Site and Multisite

The new version of our plugin introduces a simpler, cleaner look and feel.  Its interface is now fully redesigned and written in React, which allows us to better handle processes and perform tasks that can take a longer period of time without stalling or exhausting too many resources for a short period of time.

The Multisite controls allow administrators to perform bulk actions across their network and are now easier to find and use. They are all neatly listed in a single section of the plugin instead of in different places in the general multisite WordPress admin panel.

Other Performance Plugins Compatibility

As SiteGround clients, you know our platform is compatible with all sorts of third-party plugins. That’s intentional. Unfortunately, we see that many performance plugins cannot achieve the most optimal performance results because they are designed to generally work well with multiple hosting platforms, rather than generate the best possible results for a specific platform of which they might not know the ins-and-outs. That is why we decided to step up and offer an all-inclusive solution specifically shaped to the characteristics of our environment, creating the best possible performance for sites hosted with us.

That being said, as always, it is up to you which plugins to use given that you are the expert in your business objectives. However, should you choose to use a specific plugin that has an overlapping functionality with the SG Optimizer plugin 5.0, we recommend you disable that option in the SiteGround Optimizer interface. Instead of making your site faster, two plugins trying to achieve the same thing may actually make it slower.

NOTE: Whenever you upgrade to or install the new plugin version, we will check if your WordPress is already using another performance plugin that may have an overlapping functionality with the SG Optimizer. If this is the case, the overlapping options in our plugin will be automatically switched off. You will need to switch them on manually if you would like to use them through the SiteGround Optimizer.

For detailed instruction on how to use the new optimization features check out our SG Optimizer tutorial.

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99 Comments

  1. Reply December 3, 2018 / 09:14 David PascoeSiteGround Team

    Sounds great.

    Something in the optimiser is breaking ninja-popups though. I get

    Notice: Undefined variable: POST_CATS in /home/XXXX/public_html/wp-content/plugins/arscode-ninja-popups/arscode-ninja-popups.php on line 1432

    When I turn SG optimiser off and go back to Rocket plugin, all fine.

    Should I raise a ticket?

    • Reply December 3, 2018 / 11:00 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Please, update to 5.0.2 and everything will be fine!

  2. Reply December 3, 2018 / 09:14 ChrisSiteGround Team

    Just updated on my site today and everything working fine.
    The new SG Optimizer's UI looks more beautiful compared to previous version. I love it!
    By the way, I'm interesting that SiteGround will implement Brotli Compression along the GZIP Compression which better compression for static files like CSS, JS, Image, or HTML.

    • Reply December 3, 2018 / 11:06 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Thanks for the suggestion, will look into it 🙂

  3. Reply December 3, 2018 / 09:52 ArbySiteGround Team

    You really should provide more detailed technical information about your image optimization. I currently use "Shortpixel" and would like to compare the two options.

  4. Reply December 3, 2018 / 10:22 BenSiteGround Team

    I don't believe this new version is compatible with WP Popup Maker for WordPress. My popup now appears in the footer of my site (as explained in Solution 2 of this article https://docs.wppopupmaker.com/article/304-why-is-my-popup-showing-in-the-footer-of-my-site). I didn't have this problem with previous versions.

    • Reply December 3, 2018 / 11:00 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Please, update to 5.0.2 it should work fine with it.

      • December 6, 2018 / 10:29 BenSiteGround Team

        I'm on 5.0.6 now and I'm having the same issue.

      • December 6, 2018 / 10:33 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

        Please, disable all minifications from our plugin. I will look into this in details.

  5. Reply December 3, 2018 / 12:49 Bret WilliamsSiteGround Team

    As of updating, my staging subdomain was thrown up live, and after first support contact, fixed, but now the staging sub is no longer accessible with wp-admin. Support not getting back to me. I see you've even thrown up 5.0.3 so I'm guessing you've got your hands full with this misstep. On my live site, not sure if people are messing with it, but offline products keep going online and I have to keep turning them off. What is going on? Suport ticket going unanswered for an hour...

    • Reply December 4, 2018 / 03:24 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      The problem is caused by the object caching and the fact that you've cloned your sites including the salts during their creation. Sites sharing salts is a very bad idea when it comes to security and object cache usage. I've asked our support team to update your ticket and regenerate the salts on one of the sites in order to avoid such issues from happening.

  6. Reply December 3, 2018 / 18:07 AlexSiteGround Team

    Ok, now its time to switch from W3 Total Cache. 🙂 Getting better results with few clicks than with tons of settings before.

  7. Reply December 3, 2018 / 19:14 JasonSiteGround Team

    What is the best PHP version to be running at this point?

    • Reply December 4, 2018 / 03:26 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      I would say 7.2 if your site can handle it. 7.1 is great safe version right now until all plugins get to a state where they support 7.2.

  8. Reply December 3, 2018 / 19:15 Tim AldridgeSiteGround Team

    Hows does the image optimization of this plugin compare to others such as EWWW Image optimizer?

    • Reply December 4, 2018 / 03:26 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Ours uses server-side binaries to perform the optimization which should work faster and more resource-efficient than a regular plugin.

      • December 5, 2018 / 11:31 ArbySiteGround Team

        That's great but what are the parameters? Does it do JPEG/PNG/PNG8 comparisons and choose the best? What level of compression on JPG? What does it do with the original images?

        Some details here would be helpful.

      • December 6, 2018 / 04:55 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

        We use optipng, jpegoptim and gifsicle for image optimization!

  9. Reply December 3, 2018 / 22:28 DVJySiteGround Team

    Can I uninstall the Image optimization plugin & use SG optimizer now ?

    • Reply December 4, 2018 / 03:27 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Yes, you can.

  10. Reply December 3, 2018 / 23:54 Ronald SeguraSiteGround Team

    After I updated the plugin I can't enable Memcached from my site's backend.

    • Reply December 4, 2018 / 03:27 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Please, check if it's enabled in the cPanel. If so, kindly post a ticket in your Help Desk and we will check your particular case!

  11. Reply December 4, 2018 / 02:59 DomSiteGround Team

    First, thank you for providing us with some major improvements, as I tested version 5.0.3 on my site. Many new features look really great and beneficial.

    A site I manage : diethylstilbestrol.co.uk has 1050 posts and 1142 media items. So, when I removed plugin "EWWG Image Optimizer" to run your new function of "Images Optimization" and "Existing Images Optimization" I was logically told to "PLEASE BE PATIENT, THIS PROCESS MAY TAKE SOME TIME".

    Well, there seems to be a bug, as it has ran for almost 12 hours and still "not completed", showing a kind of never-ending loop.

    Can you please let me know what I should do - or if this will be fixed with 5.0.4 ?

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:14 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      That should be fixed with the last update. We found a bug with certain browsers that fail to render our status updates. Actually, your files should be optimized, just the notice didn't refresh properly. All fixed now though 🙂

  12. Reply December 4, 2018 / 03:53 preethSiteGround Team

    is it better than swift paid

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:02 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Should be. Still working on some real and comprehensive tests which I will publish later on this year.

  13. Reply December 4, 2018 / 04:47 PeteSiteGround Team

    Does the minify & combine of CSS and JS bypass plugin scripts? I've just enabled it on a test site and it has not merged anything, but has compressed a single file slightly further than it was.

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:03 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      We do not combine since we strongly believe that everyone should use HTTPS and HTTP2. Minification does work with plugin and theme scripts. We store the minified version in the same folder to prevent relative links from breaking.

  14. Reply December 4, 2018 / 05:51 David PasacoeSiteGround Team

    I see that 5.0.3 is already released and install on my site and it looks like the error is gone and ninja-popups is working with full SG optimising options turned on.

    Looks like I no longer need WP rocket as you guys do it all. Nice and thanks!

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:03 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Thanks for the kind words, we're working hard to fix every incompatibility with other plugins.

  15. Reply December 4, 2018 / 09:32 EdgarSiteGround Team

    Important notice of the SG Optimizer plugin: We have detected that there are duplicate functionalities with other plugins installed on your site: Imagify, WP Rocket and we have disabled the following functions of our plugin: GZIP Compression, Browser Caching, HTML Minification, JavaScript Minification, CSS Minification, Images Optimization If you wish to activate them, please do so from the SG Optimizer configuration page.

    Hi, I love that SG Optimizer has been updated with many improvements, but I have a doubt due to the message that throws me with problems with other plugins. What should I do? SG Optimizer will be a good substitute for them?

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:13 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Generally, for performance sake, it's not a good idea to duplicate functionality - if you're minifying with one plugin, don't minify with another one. Our goal is to have a single plugin to handle all apsects of your site optimization - caching, scripts, images, environment configuration so you don't have to use 3-4 other plugins to achieve all that.

  16. Reply December 4, 2018 / 10:31 MartinSiteGround Team

    Will it be better to just use SG optimizer now or continue with WP Rocket as well?

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:05 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Check out how your site behaves with SG Optimizer only. It should provide you the best performance on our infrastructure.

  17. Reply December 4, 2018 / 10:50 MarcelSiteGround Team

    Thanks for this great update.

    I wonder if I should still be using WP Rocket along with SG Optimizer?!

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:04 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      I would say try how your site performs with SG Optimizer only. It should be the best option for SiteGround customers now!

  18. Reply December 4, 2018 / 10:56 CubertSiteGround Team

    Hi Hristo,
    Any idea why all of the plug in settings are disabled after I've enabled all of them and restarted my WP dashboard?
    I've tried deactivating/reactivating the plugin to no avail. Curious! I'd really like to apply each of these features!

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:10 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      That's super strange. Do you have memcached enabled on that site?

  19. Reply December 4, 2018 / 11:04 YWMCSiteGround Team

    After updating plugin, killed several Ecwid scripts and cause other issues. Please confirm when it is safe to update. I had to disabled on all my 100 sites.

  20. Reply December 4, 2018 / 12:22 UmairSiteGround Team

    Seems great.

    Should I now disable HTML, JavaSc, and CSS minifications in Cloudflare and turn them on in the plugin?

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:01 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Well, just don't enable them in the plugin if you're alrady doing it fine on CloudFlare. It's the same the otherway around, minification is minification, won't change much if you do it in the plugin or at the CDN 🙂

  21. Reply December 4, 2018 / 20:41 Brian RossiterSiteGround Team

    Thank you so much, SiteGround team! 🙂

  22. Reply December 5, 2018 / 03:06 Mike BSiteGround Team

    Hi,

    Looks like a great interface. If you use the Siteground frontend optimisation options, what should be done if the siteground linked Cloudflare Auto-Minify options are currently selected?

    Also, do you know if the plugin plays nice with Divi? Have had issues with other optimisation plugins messing with the page builder etc.

    Thanks!

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:09 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Generally, avoid duplicating functionality. If you have minifiication enabled in CloudFlare, don't enable it in our plugin. As for Divi - it should work just fine with it since we monitor all the necessary hooks.

  23. Reply December 5, 2018 / 03:35 UmairSiteGround Team

    I was thinking of buying WP Rocket. After the recent Supercacher update, do I still need that, or is SG plugin enough?

    Can both plugins work at the same time?

    Also, need to know if I should disable HTML, CSS, and JavaSc. minifications in Cloudflare after enabling them in the Sitegrond plugin?

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 05:00 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      I would say - check out the results you're getting with our plugin. They should be great 🙂 As for your other question - it won't hurt or break anything, just a general rule is not to duplicate functionality. If you're minifying in CloudFlare, simply disable that in our plugin.

  24. Reply December 5, 2018 / 04:01 Chris MyersSiteGround Team

    Thanks this is looks like a great plugin and it is really good to see you guys continuing to develop to keep you and us ahead of the game.

    I currently use the jetpack functionality for lazy loading and image CDN along with the old SG plugin and cloudflare CDN.

    Can you give us some guidance as to what we should be using for the optimal setup now. As I can't see that using jetpack and this and all of the Cloudflare will be beneficial and will probably slow it down or cause errors as there is duplication and additional connections.

    Thanks again, you do a great job!

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 04:59 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      That's a great idea for a paper on the best setup on SiteGround. At this point, I would say - try all options and see how they work on your site. As to the CDN, just don't double functionality - if you minify with CloudFlare - do not enable minification on our plugin. Everything else should be fine 🙂

  25. Reply December 5, 2018 / 04:17 John GeertsSiteGround Team

    I have the same issue as Ronald Segura regarding the Memcached. I cannot enable it in WP.

    It is enable in the cPanel

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 04:58 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Fixed with an update!

  26. Reply December 5, 2018 / 07:43 Mark KooijmanSiteGround Team

    The new SG Optimizer Plugin works wonders and is extremely effective for the load time of my webshop Load time 2.00 s. @Pingdom

    Results:
    Page size 9.0 KB
    Load time 2.00 s
    Requests 38

  27. Reply December 5, 2018 / 10:38 Dan WhitmoreSiteGround Team

    Could this plugin completely replace WP Rocket Pro - or does that still offer some functionality and optimisations that this plugin currently doesn't?

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 04:57 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Yes, I think so. The only thing we don't do is the cache preloading which doesn't make much sense since we use NGINX as reverse proxy and store your content in the server memory for faster access.

  28. Reply December 5, 2018 / 11:26 ArbySiteGround Team

    Jeez SG, test more thoroughly next time! 5 updates in the last couple days, and this morning I saw my site was broken (had to do another SG Optimizer update and then clear cache). Lost me some ad revenue there!

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 04:56 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      I am sorry for the inconvenience caused. Optimization plugins touch pretty much every part of WP and conflicts with other plugins happen. I am afraid that those are really hard to predict before releasing the plugin to public. One of the reasons why we use our own auto update system and not the included WP one - we make backups and restore them automatically after update if we notice such error / white screen.

  29. Reply December 5, 2018 / 12:34 Jake OrtmanSiteGround Team

    Very cool. It appears this will replace at least a couple of my plugins (Smush, Autoptimize and Really Simple SSL) along with some of what I had WP Total Hacks installed for (possibly -- I inherited the site, so I'm still learning my way around the various plugins that were used).

  30. Reply December 5, 2018 / 15:59 JasonSiteGround Team

    Very nice work Hristo, just a quick question - I'm also a WP Rocket user & was just wondering if the compatibility remains between SG Optimizer & WP Rocket with this new release? Have you worked with them at all on any aspects of this update?

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 04:51 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      So far, SG Optimizer was only caching solution plus several quick tools like PHP Version switch and HTTPS enforcer and the compatibility between the two was WP Rocket disabling their cache if they figure out ours is running. With the new update, I would recommend that you try and measure how your site behaves with our plugin and new functionality or WP Rocket only. I firmly believe that we've developed the best possible optimization solution for SiteGround customers and that you will no longer need other optimization plugins for your site.

      • December 10, 2018 / 18:28 JasonSiteGround Team

        Thanks Hristo, I will run some tests. So just to throw another spanner in the works, how about https://perfmatters.io/

      • December 11, 2018 / 06:56 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

        Thanks!

  31. Reply December 6, 2018 / 02:45 DarrenSiteGround Team

    This is a fantastic update, i really hope it means I can drop other optimisation plug-ins.

    So I have updated to 5.05 and switched everything on... an impressive GTmetrix score of A 95%, but... Yslow is only C (72%) grade.

    It flags up - Make fewer HTTP requests (F grade):
    This page has 27 external Javascript scripts. Try combining them into one.
    This page has 23 external stylesheets. Try combining them into one.

    I was hoping SG Optimiser would fix this with Minify switched on? is that not the case?

    • Reply December 6, 2018 / 04:48 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      We haven't added scripts combination functionality on purpose for several reasons. First, the cance for it to break something is big, especially for JS files. Unlike CSS, some javascript relies on the order of loading to work properly. In addition to that, with the introduction of HTTP2 on all our servers, it doesn't make much sense to concatenate scripts. In your case, I would ignore that suggestion, most test services are still running on HTTP1. Measure the end result - how faster your site actually is for you and your visitors 🙂

      • December 6, 2018 / 06:48 DarrenSiteGround Team

        Thanks for the explanation, that makes sense. The bottom line is my site loads in just over 1 sec so I guess that’s all that matters.

      • December 12, 2018 / 12:52 FritsSiteGround Team

        Then I'm wondering why in the description for both js and css files it says: "COMBINE and minify".

        You're right combining these can cause errors. However, I've mostly had great results with the plug-in "Fast Velocity Minify" (which also can combine scripts and caches them).

        My suggestion would be to separate the 2 (as the above mentioned plug-in does, btw): so: 1 option to minify, another option to combine. Then it's easy to see whether it works or not, and - if needed - turn off the option.

        Thoughts?

      • December 13, 2018 / 01:00 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

        That will be fixed in the next update, it's an old string from when we tested combination too. We do not combine files because it's way too dangerous (especially JS files) for the majority of users and with HTTPS and HTTP2 it doesn't make sense to combine resources unless you have extremely high number of those.

  32. Reply December 6, 2018 / 10:43 DorianSiteGround Team

    Hi Hristo,

    Nice update and congrats for such a great job.
    One question: did anyone test speed compared to Autoptimize?
    Also any comments on image optimization feature vs ShortPixel or Cloudflare's Polish?

    Thanks,

    • Reply December 7, 2018 / 11:25 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      I plan on performing tests agains pretty much every caching solution out there but they are not ready yet!

  33. Reply December 6, 2018 / 10:50 NateSiteGround Team

    Sadly 5.0.5 took my site down. Sound like from support there are some known issues. Look forward to having it work again! Real time update: 5.0.6 did it too.

    • Reply December 8, 2018 / 00:57 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Sorry to hear you've had issues. I am sure our support team will assist you with them though.

  34. Reply December 6, 2018 / 14:06 AndySiteGround Team

    Not yet ready for release. Affects all sort of directory perms, had many nightmares with it on .5 and .6 recent releases.

    • Reply December 8, 2018 / 00:58 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      The plugin does not interfere with your files or folders permissions in any way. That must be something else interfering with it and causing the issue. I am sure our support team will assist you with this.

  35. Reply December 6, 2018 / 16:57 Frederick D.SiteGround Team

    This looks really great! From reading the comments above I saw that Divi should be supported by monitoring the necessary hooks. It looks like I can discontinue the use of WP Smush and be relieved their annoying messages.

    I updated one of my sites yesterday to SG Optimizer 5.0.5 and somehow that site got redirected in total to another of my sites. The client was not pleased. In working with Support (which was excellent as always!) we did a restore from the daily backup and all was well again. I was able to reproduce that error by installing SG Optimizer 5.0.5 again and doing a rollback myself.

    Is it safe to assume that SG Optimizer 5.0.6, available today, has fixed that behavior?

    This new plug-in will be great since it is tuned to the SiteGround infrastructure. I'm looking forward to using it on all my sites very soon.

    • Reply December 7, 2018 / 11:38 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      The latest version has the issue you've experienced fixed and it's safe to update and use it! Make sure you check out your site after each change you make in order to avoid issues with other plugins.

  36. Reply December 6, 2018 / 21:40 Dan AustinSiteGround Team

    Staging area - Running SG Optimizer Version 5.0.6
    Attempting to optimize my images...
    WE ARE OPTIMIZING YOUR IMAGES, PLEASE BE PATIENT, THIS PROCESS MAY TAKE SOME TIME. has been running for 15 minutes for a media library that has about 50 images. Should it take this long? I have MEMCACHED turned on.
    Can I push this to production if the optimization has not yet completed?

    • Reply December 7, 2018 / 11:26 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Please, clear your browser cache and refresh or update to the latest plugin version. Depending on the number of images, that process may take a long time. Post a ticket in your Help Desk if issues occur.

  37. Reply December 7, 2018 / 18:53 Craig RosenfeldSiteGround Team

    I had problem where your plug in was shrinking the size of embedded YouTube videos (it made the embedded videos look like a long, thin banner, instead of 800x450 which is what I had the embed code set as) ... .. Is this fix addressed in the latest version?
    Also, I use Autoptimize along with W3 Total Cache, in addition to your SG Optimizer, but since I had the shrinking YouTube video issue, I had to 'roll back' my site to a previous days version and keep an old version of your plug in.... I am now hesitant to update to your latest version due to the shrinking size of embedded YouTube videos ... Are all issues fixed? ... Can I remove Autoptimize and W3 Total Cache and just use your SG Optimizer? Or should I wait for a more stable version? (I asked this in Support tickets and I have been given contradicting answers)

    • Reply December 8, 2018 / 00:25 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      That looks like an issue with the CSS minification. Try disabling that functionality and it should work fine. We've fixed everything reported so far. In addition, I would suggest that you do not duplicate functionality and leave only our plugin if you are using all of its options. If you prefer using different one for something like image optimization for example - make sure that functionality is turned off in our end.

  38. Reply December 8, 2018 / 04:36 Ian BuckSiteGround Team

    Just so you are aware, the new version of the plugin conflicts with Caldera forms. If both are activated it produces a 504 error.

    • Reply December 10, 2018 / 01:27 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Thanks for reporting this, we will look into it.

  39. Reply December 9, 2018 / 00:23 NagaSiteGround Team

    I am hosting images outside the WP installation in subdomain like "img.domain.com". Looks lazy loading doesn't work on this situation and try to create static files files from subdirectory like "domain.com/img/....". This makes 403 error for all images and blocked on the site.

    Hope you can check and ensure it works on all scenarios.

    • Reply December 10, 2018 / 01:08 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Thanks for reporting that. Please keep the Lazy Load off for now, we will fix that in the upcoming updates 🙂

  40. Reply December 9, 2018 / 09:08 GiacSiteGround Team

    SG Optimizer seems a great solution but unluckily I was not able to activate all its functions, between them the one we'd like to use is Memcache. Once we activate it on the plugin (after doing it on cPanel) we see the cpu load going skyrocketing...we disabled some plugins but the issue remains... once disabled again in cPane clearly the site gets back to normal ops... any hint on how to proceed?

    • Reply December 10, 2018 / 01:27 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Some plugins don't play well with object caching, how's site performance with Memcached disabled?

      • December 10, 2018 / 08:36 GiacSiteGround Team

        They are ok, I was trying to activate it to as that functionality was particularly helpful... guess we'll have to troubleshoot deactivating plugin and crashing the site several times... was hoping for a magic trick 🙂

  41. Reply December 10, 2018 / 08:28 DonnieSiteGround Team

    I have the latest update to SG Opt. Memcached randomly turns its self off. It's happened several times over the last week or 2. I'll turn it on, then at some point a day or 2 or 3 later I'll notice it's off again. It's been turned on in c-panel the whole time.

    • Reply December 11, 2018 / 06:58 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Thanks for reporting this, I will look into it!

      • December 11, 2018 / 10:52 DonnieSiteGround Team

        You're welcome.

  42. Reply December 10, 2018 / 08:39 Larry LevensonSiteGround Team

    Hey SG -- lots of my fellow multisite developers use SG hosting and there is a big conversation (and a lot of confusion) on the WPMUDEV discussion of SG Optimizer vs Hummingbird.

    Perhaps you could chime in there and clarify some things as well as add an additional blog post here. Thanks for at least checking it out!

    Larry

    • Reply December 13, 2018 / 01:11 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      I would love to, but it's a private forum.

  43. Reply December 10, 2018 / 13:56 AndySiteGround Team

    It looks like SG Optimizer is a fantastic tool.

    I have just some problem when using the CSS minification (The primary colour settings are no more recognised) Is there anything that can be done about it?

    • Reply December 13, 2018 / 01:07 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Switch that off and keep the other optimizations. Can you mail me your domain at hristo.p [at] siteground.com so I can look into it and see what we can improve?

  44. Reply December 11, 2018 / 00:06 airpressSiteGround Team

    Where in cPanel can I find and enable Memcashed?

    • Reply December 11, 2018 / 06:55 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      It's in the SuperCacher tool!

  45. Reply December 11, 2018 / 03:38 OrjanSiteGround Team

    Is there any plans to add support for excluding URLs in the Lazy Load Images feature in a future version of this plugin?
    Currently we have to disable the feature for the entire site as we have two URLs containing some javascript photo galleries that break when lazy laod is enabled.

    • Reply December 11, 2018 / 06:55 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      That's great feedback, we will discuss it on our next dev meeting and add it to the roadmap. Definitelly sounds like something worth doing. Excluding HTML elements from it, class, IDs or file names. We just need to do some thinking on it but definitelly a great suggestion!

  46. Reply December 11, 2018 / 04:57 fadzSiteGround Team

    is this best working for all types of hosting package?coz i dont have d memcached and dynamic cache enable in my hosting package and im currrently with wprocket pro

    • Reply December 11, 2018 / 06:54 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      The Dynamic Caching and Memcached are only supported on GrowBig and above accounts. StartUp plans can use the rest of the functionality without any issues.

  47. Reply December 12, 2018 / 23:04 Abby BuzonSiteGround Team

    Hello, Can you tell me what SG Optimizer does for Startup/Reseller plans? I was told by support that it doesn't do anything other than for HTTPS. Is that still true with this new version? If that statement was not fully correct, can you explain what the benefits are to the plugin for Startup & Reseller plans? Thank you!

    • Reply December 13, 2018 / 00:58 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Someone got mixed up from the customer care team. Actually, the plugin does a lot for your website even on StartUp plans without Dynamic caching. It adds functionality for Leverage Browser Caching, Gzip Compression, Image Optimization, HTML, CSS, JS Minification and Lazy Load for your images. All this combined should give you great performance boost.

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