UPDATE: In 2019 SiteGround recommends our in-house developed free optimization plugin - SG Optimizer, which offers full optimization service for your website. Should you choose to use a specific plugin like WP Rocket that has an overlapping functionality with the SG Optimizer plugin, we recommend you disable that option in the SiteGround Optimizer interface.
Site speed has always been a priority for SiteGround. As you know we carefully choose our hardware, we do a lot of customizations on the server software and we have added Varnish and Memcached support within our SuperCacher plugin. All this is done to provide you the fastest possible environment. However, the speed of your site depends not only on the environment it’s hosted on but on the way it’s built and handled by browsers too. This is why we’re happy to announce our partnership with the creators of the WP Rocket plugin for WordPress which can further optimize the speed of your WordPress by improving the way it is opened by the browsers.
How WP Rocket Helps your Site Become Faster?
The plugin provides you with few ways to improve the speed of your site but its strongest part and what grabbed my attention immediately is the way it handles JS and CSS minifications. This functionality is not new, and there are many plugins that try to optimize you JS and CSS code for faster loading times. However, it can be a tricky business and if not done right, it can actually break your site and prevent it from loading properly. I have tested WP Rocket minification on a site with a pretty messed up CSS, which I have been able to break with almost any other similar WordPress plugin. It felt great that the WP Rocket was able to handle this complex case without any problems. On top of that, the minified CSS & JS files are cached which further reduces the loading time of your pages.
Finally, WP Rocket provides an option to enable page caching for your WordPress site. If you enable this feature, the final result of your pages will be saved into static files and then served to your visitors. Note, however, that if you are using the Dynamic cache option of the SiteGround SuperCacher on your website, you don’t need to enable this particular option because the SuperCacher operates on server level, stores its data into the RAM and results in much faster loading time for your pages.
What is the Partnership About?
To begin with, the WP Rocket developers have tested their plugin on our servers extensivly making sure that everything is working perfectly. Furthermore, they have added SuperCacher support to the plugin. This means that when you delete your WP Rocket cache, it will automatically purge our dynamic cache too.
Next, we have a special promotion valid for SiteGround customers. Click on the banner in the Resources page in your Customer Area and you will get the exclusive 20% off discount for purchasing WP Rocket!
Both our teams are really passionate about site speed and performance optimization. We hope that our partnership will help more easily improve the speed of their sites and achieve better results with them!