5 Best WordPress Search Plugins for Better & Faster Site Search

Search functionality is essential for most websites as it helps visitors locate the information, content, or products they need. WordPress comes with a native search system, but this can only perform basic lookups, and it can be slower than users expect, especially if your website contains a lot of content.

Luckily, there’s a wide range of advanced search plugins for WordPress that enable you to offer a speedy experience. These plugins often come with useful features such as instant search results, ecommerce product support, and spelling correction that help ensure your visitors can quickly find the information they’re looking for.  

There are a lot of WordPress search plugins out there, so to help you find the perfect one for your site, we’ve put together this handy guide. Read on to explore the features you should be looking for in a WordPress search plugin, and then see our reviews of five of the best options. 

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How to Generate Critical CSS in WordPress (2 Methods)

People who visit your website don’t want to wait a long time to see your content. If you don’t optimize your code, render-blocking resources like CSS can contribute to visitors’ perception of slower load times.

Fortunately, you can easily generate critical CSS for your website. By installing a plugin like Jetpack Boost, you’ll be able to extract all the necessary CSS for displaying above-the-fold content. This can be key to making your website appear faster and more user-friendly. 

In this post, we’ll explain critical CSS and why you should consider generating it for your website. Then, we’ll show you two different ways to do this in WordPress. 

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How to Upload a Video to WordPress & Add it to a Page or Post

There are many reasons you may want to upload a video in WordPress. Whether you’re a professional videographer or a food blogger with an amateur cooking show, you’ll need a simple way to post audiovisual content on your site. 

There are a couple of different ways you can add a video to a WordPress page or post. You could embed one from a video hosting service like Jetpack VideoPress or upload and add it directly from your site’s hosting server. Each method has its pros and cons, which we’ll cover in more detail in our tutorial. 

In this post, we’ll go over the various ways you can upload a video to your WordPress Media Library. Then we’ll walk you through adding a video to a post or page. Finally, we’ll discuss some frequently asked questions related to videos on WordPress. 

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How to Fix Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) on WordPress

Search engine optimization (SEO) is an ever-changing game without an instruction manual. There’s much more to optimization than just adding keywords into your content. Search engines like Google also take into account indicators of a quality, safe web experience — like how fast your site loads, how easy it is for visitors to interact with it, and more. 

Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) is a metric used by Google to measure how much a web page rearranges as it loads. A site that moves significantly — causing users to click the wrong link or have trouble reading content — provides a bad user experience and is frowned upon by Google. 

Reviewing your site’s CLS score and other Core Web Vitals can help you identify ways to improve its overall health and, in turn, boost your rankings!

This article will explain the causes of CLS, why you should minimize it, and some methods to reduce it. 

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How to Clean Up and Optimize Your WordPress Database

Your WordPress database contains all of your site’s essential content, including comments, posts, pages, and revisions. But this database can get bloated over time, slowing down your website and harming its loading times. This can frustrate your visitors and make the WordPress admin dashboard slower to use. 

Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to clean up your database. You can automate the process using a WordPress database optimization plugin like WP-Optimize. Alternatively, if you’re more experienced, you could use phpMyAdmin to have complete control over the process. 

In this post, we’ll explain how to clean up and optimize your WordPress database to boost your site’s performance. Then, we’ll wrap up with some frequently asked questions. Let’s get started!

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How to Defer Parsing of JavaScript in WordPress

JavaScript is one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Most websites use it to create more dynamic experiences for visitors. Critical features like contact forms and site analytics are just a couple of ways JavaScript is put into practice on a daily basis. Unfortunately, while it’s highly useful, all of this code has the potential to slow down your site. 

Deferring parsing of JavaScript (also just called, “deferring JavaScript”) means telling your site to load your non-essential JavaScript code last. This simple tweak can improve your page loading times and overall performance, depending on the number of scripts your website uses.

In this article, we’ll break down exactly what parsing is and what deferring involves. We’ll also discuss how deferring JavaScript can benefit your site and show you how to do it. Finally, we’ll wrap up with some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address any remaining doubts. 

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How to Improve First Contentful Paint (FCP) in WordPress

A First Contentful Paint (FCP) score gives you an indication of how much time it takes your site to render. A poor score means your visitors are likely having to wait longer than they should. 

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve this. By optimizing your website’s resources, you can ensure that your content loads quickly and keeps users engaged. 

In this post, we’ll explain what FCP is, why it’s important, and how to test your website for this metric. Then, we’ll show you how to improve a poor FCP score in WordPress.

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WP Super Cache Joins the Jetpack Family

Over the last 15 years, WP Super Cache has become one of the most popular WordPress plugins, helping improve performance for more than two million sites for free. It was created in 2007 by Automattic developer Donncha Ó Caoimh.

“WP Super Cache is a great plugin for handling caching needs, but there is an opportunity to make it more useful for a wider variety of sites. I have been working on the plugin for 15 years, and it’s time to hand it over to a new team. Jetpack will be able to put much more effort and time into the plugin than I ever could, and I’m excited to see what becomes of it,” said Donncha.

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How to Add & Use a CDN in WordPress (Full Setup Guide)

There are a lot of ways to speed up a website, but one of the most effective is using a Content Delivery Network (CDN). A CDN stores copies of your site, or select content, on a network of servers, then sends that content to your visitors’ computers from the server that can do it the fastest. This is usually one nearest to them geographically. 

Using a content delivery network distributes your server’s workload — meaning your site loads faster and more reliably while reducing the resources used by your hosting plan. 

Because there are so many options, the question isn’t really whether you should use a CDN for your WordPress site, but which one to use and how to integrate it with WordPress. 

Some CDNs are free. Others come with hefty fees. Some require advanced technical knowledge to set up and others are built for WordPress and can be easily integrated with a plugin.

The point is that not all CDNs are the same. Below, you’ll learn how to choose the right CDN for WordPress and how to install it. Then, we’ll discuss the benefits of using a CDN and answer some frequently asked questions.

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How to Eliminate Render-Blocking Resources in WordPress

When someone tries to visit a page on your site, they enter the URL in their browser, which immediately goes to work. To load the page, it has to “render” all of the elements that make up that page. 

But sometimes, there are CSS or JavaScript files that pause this process, preventing your content from rendering — these are called render-blocking resources. This means that visitors may experience long wait times, which can negatively impact how people perceive your organization and whether they take the actions you’d like. 

In this post, we’ll explain what render-blocking resources are and discuss the benefits of removing them from your site. Then, we’ll show you how to eliminate them in five different ways. 

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