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WP Rocket 3.9 has just arrived in orbit. The latest version of the popular WordPress caching plugin focuses on preparing your WordPress sites for the big Google update of 2021 aka the “Page Experience Update”. It improves the Core Web Vitals metrics and the PageSpeed Insights score, in addition to a better loading time and perceived speed of the website.
Here’s what you can expect in this brand-new version:
- Delaying JS Execution 2.0
- Removing Unused CSS (in beta)
WP Rocket 3.9 will now parse each page of the website, remove all the unused CSS from each page to reduce unnecessary bytes, and generate only used CSS for the specific page. This will reduce the overall page size (because the size and number of files loaded by the browser will be smaller), the number of CSS stylesheets to be loaded, and the page load time. It should address Google’s recommendation to “Reduce unused CSS”, have a positive effect on the LCP (measures loading performance) and the FID (measures interactivity) metrics as a result, and improve the PageSpeed Insights score.
Finally, WP Rocket removed the “Google Analytics Tracking” and “Facebook Pixels” add-ons. Currently, Google recommends optimizing third-party JS files by lazy loading, and that’s what they do with the Delay JS execution feature. In addition to WP Rocket, we are also using Perfmatters, the popular web performance plugin for WordPress.
Pricing, Support & Updates
WP Rocket pricing starts from as low as $49 for a single site. They are charging $99 for up to 3 sites and $249 for unlimited sites. All plans come with one year of free support and updates.
Please note that they are providing a 14 days money-back guarantee. Thus, you can test their feature-rich WordPress caching plugin risk-free. What are you waiting for?
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