In the following, we have reviewed the Hummingbird site speed increase plugin. We have also described the features of both the free and Pro versions and explained how to configure it in WordPress.
What is a Hummingbird plugin?
Hummingbird is a versatile and optimized plugin released by the WPMU DEV team. Although the plugin itself is relatively new, the development team is by no means new.
Although the WPMU DEV team initially started out as a web development agency, it has changed direction and is now active as a WordPress company. Works. The company develops versatile plugins in the fields of caching, SEO, backup and even active hosting.
The free version of the Hummingbird plugin currently has over 90,000 active installs and 500 5-star votes from users.
Hummingbird plugin in action
The main reason users use the Hummingbird plugin is to speed up their site.
So we prepare the test website and run the tests on it without installing the Hummingbird plugin. Then install the Hummingbird plugin on it and test the speed again. Finally, we do the same thing by installing the Hummingbird Pro plugin.
Note that our test environment has PHP 7.3 and WordPress version 5.3. Also installed is the Astra theme with one of its pre-made demos.
Well, we’re going to test.
Page load time is 3.9 seconds, page size is 1MB and number of requests is 55. not bad! But let’s see what happens with the Hummingbird plugin.
After installing Hummingbird plugin
Full page load time is 3.3 seconds, page size is 1MB and number of requests is 55. The result is better. Loading time has been reduced and this is only due to the initial settings of the plugin.
How to use Hummingbird plugin to increase site speed?
As you can see above, we got good results from the Hummingbird plugin. Now we will show you how to do the same steps on your site in 5 steps.
Step 1: Install the plugin
There are several ways to install, depending on whether you choose the free or Pro version of the Hummingbird plugin.
If you are using the free version, just go to the plugins menu in the WordPress dashboard and then add and search for Hummingbird.
To install Hummingbird Pro, it is enough to upload and install the downloaded file in the same path of the plugins and click on the upload plugin button after purchasing the plugin from Radzad. <// p>
Step 2: Configure the cache
In the WordPress dashboard go to Hummingbird & gt; Go to Caching and enable the cache module.
After activating, various settings will be displayed for you.
Some of the available settings are:
- Cache preload: Ability to preload page cache instead of waiting for users to visit pages
- Mobile caching: enable cache for mobile device users
- Exclusions: Options to prevent caching for some pages that should not be cached, in order to prevent plugins such as Membership
There are also options for which posts or tabs should not be cached. After applying the desired settings, just click on Save Settings at the bottom of the page.
Step 3: Combine and Minify Files
Minifi and the combination of CSS and JS files increase the speed of the site. As expected from such a plugin, the Hummingbird plugin has this feature built into it.
In the Hummingbird menu, just click on the Asset Optimization submenu. Just activate this module first and then the plugin will start scanning and finding files for optimization.
After scanning, a message will let you know how many files are available for optimization.
After completing this section, the initial Asset Optimization settings will be displayed as shown below.
Here you can see the number of files and the amount of reduction. If you use Hummingbird Pro, there is also the option to activate the WPMU DEV CDN. Scroll down to view all CSS and JS files on the site.
There are generally five icons in front of each file, from left to right:
- Minify: reduce file size. If the file is minifi, the icon is not clickable.
- File Composition: Selecting this option combines the desired file with other files and reduces the number of requests.
- Transfer CSS from file to HTML code
- Do not upload file: prevent file upload. It can be used if you do not need the script.
While you can apply rules such as file file combinations to scripts on all files, we suggest that you follow these steps:
Step One: Combine Scripts
Combine the scrolls one by one and check the site before each action to make sure it is not disturbed. If there is no problem, go to the next script and save the changes in each neighborhood. This will reduce the number of requests from the browser.
Step 2: Minify Scripts
Similar to the previous step, you can minimize the scripts one by one and make sure that each step does not interfere. Many plugins and themes today do this automatically, and if this is the case, the Hummingbird plugin realizes this and does not need to do anything.
By doing these steps, you will realize how fast the site is growing.
Features of the Pro version of the Hummingbird Plugin
So far you may be wondering what other features the Hummingbird plugin has to offer. After viewing the list of Hummingbird Pro features, you will see that many features will be available to users in this version. This number of features may be boring for some users, but the issue of user experience is something that is very important on the website and attention to the smallest details is important.
- Performance Report
- Cash all pages
- permanent monitoring
- Cloudflare control cache
- GZip Compression
- File optimization
- CDN optimization
- Database optimization
- preload cache
- Easy and advanced modes
Here are some of our favorite sections of the Hummingbird Pro plugin.
Undoubtedly, our favorite feature of the Hummingbird plugin is its accurate reporting of site performance. In this report, suggestions, improvements and other information about website performance and optimization items will be provided to you.
Working with this part of the plugin is very simple and you can quickly start minifing and combining files. Hummingbird, with its interface, is without a doubt the easiest plugin to do this. Troubleshooting is also easy.
The Hummingbird Pro plugin has the ability to optimize the database, but the cool thing about this tool is the ability to schedule cleanups. With this tool, you can clear additional sections of the database, such as spam comments and transient settings, at regular intervals and automatically.
Hummingbird Plugin Benefits
User experience is one of the major benefits of the Hummingbird plugin. The tools are very easy to use and next to each item there is a description in the form of a tooltip that informs you of its capabilities.
Plugin monitoring system is something that is not seen in other similar plugins and works well with our tests and provides you with good information.
Cache is what you expect from this plugin, but it also comes with the following advanced features:
- Cash pages
- Gravatar cache
- Cancel RSS
- Create expiration date for cache
- preload cache
There are many cache settings in the Hummingbird plugin, and no matter what your website is, you can configure it to suit your needs.
Summary about Hummingbird Plugin
Hummingbird plugin for WordPress is a versatile plugin that has good features of all monitoring systems. In general, we recommend this plugin to all people, both beginners and professionals.