Hummingbird Pro – WordPress Speed Optimization Plugin

WPMU DEV membership comes with many benefits. Hummingbird Pro plugin is one of them. To see the pros of this plugin, a free 7 day trial is available for all users and plans.

Google PageSpeed Score is one of the common metrics to test the page loading speed of a website.

WPMU DEV hummingbird also gives the Core Web Vitals of the PAGE. It is useful to know whether the plugin has fully optimized your site speed or not!

The most worthy assets are your JS, CSS and HTML files for a static site. Hummingbird Asset Optimization is the key feature of this performance plugin.

Optimize pages, compress files, CSS above the fold are important benefits of this module.

Images and content do not change on publication. Same content delivered to visitors in different locations.

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Hummingbird Pro – Benefits

  • Dashboard
    It will show the latest stats of optimization done to your site.
  • Performance Test
    In-built inside the plugin. Core Web Vitals using the UX Report of Chrome.
  • Caching
    Hummingbird page speed optimization can be done using these features.
  • GZIP Compression
    Compress components with GZIP WordPress plugin and style sheets before sending them over to the browser.
  • Asset Optimization
    Optimizing your assets will compress and organize them in a way that improves page load times.
  • Uptime
    Uptime monitors your server response time and lets you know when your website is down or too slow for your visitors.
  • Settings
    Usage Tracking, Translation, Import and Export settings.

Dashboard

You can activate several modules of the plugin from this page itself. For example, my mobile score is 65 using this speed optimization plugin.

Score metrics. You can run a pagespeed test from here. This is useful to test the SEO changes you have made to your site. GZIP compression enabled. So many things in summary can be understood from this main interface.

Hummingbird Performance

Once you have run the test, the following modules are available here.

  1. Score Metrics
  2. Audits
  3. Historic Field Data
  4. Reporting
  5. Settings

You can run a new test from here. The Score metrics will show the latest Core Web Vitals along with other parameters.

  • Speed Index
  • First Contentful Paint
  • First Meaningful Paint
  • Time to Interactive
  • First CPU Idle

Audits tab will show the opportunities, diagnostics and passed audits.

hummingbird pro speed test results

Chrome User Experience Report is used to give historic field data. The Chrome User Experience Report does not have sufficient real-world speed data for this page. Note: This report can take months to populate and is aimed at well established websites.

Source: google.com

Enable scheduled performance tests and get the customized results emailed directly to your inbox.

Choose from daily, weekly or monthly email reports.

Caching

There are different types of caching under this tab. These are the crux for making your site blazingly fast.

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Page Caching

Hummingbird stores static HTML copies of your pages and posts to decrease page load time.

Page Types

Select which page types you wish to cache. Select which page types you wish to cache.

By default, Hummingbird waits until someone visits your page before generating a cached version. Enable this feature to automatically create cached versions of your homepage or any page or post.

Enable this feature to automatically clear cache at regular intervals only if you are required to do so. Frequent cache clearing can create significant server issues.

Browser Caching

Store temporary data on your visitors’ devices so that they don’t have to download assets twice if they don’t have to. This results in a much faster second time round page load speed.

Gravatar Caching

Gravatar Caching stores local copies of avatars used in comments and in your theme. You can control how often you want the cache purged depending on how your website is set up.

RSS Caching

By default, WordPress will cache your RSS feeds to reduce the load on your server – which is a great feature. Hummingbird gives you control over the expiry time, or you can disable it all together.

Integrations

Redis is an open source tool for storing data in memory which is used as a database, cache and message broker. It supports many data structures such as strings, hashes and lists and can be easily enabled.

GZIP compression

It drastically reduces transfer time since the files are much smaller.

  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
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Asset Optimization

You can choose to use our automated options, or manually configure each file yourself.

  • Automatic, Manual
  • Speedy option can be selected under Automatic.
  • Automatically optimize and compress all files.
  • CSS above the fold – Drastically reduce your page load time by moving all of your stylesheets to the footer to force them to load after your content.
hummingbird pro asset optimization

This will result in the content loading quickly, with the styling followed shortly after.

  1. Add critical layout and styling CSS here. We will insert into <style> tags in your <head> section of each page.
  2. Next, switch to the advanced area of asset optimization and move all of your CSS files to the footer area.

CSS to insert into your <head> area

Settings

File Location – Choose where Hummingbird should store your modified assets.

Super-compress my files – Compress your files up to 2x more with our enhanced optimization engine.

Enable WPMU DEV CDN Host your files on WPMU DEV’s secure and hyper fast CDN

Debug – Turn on the debug log to get insight into any issues you’re having.

Hummingbird – optimize speed, enable cache, minify css & defer critical js

URL Query Strings

Some proxy caching servers and even some CDNs cannot cache static assets with query strings, resulting in a large missed opportunity for increased speeds.

WooCommerce Cart Fragments

Hummingbird WooCommerce uses ajax calls to update cart totals without refreshing the page. These ajax calls run on every page and can drastically increase page load times. We recommend disabling cart fragments on all non-WooCommerce pages.

Emojis

WordPress adds Javascript and CSS files to convert common symbols like “:)” to visual emojis. If you don’t need emojis this will remove two unnecessary assets.

Prefetch DNS Requests

Speeds up web pages by pre-resolving DNS. In essence it tells a browser it should resolve the DNS of a specific domain prior to it being explicitly called – very useful if you use third party services.

Database cleanup

Cleanup your database of unnecessary data you probably don’t need that’s slowing down your server. You can schedule daily, weekly or monthly automatic cleanups.

Lazy Load

Lazy loading delays loading specific content to speed up the overall pagespeed. In particular, sites with lots of comments, iframes and images can slow down over time.

System Information – Use this info if you are having issues with Hummingbird and your server setup. It will give you the most up to date information about your stack.

Site Health – Site Health provides plugin information and advanced database usage information to fix critical site issues, right inside the plugin.

Uptime

Activate Uptime and make sure your website is always online.

Settings

Translations

By default, Hummingbird will use the language you’d set in your WordPress Admin Settings if a matching translation is available.

Usage Tracking

Help make Hummingbird better by letting our designers learn how you’re using the plugin.

Import

Use this tool to import the Hummingbird configuration from another site.

Export

Export your Hummingbird configuration as a JSON file to use on other sites.

Uninstallation

When you uninstall this plugin, what do you want to do with your settings and stored data?

Reset Settings

Needing to start fresh? Use this button to roll back to the default settings.

Accessibility

Color Accessibility – Increase the visibility and accessibility of elements and components to meet WCAG AAA requirements.

Enable support for any accessibility enhancements available in the plugin interface.

Source – Hummingbird Performance Plugin Usage Documentation | WPMU DEV

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