Swift Performance is relatively new but growing quickly given the results users are seeing.
The plugin has been activated by over 10,000 users and a has healthy 4.3 / 5 rating on WordPress.org (that’s for the ‘lite’ version). The pro version counts over 1,000 happy customers.
In this overview, we cover its main features and share a quick test we’ve done, as well as interview its author, Peter Molnar. He was kind enough to offer readers of the WP Hosting blog an exclusive 30% discount – see below.
- Name: Swift Performance
- Author: Peter Molnar
- Type: Caching & Optimisation
- Installs: 10,000 +
- URL: https://swiftperformance.io/
- Price: Free or from $39 USD (with 12 months’ worth of upgrades and support)
Focused on improving the whole user experience
So, going beyond caching with a more holistic approach to optimisation, Swift Performance features:
- Advanced caching and cache preloading
- Database optimisation
- Extended CDN support
- Browser cache
- Mobile support
- Plugin organiser
- Multisite compatibility
- Remote cronjobs
- CSS optimisation
- Image optimisation
- WooCommerce, WPML Support
- GDPR compliance
- Whitelabel option
A couple of words about the Plugin Organiser function, which allows you to turn off plugins for specific pages where they are not needed, which is both clever and useful.
Plugins are a big part of WordPress, however sometimes not properly written plugins can cause performance issues. With Plugin Organizer you can disable plugins on certain pages, and let plugins run only where it is really necessary. You can set URL match, Frontend, Admin Pages, AJAX action rules and exceptions to get the best results.
Related to this is another selling point: you’ll be able to remove other plugins you are using for optimisation, such as image optimisation and lazyload. Swift Performance claim that its plugin replaces up to 5, which is a form of optimisation too.
Is it worth going pro?
The lite version works as well as any other of the well-known performance plugins. The pro version goes a number of steps further and should definitely be considered by any website owner that values performance.
Here’s what USD $39 a year will buy you:
- Compute API – to speed up the merging process and decrease CPU usage
- Critical Icon Fonts – So that you’re only using the ones you selected for the front end
- Unlimited Image Optimizer – As good as other paid image optimisers available
- Remote CRON – Their API server will call wp-cron.php and run WP cronjobs as real cronjobs
The pro version also includes: no ads and continuous plugin updates, schedule DB Optimize and extended WooCommerce features.
Test driving Swift Performance Lite
We did this in 5 minutes by installing Swift Performance Lite and testing with the settings ‘out of the box’.
Our test site featured the plugins that a typical publiser would want use: Elementor, Advanced Ads, Classic Editor, Contact Form 7, Cookie Notice, Ele Custom Skin, Google Tag Manager for WordPress, Pods, PublishPress, Really Simple SSL, Redirection, SEO Press and Tag Pages.
Before Swift List Performance Lite was installed:
While the Total Page Size wasn’t decreased dramatically the number of Requests was more than halved, resulting in a 30% increase in performance. No doubt we would be able to shave more time off using the pro version.
Disclaimer: just like with purchasing shares and financial products… do your own research. Try our the lite version for yourself and check other (reputable) reviews and comparisons.
Featuring an optimised dashboard too
The team at SWTE Group have done a great job with the interface too, with clearly organised functions and labels, as well as a useful wizard guiding you through the key settings when you activate the plugin in the first place. Also, when you deactivate it you’re given the option to save settings, the warm-up table and log files.
Here’s the Settings screen where you can fine-tune some of the core functions.
Interview with Peter Molnar, author of Swift Performance
Who are you and what’s your background?
My name is Peter, I am a 32-year-old developer. I live in Hungary and in my spare time, work as an ambulance driver :)
When did you start Swift Performance started? Where did the idea come from?
I used to work for a mobile betting website and given Pay Per Click as were very expensive we started optimising for speed to reduce the bounce rate and increase conversions.
After this, I worked on a WordPress theme called Fevr and wanted to make it the fastest one on the market. Fevr’s performance module was the very first version of Swift Performance.
What does Swift do? Why is it different?
There are many optimizer/cache plugins on the market, but Swift is an all in one solution — it can replace 4-5 plugins. Also Swift has some unique features, like Async Script execution, Smart Youtube Embed, Critical CSS on the fly, etc.
Have you measured how effective Swift is? Perhaps via a ‘before and after’ test?
Of course, we made a lot of tests, but there are many factors involved.. the theme, plugins used and content. With proper configuration, the first contentful paint almost always can be between 0.3-0.6s.
Who are your typical customers?
We have a lot of individual customers, like bloggers, shop owners, but also a lot of agencies are using Swift (thanks to the developer license option).
What are your plans with Swift in the future?
I think Swift is already one of the most powerful optimization plugins, at the moment we are working to make it easier to use even for nontechnical users. Also, we’re always thinking of new features to add so stay tuned and follow us :)
What marketing tactics have worked well top promote Swift?
We don’t use marketing tactics – except affiliate marketing – our customers recommend it to each other ;)
To conclude, what’s the best business advice that you’ve ever received?
Hear the customers’ feedbacks, and develop… continuously.
Get 30% off Swift Performance Pro for life!
Peter and his team have put together a solid product by thinking about what the customer needs and real-world benefits increased performance can bring. Having worked for a gambling co. and competed for very expensive keywords he knows very well that shaving a couple of seconds off page load time translates to increased sales, which is the same point we make when talking to our WooCommerce hosting customers.
We thank Peter for answering our questions and generosity: you can get 30% off Swift Performance Pro for life – see above.