In this tutorial I will show you the best SG Optimizer settings for a high Google Speed test Score when you are using SiteGround hosting and the Elementor Plugin to design websites.
The SG optimizer plugin is included for free for SiteGround hosting users. So if you don’t use SiteGround you will have to use other plugins to improve the Google Speed test results.
With the default settings for the SG Optimizer the Google Speed test score was not very good, so if you are experiencing the same thing this tutorial will help you to improve the results.
In this video I will also give you some tips to optimize your website speed score.
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Check Google Speed Score (PageSpeed insights)
Go to the free Google Pagespeed insights tool to do a speed test for your website.
Enter the URL and click on analyze to run the speed test.
For this example, I will use the URL for my website. As you can see here the score is shown for Mobile devices. The Performance score on Mobile is 79 and the Accessibility, Best Practices, and SEO scores are all 100.
In general, the scores for Mobile devices are lower compared to the Desktop view.
If you want to view the Desktop device speed test score you can select it by clicking on the tab.
Over here you can see the Performance score is 96 and the Accessibility, Best Practices, and SEO scores are all 100.
It is also possible to achieve the maximum score for all the metrics but then you would have to use a paid plugin.
As I’ve mentioned I want to show you how to get the highest score as possible in the Google Speed test without using any paid plugins. The only plugin I use is the free SG Optimizer plugin that comes free when you have SiteGround hosting.
Site Tools panel Speed settings
So let me show you all the settings you need to do to get good speed test results.
First, let’s go to the Site Tools panel first to check a few simple settings.
In the Site Tools panel of your website, you will see the Speed option in the left menu and there you can select Caching.
In the NGINX Direct Delivery tab, make sure you have the option enabled.
The next thing to do is go to the Memcached tab and make sure that the option is also enabled here.
Now that these options are enabled, we can move on to the SG Optimizer settings in the WordPress dashboard.
SG Optimizer settings for best speed test results
Click on SG Optimizer in the left menu.
Now you see the SG Optimizer dashboard with the options Caching, Environment, Frontend and Media.
You can go through the settings by clicking on the options, but you can also do this via the options in the left menu.
I will show the settings 1 by 1 through the options in the menu from top to bottom.
Caching settings SG Optimizer
Now go to the Caching option in the SG Optimizer menu.
I won’t go into too much detail about what all the options are for in terms of video length. That’s why I’ll keep it short and concise and show you which settings you need to do and I’ll give you some good tips along the way.
Make sure you have the top 3 options enabled.
They are: Dynamic Caching, File-Based Caching and Memcached.
Now scroll down a bit and enable Automatic Purge.
I have disabled the Browser-specific Caching option and you can leave everything else at the default settings.
Environment settings SG Optimizer
Now go to the Environment option in the SG Optimizer menu. Make sure Https Enforce is enabled I’ve also enabled the Fix Insecure content option.
The WordPress Heartbeat Optimization is set to 120 seconds which is recommended.
You can leave everything else at the default settings.
Frontend settings SG Optimizer
I’ll show them 1 by 1 and we’ll start with the CSS settings.
Make sure the Minify CSS Files options is enabled.
Then also enable the Combine CSS Files option.
You can leave the Preload combined CSS option disabled and we’ll leave everything else as it is.
Enable the following options:
You can also leave everything else as it is.
Now we can move on to the General settings.
Here you can enable the Minify the HTML Output option.
After that you can enable the Web Fonts Optimization option,
Now scoll down and enable the Disable Emojis option.
You can leave the remove query strings from static resources disabled and that was all for the Frontend settings.
Media settings SG Optimizer
Now we move on to the SG Optimizer Media settings.
At the top you will see the Image Compression option. As you can see it is enabled and it compresses your images without losing any quality.
To do this you can click on Edit.
I have the compression level set to Medium (60%) and the original images backups disabled.
Click on confirm to compress the images and this can take a couple of minutes.
Now we move on to the next settings. Enable the Use WebP Images option and do the same for Lazy Load Media.
You can also leave everything else at the default settings.
Tips to improve results Google Speed test for Elementor website
Now we are done with the SG Optimzer settings, and I want to give you some tips to achieve a high Google speed score.
Remove unnecessary plugins
Make sure to only have plugins installed and active that are necessary. Remove all the plugins you really don’t need.
Size of images
Use imges with the correct sizes. It can really impact your website if you use images that are not correctly sized. If you use an image for a logo for example make sure that it’s not uploaded in a too large size and the same goes for background images etc.
Keep your website simple
There are many cool features and widgets that you can add to your website.
With Elementor, for example, you have a lot of cool widgets available.
Keep in mind that widgets can have an impact on the Speed test score so Avoid excessive use of widgets.
That’s one reason I just used the text editor on my homepage instead of expandable widgets. As a result, the score has also improved considerably. Therefore, you should keep your site as simple as possible.
Use SEO plugin
To achieve a good score for SEO, it is useful to use a plugin such as Yoast. This allows you to optimize all pages and posts for Google.
In another tutorial I explained step by step how you can optimize your website with Yoast.
Use a Limited number of fonts
Make sure you don’t use too many fonts for your designs. This can limit the speed of your website. Preferably use only 1 or 2 different fonts.
After you have done the SG Optimzer plugin settings and considered the above tips, you can do a speed test for your website.
Then look at the suggestions the Google Speed test gives to improve the scores to determine what else you can do.
Also you’re website is mobile-friendly, for more information check out this tutorial: Google Mobile-Friendly Test: Check Your Website Now!
Unfortunately, there are also certain things that you can’t do much about if you don’t use paid plugins, but if you follow the steps in this tutorial, you should be able to get a pretty good score.
As a result, your website will also have a better chance of ranking higher in Google and generating more traffic.
I hope this video helped you out!
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