Remove Query Strings From Static Resources

 When going through the checklist of what makes a website truly great one characteristic always stands out – speed. Did you know that 1 second of delay in page response time can result in a 7% reduction in conversions? That is why it is extremely important to squeeze just about every ounce of performance from your website, and this emerging WordPress plugin we will talk about today is one of the tools that should be in your arsenal to help you achieve optimal results.

“Remove Query Strings From Static Resources” is a perfect addition to any caching plugin, platform or CDN service you  are currently using. The way it works is by leveraging  your employed caching engines a step further –  most of them do not typically cache resources specified as a parameter (the ones that are specified with the “&” and “?” symbols in CSS/JS ). When you activate the “Remove Query Strings From Static Resources” plugin this should no longer be an issue.

The fastest way to download and install this is:

  • Navigate to your WordPress’ administration area
  • Go to the Plugins > Add New menu
  • Search for “Remove Query Strings From Static Resources”
  • Click on “Install Now” underneath the first result
  • Voila! You are now utilizing the full capabilities of your preferred caching engines!

The best thing about the plugin is that there are no settings/options to play with, it works straight out of the box!

You could see the difference it has made on one of the following measurement websites:

http://tools.pingdom.com/

http://gtmetrix.com/