Hummingbird Page Speed Optimization

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Hummingbird makes your website faster by adding new ways to boost Google PageSpeed Insights with fine-tuned controls over file compression, deferring CSS and Javascript styles and scripts, minify for .CSS and .JS, Lazy Load integration and world-class caching.

Hummingbird is brought to you by the WordPress speed specialists that created Smush image optimization now active on more than +1 million websites. Get the complete speed boost with Hummingbird and Smush.

If PageSpeed Insights is making these speed recommendations Hummingbird can help:

  • Enable text compression - Use gzip to make your site fly
  • Preconnect to required origins - Use Hummingbird to establish earlier connections
  • Preload key requests - Prioritize resources based on order
  • Avoids enormous network payloads - Consider Lazy Load for comments or breaking up smaller posts
  • Uses efficient cache - The Hummingbird Cache suite offers effective browser cache
  • Fix your JavaScript execution time - Deliver smaller JS payloads
  • Minify CSS - Strip unused code from your .CSS style sheets
  • Minify JavaScript - Speed up the time it takes to parse your JS files
  • Eliminate render-blocking resources - Move critical CSS and JS inline and defer all non-critical JS/styles
  • Defer unused CSS - Defer the loading of CSS not used for above-the-fold content
  • Lazy Load offscreen images (Smush free integration)

Hummingbird scans your site and provides one-click fixes to speed up WordPress in a flash.

Youll get faster loading pages, higher search rankings and PageSpeed scores, and happier visitors with Hummingbirds WordPress speed optimization.

Features Available in Hummingbird Include:

  • Scan and Fix Get a scan of your site, find out whats slowing it down, and use one-click performance improvements to make critical speed improvements
  • World-class caching A full caching suite to load pages faster with full-page, Gravatar and browser cache tools
  • Performance Reports Pro tips for running your site at super speed
  • Asset Optimization Position, minify and combine Javascript and CSS files for top performance
  • Better Rankings improve scores on Google PageSpeed Insights (SEO ranking factor), YSlow, Pingdom and GTmetrix
  • Increase Your Conversion Rate - Dont keep visitors waiting: faster sites convert better
  • GZIP Compression Blazing fast HTML, JavaScript, and stylesheet (CSS) transfer

Hummingbird Features to Speed Up WordPress

Scan and One-Click Fix

Hummingbird is a WordPress speed optimization plugin. It will scan your site, find files that are slowing it down, and provide tips and fixes for making your site run at top speed.

Hummingbird even has one-click improvements like a full cache suite, one-click minify for styles and scripts and deferring CSS and JS for quickly optimizing performance. What could be easier!

World-Class Caching

Youll get a world-class caching suite, including full-page, browser, and Gravatar cache.

Make your site load even faster with Hummingbirds complete set of cache tools that give your visitors a faster browsing experience. Including full-page, browser and Gravatar caching.

Asset Optimization

Did you know that the more files you add to your sites header, the slower it will load? With Hummingbird, you can easily customize the load position of your CSS, JavaScript (defer CSS and Javascript) and other files to increase your page speed.

Quickly reorder, compress and reposition files with Hummingbirds minification feature. But play carefully minification is a powerful tool (though if you need it, you can reset any changes you make in one click).

Transfer Data at Top Speed With GZIP

Hummingbird has GZIP powers to make sharing your site more efficient.

Sending zipped files is faster and can save you money on hosting. And dont worry about setup, send Hummingbird instructions with the click of a button and shell handle the rest.

Built-in Cloudflare Integration

Hummingbird can be used to control your Cloudflare browser cache settings as well! Simply add your Cloudflare API key and configure away.

Fully Compatible With Smush Image Optimization

You can complement Hummingbirds WordPress speed optimization features with our award-winning sister-plugin Smush image optimization. Smush compresses your images, giving your site less to load and thus a faster load time. Hummingbird + Smush integrate perfectly together, and are the perfect match to speed up WordPress.

Compress, optimize (optimise), and fix PageSpeed performance with properly sized images, lazy load, next-gen WebP convert, image formatting and more.

Faster Websites Rank Higher, Convert Better

Every millisecond counts: your visitors expect an ever-faster website, with a page load time of under two seconds expected -- and the norm. If visitors dont get that on your site, they will leave.

If youre running a business website or eCommerce store, that means if your website does not load quickly, you will lose sales.

Hummingbird is here to help you: its a one of a kind WordPress performance optimization plugin that can make your site run at superspeed, for free!

You get our WordPress performance optimization suite, which includes minification and GZIP for small page sizes, full caching for faster loading, and integration with Cloudflares browser cache and our sister-plugin Smush image optimization.

Hummingbird is built with ease-of-use in mind: it makes your WordPress site faster, but its also fast to set up. You can scan your site and implement recommended changes in one-click, getting a fast site in mere minutes.

All the above is free and will speed up WordPress for you. If you need the very fastest WordPress site, you should get WPMU DEV Membership.

Our Membership gives you access to Hummingbird Pro which features automated scanning, uptime monitoring, enhanced minify compression (with 2x the regular optimization), CDN hosted minification alongside Smush Pro image optimization, all our premium WordPress plugins, and 24/7 WordPress support.

Its an incredible deal, and you can find out more here.

However, if youd like automated scanning, uptime monitoring, enhanced minify compression with up to 2x the regular optimization, CDN hosted minification and Smush Pro image optimization you can always take the next step with a WPMU DEV Membership.

What do People say About Hummingbird?

Hummingbird is so easy to use. I thought it wouldn't change my speed much because I already made improvements. I ran the scan, it gave me recommendations, I pushed a button to apply them and it made my site even faster! - Camilo

Hummingbird is getting smarter with each update. Today it's become so good that it forced me to remove giant cache and optimization plugins like WP Super Cache and WP Sweep because now Hummingbird includes all those features but in a more impressive way. - swagatam1975

Hummingbird took me from 32 to 84 on Google page speed plus made my site 50% faster on GTmetrix! - Nicolas

I just built a real bloated sack of crap of a WP site, and after configuring Hummingbird and letting it do its thing, the site is actually fast much faster than it has any right to be...Im impressed. - Cacarr

A Note From Hummingbird

Hey! This is Hummingbird, your trusted solution to speed up WordPress. Im part of the WPMU DEV team, a superhero-suite of WordPress plugins, services, and support. Here are some of our other free plugins:

  • Smush - Image Compression and Optimization
  • Forminator - Form, Quiz, Poll and Survey Builder
  • Hustle - Pop-ups, Slide-ins and Email Opt-ins

And if you need ALL our Pro plugins AND 24/7 WordPress support, get WPMU DEV membership! You can try it for free:

My superhero friends run the WPMU DEV Blog, your source for the very best WordPress tutorials. If you need to be in the know about WordPress, check it out.

Thanks for looking at Hummingbird, and I look forward to flying through your site to make it faster than ever.

Enjoy, The Hummingbird

Releases (27 )

Version Release Date Change Log
2.4.2 2020-03-17

( 2020-03-17 ) = - Fix: Plugin deactivation not removing advanced-cache.php file

2.4.1 2020-03-02

( 2020-03-02 ) = - Fix: Plugin copy updates

2.4.0 2020-02-13

( 2020-02-03 ) = - New: Option to exclude assets from CDN - New: Integration with Beaver Builder to clear asset optimization and page cache - Enhance: Plugins page links - Enhance: Page Cache error handling on the Hub - Enhance: Move WooCommerce session cookie to default exclusion list - Enhance: Compatibility with ReCaptcha v2 for Contact Form 7 - Enhance: Update browser cache expiry recommendations to 1 year - Enhance: Update asset optimization CDN expiry to 1 year - Fix: Do not preload cache on menu update/save - Fix: Asset Optimization not properly parsing some assets from the footer - Fix: Remove Take a Tour button from network admin Asset Optimization page - Fix: Do not rewrite critical.css file on updates - Fix: Fatal errors when logger class could not be found - Fix: Gzip compression module links - Fix: Compatibility with WooCommerce Product Filter - Fix: 502 errors with Gravatar caching and pingbacks

trunk 2020-01-15
2.2.2 2019-12-13

( 2019-11-13 ) = - Fix: Duplicate preloading of home page - Fix: Front page preloader stuck in a loop on some hosts - Fix: Cache preloader settings

2.1.1 2019-10-03

( 2019-09-10 ) = - Fix: PHP Fatal Error on outdated PHP versions

2.1.0 2019-09-03

( 2019-08-29 ) = - New: Add/remove new recipients for Uptime notifications - New: Serve compressed versions of cached files - New: Allow excluding pages with specific cookies from caching - New: Page Caching option to skip mobile devices - New: Page Caching option to clear page cache on comment post - New: Page Caching option to clear cache at set intervals - New: Preload page caching - New: SiteGround integration - New: WP Engine integration - New: OPcache integration - New: Varnish integration - New: Asset optimization tour - Enhance: Asset optimization publish changes button layout - Fix: Page Caching control on subsites - Fix: Asset Optimization inlining only compressed assets - Fix: Asset Optimization tooltips - Fix: Performance scan not showing progress when started from quick setup - Fix: PHP warning in Page Caching module when $wphb_fs was not initialized - Fix: PHP warning in Page Caching when compression option was enabled

2.0.1 2019-07-03

( 2019-07-01 ) = - New: Upgrade page - Enhance: Show Smush meta box on dashboard in network installs - Enhance: Allow activating Gravatar and Page caching modules from dashboard - Enhance: Do not reschedule performance reports if no reports are enabled - Enhance: Uninstall procedure - Enhance: IE 11 compatibility - Enhance: Uninstall procedures - Enhance: Divi integration - Enhance: WP Hide & Security Enhancer compatibility - Enhance: Asset Optimization processing inline assets - Fix: Warnings from Page Caching module during uninstall - Fix: PHP notice when saving Performance report settings on main site in a network install - Fix: Asset Optimization filters - Fix: Asset Optimization PHP 5.4 incompatibility - Fix: Asset Optimization tooltips - Fix: Asset Optimization stripping slashes from local compressed files - Fix: Hide scheduled database cleanup from subsites - Fix: PHP warning when updating from Free to Pro - Fix: wphb_page_cache_custom_terms filter in multisite - Fix: Performance report audits classifications - Fix: Undefined index HTTP_HOST notice - Fix: Allow using / in user exclusion rules in Page Caching module 2019-05-06

( 2019-05-03 ) = - Fix: Frontend extra padding issue 2019-04-10

( 2019-03-25 ) = - Fix: Only cache valid http responses (skip 30x, 40x, 50x error codes)

1.9.3 2018-12-12

( 2018-12-06 ) = - New: Download and clear Asset Optimization logs on multisite - New: Color accessibility option - New: wphb_shold_cache_request_pre action hook to exclude requests from caching - New: Whitelabeling option when used with Dashboard plugin - Enhance: Remove activation redirect to plugin page, add pointer for new users - Enhance: Do not cache pages with wp_woocommerce_session_* cookies - Enhance: Do not redirect to plugin page after clearing cache - Enhance: Compatibility with Hub actions - Enhance: Do not recreate advanced-cache.php if already exists - Enhance: WPMU DEV hosting integration with Asset Optimization - Fix: Do not trigger new Asset Optimization scan in filters - Fix: UI overlapping issues on Asset Optimization page - Fix: Loader icons not showing progress in Database Optimization module - Fix: Compatibility with Ultimate Branding - Fix: Page caching not properly processing late init scripts - Fix: PHP warnings in settings-hooks.php

1.9.2 2018-09-17

( 2018-08-15 ) = - New: Asset Optimization ability to regenerate single files - New: Auto clear out logs that are older than 30 days - New: Action hooks: wphb_get_performance_report, wphb_clear_page_cache and wphb_delete_db_data - New: REST API endpoints for gzip compression, browser caching and clearing caches - New: GDPR policy text - Enhance: Improve support for Bedrock installations - Enhance: Improve tooltips on Asset Optimization page - Enhance: Improve UI in Asset Optimization module - Enhance: Log file control for Asset Optimization and Page Caching modules - Fix: Errors in Asset Optimization module on WordPress versions 4.6 and lower - Fix: Messages in Asset Optimization dashboard module in network admin - Fix: PHP warnings after ignoring performance reports - Fix: Incorrect stats calculations in Asset Optimization module, when there are assets bigger than 1 Mb in size - Fix: Asset optimization scans getting stuck on some installs - Fix: Compatibility with WordPress 4.6

1.9.1 2018-06-26

( 2018-06-19 ) = - New: Icons for modules on Dashboard page - New: Summary module meta box on caching pages - New: Retain Asset Optimization settings on recheck of files - Enhance: Optimize stylesheets and javascript code - Enhance: Replace plugin menu icon font with inline SVG - Enhance: Various UI/UX improvements - Enhance: Compression savings calculations - Enhance: Database cleanup module to use builtin WordPress functions to clean expired transients - Enhance: Cloudflare meta box behavior - Enhance: Handling of individual expiry settings in Browser Caching module - Enhance: Better sync with the Hub - Fix: Gzip compression not properly detected on some sites - Fix: PHP warning during cron performance report - Fix: PHP warning after clicking on configure link on the Dashboard Advanced Tools meta box - Fix: RTL styles in CDN will now be processed correctly - Fix: Asset Optimization module incorrectly showing 0% savings - Fix: Asset Optimization module include/exclude toggle not enabling Publish Changes button - Fix: Translation strings - Fix: Clear cache button on admin tab not working properly on some installs

1.9.0 2018-06-04

( 2018-05-29 ) = - New: Page caching dynamic page types - New: Define the path where to store optimized assets - New: Advanced Tools now available on multisite installs - Fix: Asset optimization error during minify process - Fix: Remove invalid link to configure browser caching in IIS 6 - Fix: Hide clear cache notice when setting file change detection to auto - Fix: Incorrect link on the Gzip compression and Browser caching modules - Fix: Performance report colors, icons and buttons - Enhance: Asset Optimization UI - Enhance: Asset Optimization re-check expiry button functionality - Enhance: Asset Optimization handling of root-relative URLs when using CDN - Enhance: Asset Optimization fonts moved to Other section in the file list - Enhance: Asset Optimization size handling of compressed assets - Enhance: Publish changes notice is now less invasive - Enhance: Error handling in Cloudflare module - Enhance: Optimize performance on Caching modules - Enhance: Prefetch DNS values are empty by default, with the ability to auto paste in recommended defaults - Enhance: Clear cache notices will not show on subsites in a multisite network - Enhance: Hummingbird will no longer store user selected server type and always show detected server

1.8.2 2018-05-10

( 2018-04-24 ) = - New: System Information module in Advanced Tools - Enhance: Improve caching notices - Enhance: Remove clear cache notice in Asset Optimizztion when re-checking files - Enhance: Asset Optimization performance improvements - Enhance: Asset Optimization log option in multisite moved to network settings - Fix: Performance test previous score not updated - Fix: Links in performance reports in multisite are not always redirecting to correct page - Fix: PHP 5.2 compatibility - Fix: Various UI fixes and improvements - Fix: Browser caching changes not reflected when selecting LiteSpeed server - Fix: Asset Optimization incorrect states for some files - Fix: CDN option changing state during a new scan - Fix: Remove wphb_minify_clear_files cron task when Asset Optimization module is not enabled - Fix: Warnings during ignore performance report

1.8.1 2018-04-16

( 2018-04-11 ) = - New: Option to auto clear cache on plugin/theme update - New: Option to hide all notices - New: Option to show clear cache button on the admin bar - Enhance: Various performance improvements and tweaks - Enhance: Removed duplicate queries - Enhance: Optimize database writes/reads - Enhance: Keep compression settings when switching from advanced to basic view in asset optimization - Enhance: Javascript code optimization - Enhance: Improve WP_CACHE detection to avoid PHP warnings on some configurations - Enhance: Increased expiry time for files in asset optimization module - Fix: Remove RSS feeds from page caching - Fix: Empty exclusion rules in page cache settings were halting all page caching - Fix: Publish changes button not working after bulk updates - Fix: Page caching exclusion rules will now only escape the dot in the file extension (if present) - Fix: Product page type not showing in page caching settings 2018-03-15

( 2018-03-14 ) = - Fix: API spam issue - Fix: Performance scans not returning any results on some hosts - Fix: High CPU usage with wphb-check-cf checks 2018-03-12

( 2018-03-08 ) = - Fix: Cached with Hummingbird comment shows on top of the page

1.7.2 2018-02-09

( 2018-02-06 ) = - New: Minification logging - New: Performance reports for subsites - Enhance: PHP 7.2 compatibility - Enhance: Better support for installs where SSH of FTP filesystem methods are used - Enhance: Texts in tooltips and notices in minification module - Enhance: Improve dashboard performance module UI - Enhance: Page caching will now add die() to the header of cached files and logs to improve security - Enhance: Better integration with Divi theme - Enhance: Minification UI - Enhance: Uptime UI - Fix: Page caching will not be halted forever if minification scan fails to finish - Fix: Minification not enqueuing some scripts correctly (better support for Google maps, Google reCAPTCHA) - Fix: Page cache not updated when comments added on multisite subdirectory installs - Fix: Layout issues on IE11 - Fix: Hummingbird causing Internal server 500 error on some hosts - Fix: Typos on browser caching page and membership modal

1.7.1 2018-02-05

( 2017-01-15 ) = - New: Download log button in page caching module - New: Minification screen has been split into beginner and advanced views - New: Minification advanced view allows manipulations with jquery, jquery-core and jquery-migrate files - Enhance: Page caching module checking for wp-content directory and wp-config.php file - Enhance: Hummingbird will convert any path to regex expression in exclusion rules in page caching module - Enhance: Compatibility with Bedrock - Enhance: Detection and handling of WP_CACHE constant in wp-config.php file - Enhance: More informative tooltips for caching modules - Fix: Minification not always correctly detecting when HTTP/2 is used - Fix: Cloudflare integration shows empty zone when website domain includes www - Fix: Notices during page/post edit when page caching is active 2017-11-17

( 2017-11-14 ) = - New: Debugging option for page caching - New: Support for DONOTCACHEPAGE - Fix: Ability to disable minification on multisite - Fix: Rating message shown on Pro version and without a 7 day delay - Enhance: Description on clear cache notice - Enhance: Better support for clearing cache for post/page taxonomies - Enhance: Do not try to cache pages if advanced-cache.php can't load page caching class

1.6.2 2017-10-02

( 2017-10-02 ) = - Fix: API spamming issue

1.6.1 2017-09-18

( 2017-09-13 ) = - New: Add font types to browser and cache rules - New: Automatic detection of HTTP/2 and disable of combine function in minification - Enhance: Add a button to the cache page for saving settings (instead of ajax) - Enhance: Add a scrollbar to expiry settings dropdown - Enhance: Better sync between Hummingbird and the Hub - Enhance: Improve error and zone handling for Cloudflare - Enhance: Links to support articles will now open in a new window - Enhance: Gravatar caching will respect the classes of original HTML elements - Enhance: Accessibility on hidden form elements - Enhance: Gzip module page layout - Enhance: Add Gravatar support when using get_avatar_url() - Fix: Uninstall will clean out all the database rows, created by the plugin - Fix: Layout issues on caching page - Fix: Notice styles - Fix: Do not cache Gravatars in admin - Fix: Update translation strings - Fix: Minification link visible in admin bar for non-admins in multisite - Fix: Incorrect date on dashboard and Uptime module when site is down

1.6.0 2017-08-08

( 2017-08-07 ) = - New: Gravatar caching - New: Caching module layout - New: Ability to defer scripts in minification - Enhance: Better detect GZIP and browser cache - Enhance: Do not minify files that are already minified by a theme or a plugin - Enhance: Better support for older PHP versions (5.2 and 5.3) - Enhance: Improve admin notice styles, make notices dismissable - Enhance: Improve dashboard layout - Enhance: Better connectivity with the Hub - Enhance: Better support for support for screen readers - Fix: Overlapping issues in dashboard - Fix: PHP notices on dashboard page and during activation/deactivation - Fix: Minification not working on some subsites in a network - Fix: Minification stuck at 10% on some installs

1.5.5 2017-08-03
1.5.4 2017-07-13

( 2017-07-13 ) = - Fix: Cron reports were stuck on a loop on some WordPress installations - Fix: Issue with reports and calculating UTC time - Fix: Minification was duplicating inline styles - Fix: IE incompatibility in magnification screen - Fix: Compatibility with Contact Form 7 - Fix: Mobile menus not working on Performance and Minification pages - Enhance: Remove jQuery and jQuery migrate from minification process - Enhance: Minor style changes and updates - Enhance: Cron reports functionality - Enhance: Code optimization - Enhance: Admin area performance improvements

1.5.3 2017-07-04

( 2017-06-21 ) = - Fix: Avada & Google Maps scripts incompatibility - Fix: Bulk update not working when selecting all items in minification screen - Fix: Minification engine sometimes forget about files and did not clean them - Fix: Minification was always showing 0% saved in some cases - Fix: Enjoy pro features notice does not go away - Fix: Performance scans were not active for some users of the free version of the plugin - Enhance: Some code optimizations in few areas - Enhance: Minified files are now processed in a background task and in a bigger batch - Enhance: Some minor styles changes - Enhance: Use CDN option is not available in sites of a multisite anymore and is controlled from network admin - Enhance: Improved activation logic for free/pro versions - Some other minor fixes and refactoring