SG Optimizer is the optimization plugin provided by SiteGround for use with their hosting services. It has multiple optimization features like minification, concatenation, image compression, webp conversion etc.
In this post, I will walk you through all of the features of the SG Optimizer plugin and will explain their purpose.
SG Optimizer Features
I have listed the main features of SG Optimizer.
- SuperCacher Settings
- Environment Optimization
- Frontend Optimization
- Media Optimization
- Speed Test
Now, let’s go through all of these.
Here, you will find all of the settings related to SuperCacher. You can enable or disable dynamic caching, Memcached, etc.
You can also exclude URLs from the cache and also enable browser-specific caching. Browser-specific caching should be enabled if your site is using AMP.
Here, you will find alll of the settings related to HTTPS, heartbeat, DNS prefetch, etc.
You can also schedule database maintenance which will perform the following tasks once a week:
- Perform Database Optimization for MyISAM tables
- Delete all automatically created post and page drafts
- Delete all page and post revisions
- Delete all posts and pages in your Trash
- Delete all comments marked as Spam
- Delete all expired Transients
Here, you can find everything from HTML, JS, CSS minification and concatenation. You can also preload CSS, disable emojis and can also enable web font optimization.
From here, you can optimize your media with the help of image compression and webp conversion. You can also enable lazy loading for images, videos, iframes, etc.
On this page, you can test your website’s performance using Google Page Insights.
Here you can control your Cloudflare settings.
From here, you can enable full-page caching at at Cloudflare edges using Cloudflare workers.
Performance Comparison Between Enabling and Disabling SG Optimizer
Below, I have compared the performance difference between keeping SG Optimizer enabled and keeping it disabled. The setup is as follows:
- Hosting plan used – GoGeek
- Theme used – Twenty TwentyOne
- CDN used – None
As you can see, the load times are similar BUT the page speed has decreased and also the number of requests have decreased too!
I really hope that this post has helped you to find your way around SG Optimizer. If you have any queries or suggestions, then please let me know in the comments down below.