Make Your WordPress Site 38% Faster with Breeze

Cloudways has recently launched a
new caching plugin for WordPress is called

Breeze plugin  aims to optimize the
WordPress site to decrease the page load time
and better user experience. It performs caching at multiple
levels and compatible with WooCommerce
and Multisite too.

Breeze support CDN integration and have built in
varnish cache but don’t worry if varnish is
not installed on your server, it will leverage the internal
caching mechanism.

I thought to try breeze to see how it performs and here is how
I tested.

Prerequisite: you must have PHP 5.3+ and
WordPress 4.5+ versions. It supports PHP 7 too, and if not
upgraded already, you should consider for fast
loading web page experience .

Performance Testing Details

I am using my test domain ( which is hosted on
Site Ground’s Startup
plan  with no other caching plugin installed.

I installed Genesis child theme Maker
Pro with demo content.

Performance Without Plugin

To compare the performance, I performed the
load testing with 50 users for 5 minutes
from Iowa using BlazeMeter and results are:

  • Average response time – 840.09ms
  • Average throughput – 31.51 hits per second

Test result summary without any
caching pluginRequest timeline without

Now you know how WordPress is performing without
installing any plugin
. Let’s install Breeze and see
the difference.

Installing Breeze Plugin

  • Login to WordPress admin
  • Go to Plugins >> Add new
  • Search for breeze and click “Install Now” >> Activate

Once installed, let’s go to Settings >>
for little configuration.

  • On Basic options tab, select HTML &
    CCS for minification

I’ve left JS unchecked as minifying JavaScript may break the
site if not handled properly by theme/plugins

  • Go to Advanced Options and select
    for group files.

By selecting CSS, I am asking to combine all CSS files into one
to reduce the number of HTTP requests. If some files are
creating an issue, you may want to exclude them here.

I would limit to the default + above settings
for this test. Let’s do the performance test again to see the

Performance with Breeze Plugin

I performed the load testing again with the same configuration
using BlazeMeter and result is impressive.

  • Average response time – 522.13ms
  • Average throughput – 40.36 hits per second

Test result summary with Breeze
pluginRequest timeline with

As you can see, just with basic Breeze configuration, a
page is loading ~38% faster

I love BlazeMeter; you can do many things. I took comparison
report of response time as shown below.

Based on test results, Breeze looks promising to give a try.

Breeze got database optimization as well for the following.

  • Post revision cleanup
  • Auto draft content
  • Trashed content
  • Trackback & Pingback
  • Transient options

So if you decide to use Breeze, then you may regularly
perform cleanup
right from database tab without
installing an additional plugin.

As mentioned earlier, Varnish is enabled default and if your
hosting support it, a plugin will take care the rest.

You may also be interested in further
optimizing WordPress without any plugin .

Let me know how Breeze works for you.


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