FlyingPress Review: 12 Reasons Why You Should Use It

In this FlyingPress review, we list 12 reasons why WordPress users should use this cache plugin, along with all the potential drawbacks.
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FlyingPress is a paid WordPress cache and optimization plugin built to improve the performance of WordPress sites. Developed by Gijo Varghese, a promising WordPress speed expert. You can get a superfast WordPress site with it.

Nowadays, most paid cache plugins don’t improve website speed and keep unnecessary features like removing XML-RPC, links, and dashicons.

But FlyingPress isn’t bloated with features or complicated to set up. You can use it seamlessly, even if you don’t know the basics.

The good thing is that FP optimizes the website’s speed for both humans and speed metrics. Most plugins are designed to trick page metrics by skipping some elements of the page, but for actual users, the website is super slow.

So, in this FlyingPress review, I will list 12 reasons why WordPress users may want to use this cache plugin on their websites. Additionally, I go over all the potential drawbacks.

1. Simple User Interface

FlyingPress User Interface

An intuitive user interface is one of the most valuable features of any product. Imagine cache plugins like W3 Total Cache, Swift Performance, or even LiteSpeed Cache; the UI for those plugins is not easily navigable, particularly W3TC. They make it easy for non-techies to mess up. (even for developers.)

However, FlyingPress is the most straightforward UI cache plugin I’ve found. Sure, plugins like WP Rocket and WP Fastest Cache user interfaces are ideal, but their features aren’t that impressive. (Lack of features and outdated).

FlyingPress simplifies website speed optimization for new or experienced WordPress users thanks to its uncomplicated, user-friendly interface.

You don’t have to configure many settings, but it’ll speed up your site. Hence, if you are a person who loves simple UI/UX without any difficulties, FP may be the most suitable cache plugin for you. (whether you’re a novice or pro).

2. Image and iFrame Optimization

Media files and images are one of the most significant resources for website owners. Also, one of the biggest reasons websites take so long to load.

Image Optimization

FlyingPress Image Optimization Settings

I think you should optimize your images before uploading them to a website. If you want to compress or resize your photos, you can use online tools like Image Resizer or software features like Adobe Photoshop’s save-to-web.

Cache plugins usually don’t optimize images. However, FP has valuable features for optimizing images, and FlyingCDN makes it even easier.

  • Lazy load images: This is a common feature in cache plugins. The good news is that FP lets you exclude pictures above the fold from lazy loading, allowing you to exclude images from the top of the page. If you want to exclude them manually, just add the image URLs.
  • Fill in missing dimensions: automatically add missing width and height attributes to images to minimize layout shifts.
  • Local Gravatar: It downloads and saves Gravatar images on your web server to speed up your site. And minimize external requests.
  • Preload critical images: preload images for the first render, such as a logo, header picture, and other images above the fold required for the first view. It minimizes the impact of overall layout shifts.
  • Responsive images: image optimization at the CDN edge, but you have to pay for FlyingCDN. Adapt your images to fit on the page.

IFrame Optimization

iFrame Settings

Iframes are HTML frames that load a different HTML page within a layout. They are commonly found on websites such as embedded YouTube and other videos. FlyingPress has two essential features for iframe optimization:

  1. Lazy load: This stops iFrames from loading until needed.
  2. YouTube placeholder images: It’s handy if you use YouTube videos on your site. This can replace YouTube iFrames with placeholder images and load the video only when the user clicks on the image.

3. Automated CSS Optimization

There are a lot of factors that make a WordPress site challenging to optimize, and CSS is one of them. Most cache plugins don’t optimize CSS correctly and cause websites to crash. However, FlyingPress CSS sets are safe, will not cause your site to crash, and include some clever methods for CSS optimization.

FlyingPress CSS Optimization Settings

Here are some:

Minify CSS: With FP, users can remove empty spaces and comments and reduce property values to make CSS files smaller. Thanks to this safe CSS refinement feature, any site won’t crash.

Unused CSS: WordPress has a lot of unused CSS that needs to be optimized. Regarding this issue, most plugin refinements cause the website to crash. However, FP allows you to optimize unused CSS effectively. It lets you load unused CSSs asynchronouslyon user interaction, or by removing them.

The “Remove” option works fine for small static websites. Asynchronously or through on-user interaction is the safest way to load unused CSS after rendering used CSS for other average and dynamic websites.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with what works for your website. I usually use “on user interaction.”. Users can also ignore stylesheets by entering the URL or path of CSS files that shouldn’t be removed.

Skip Lazy render elements

Lazy render elements: this strategy allows you to skip elements on a page until the user attracts them. It can speed up the site and improve page load time. Use this feature by choosing CSS selectors that target the parts to lazy-render.

WP elements like comments and footer parts don’t need to load fast. With the latest update, users can even pick elements from the block/Gutenberg editor.

4. Simple Font Adjustments

Sure, fonts are simple, but most aren’t optimized and can significantly slow down WordPress websites, primarily if you use Google fonts.

FlyingPress Font Adjustments

Hence, to avoid external fonts messing up any website, the most effective strategy is to use one or two fonts and host them on your server instead of external ones.

With the FlyingPress cache plugin, users can optimize both Google fonts and those hosted on the web server by combining and self-hosting them.

It allows users to preload font files that should be preloaded as a high priority for self-hosted fonts. Also, it supports fallback fonts, so it’s good to keep text visible when web fonts are loading.

5. Easy Bloat Removal

Bloating on any website or database can result in the website running slowly or not working correctly. There are a lot of bloated and unnecessary elements in most WP themes and plugins, even in the WordPress core features.

Bloat Removal Features

This cache plugin does not have asset optimizations like Perfmatter. However, it has a few basic bloat-removal features that are useful for most websites.

Here are a few useful ones:

  • Disable Google Fonts: If you don’t use Google Fonts on your website, this will reduce your external requests.
  • Disable XML-RPC: There’s no reason to keep XML-RPC active since it’s not needed anymore. It also leads to security holes.
  • Disable RSS feed: Users can keep track of their favorite sites with RSS feeds. But I think this is outdated and doesn’t matter anymore.
  • Disable Emojis: Emojis in WordPress core aren’t necessary. It’s not a big deal, but you can remove it by ticking the box.
  • Control Post Revisions: I think 5 revisions are enough for an average site. This will keep you from adding too much bloat.
  • Control Heartbeat: You can set the heartbeat frequency and control the WordPress Heartbeat API using this. Most sites don’t need to change anything, but this can help if your site has high CPU usage.

In addition, there are a few more settings that you can disable, such as oEmbeds, Block Editor CSS, jQuery Migrate, Dashicons, WP Cron, etc., but you may not have to disable them all.

6. Optimizing JavaScript For Performance

JavaScripts are a prevalent part of a website and often cause websites to run slowly. Almost every theme and plugin in WordPress uses JS. Third-party J-Scripts, like ads, banners, analytics codes, etc., can be tricky to optimize.

FlyingPress JavaScript Optimizations

That’s why FlyingPress has ingenious JavaScript optimization features:

  • Minify JavaScript: Like CSS, FP optimizes standard JS to reduce file size by removing white spaces and blocks and reducing data sizes.
  • Defer JavaScript: JS and inline JS can be deferred to execute JavaScript after rendering HTML. Also, you can exclude scripts that shouldn’t be deferred. But you should be careful with big websites.
  • Delay JavaScript: This feature allows you to reduce the impact of third-party codes delaying external Javascript, such as ad networks, analytics, or other third-party scripts. Aside from the fact that third-party code slows down the website, it makes it difficult for your visitors.
  • Delay method: Additionally, FlyingPress lets you delay all scripts or just certain ones. Simple sites work well with the Delay All option. However, for dynamic websites, the delay-selected option is the most reliable.

Depending on the website, delaying all JS might not be a good idea. However, users can use it for most websites because there’s another way to exclude scripts from the delay. You will need to know a few things about optimization and understand the types of JS that shouldn’t be delayed.

7. Several Cache Settings

FlyingPress is a cache plugin, so caching is its prior feature; by default, the cache is enabled; you cannot disable it with a check box.

FlyingPress Cache Settings

The only option is to ignore the pages manually or deactivate the plugin. But it contains helpful cache control features, such as:

  • Cached logins: This feature is not recommended for most websites because it generates cache pages for logged-in users. In any case, if you want a logged-in user to see what your website’s cache version looks like, you can test it. I don’t think it’s for regular use.
  • Auto-preload cache: This feature preloads all the cache pages whenever you save settings or events. It’s ok for small websites or average static websites. However, auto-preloading can be resource-consuming for large sites with tons of pages or dynamic sites.
  • Scheduled preload: You can set a time for the cache to automatically preload (regenerate), for example, every 2 or every 6 hours. But you can preload manually, so I suggest ticking the “Never” box.
  • Preload the cache with existing data: This new type of feature allows users to overwrite cache pages with old cache pages.
  • Purge everything and preload: You can use this button to remove all cached pages and generate updated cached pages.

FlyingPress is quick at caching and preloading compared to other plugins. You’ll see the results in a few seconds, but it should have the option to disable caching. For instance, it’ll be handy for people who want to use optimizations. It’s possible that server-side caching is more effective than PHP caching.

8. Settings Beyond The Default

There’s an Advanced Settings section in the FlyingPress for PRO users. Sometimes, these changes are helpful, but not all websites require them.

Advanced Settings section in the FlyingPress
  • Exclude pages from caching: To exclude specific pages, you can specify the URL or path of the pages that should not be cached. It’s suitable for dynamic sites. Enter the page URL and save.
  • Ignore query parameters: Some URLs have query parameters at the end. They give the host extra info when someone makes a request. For most sites, this isn’t necessary. However, it can be helpful for big sites.
  • Bypass cookies: You can enter their names in separate lines if you want to ignore some web cookies by caching.
  • Include query parameters: For example, you can enter their names to keep a separate cache for some query parameters.
FlyingPress Advanced Settings

Aside from the “Exclude pages from caching” setting, other settings do not need to be altered unless there is a specific reason (useful for large websites with many pages). Most static websites are OK with default settings.

9. Renewal Discount

FlyingPress Renewal Discount

FlyingPress maintains a good pricing strategy, like a reverse version of hosting service prices. In the first year, you have to pay the exact cost. Then, every plan has a lower renewal rate for each subsequent year. For example, it charges $60 for a personal license for the first year but $42 annually afterward.

It’s common for hosting providers to give a discount for the first purchase. You’ll have to pay high renewal fees when you resume a subscription.

FlyingPress money back guarantee

Still, FP is the complete opposite and offers a money-back guarantee. No risk is involved, so you can get a refund if you aren’t satisfied within 14 days.

10. Feature-Packed CDN

FlyingPress offers a CDN service called FlyingCDN, which uses BunnyCDN and all other optimizations. WP Rocket also offers a CDN service known as “RocketCDN,” which uses Bunny servers but does not include optimizations, meaning it’s just a CDN. And FlyingCDN works with Cloudflare, too.

However, FlyingCDN has a lot of cool features, like:

  • Resource Optimization: Apart from plugin optimization, FlyingCDN also provides edge minification for your website’s CSS and JS files for faster loading times and better speed.
  • Optimizing images: To reduce image file sizes, it uses Bunny Image Optimizer to compress without decreasing quality, including “responsive images,” which resize to fit the render size. Additionally, it converts images to WebP without rewriting URLs.
  • Security Features: FlyingCDN has valuable security features, such as SEO headers (response headers), DDoS protection, and a free SSL certificate. Plus, it’s good for SEO.
  • Perma-Cache: With FlyingCDN, files can be permanently cached on the edge (perma-caching). This is useful for high-cache hits.
  • Easy integration: FCDN makes integration easy; you don’t have to update your DNS or remap your nameservers. Simply set up a CDN URL with the cache plugin. However, it has some cons, too.

FlyingCDN Price?

Pricing at FlyingCDN depends on how much data you transfer. And each 100GB costs $3 per month. This is similar to Pay As You Go, but each site is subject to a minimum charge of $3/M (regardless of usage).

11. All-Round Compatibility

FlyingPress is compatible with any web hosting service or server setup, like Vultr. Some cache and optimization plugins aren’t compatible with some server conditions or don’t work correctly in certain situations.

FlyingPress works with any web host

For example, LiteSpeed Cache is only compatible with LiteSpeed servers or QUIC.cloud. Most managed web hosts, like Kinsta, WPengine, PressLab, Servebolt, etc., won’t let you use most caching and optimization plugins.

Meanwhile, FlyingPress can run on all web hosts and server conditions, like Apache, NGINX, Litespeed, etc. All CDN services like CloudFlare, CacheFly, Akamai, Bunny CDN, CloudFront, Fastly, Google, etc.

FP works with LiteSpeed Hosting, and LSC doesn’t have to be the only plugin. Also, I have not experienced any issues with other themes or plugins.

This plugin is compatible with SEO plugins, content optimizers, etc. But it’s not gonna work with other cache plugins like Rocket, WP-Optimize, W3TC, etc.

12. Speed Up To Real Humans

This is the most valuable part of this plugin because most plugins and WordPress optimization strategies try to refine things for algorithms.

There are a lot of speed methods for WP that simply cheat for page metrics by skipping the elements on the page. When real people come to your site, everything loads slowly. It’s like writing for SEO instead of humans, because you optimize your WP website for speed tests rather than real people.

The GTMetrix page speed results for a website using FlyingPress cache plugin
GTMetrix page speed results for a website using FlyingPress

However, FlyingPress optimizes pages both for humans and for metrics. You can nip the test of page metrics such as CWV, GTMetrix, Pingdom, etc.; it also speeds up real humans instead of bypassing elements on a page.

GTMetrix page speed results
GTMetrix Page Details

Optimizing for users means serving up the ideal user experience, but for speed page metrics, the goal is to load fewer requests first. That doesn’t mean your site is fast for actual users, even with the high performance scores. Try looking up some well-ranked websites and see their speed rankings.

Useful Core Web Vitals tests
A Core Web Vitals test of a website using FlyingPress cache

It doesn’t mean page speed metrics aren’t essential. There are points for metrics like TTFB, content paint, first input delay, and cumulative layout shift.

Potential Drawbacks

  • Short explanation: FlyingPress’ documentation isn’t very detailed. It’s not a big deal because it’s simple and has minimal settings (not complicated). Nonetheless, I think some of its features should be explained in more detail. Plus, FP needs an active blog.
  • Cache-control isn’t advanced: FP caches all your pages by default. To stop some pages from being cached, you must manually exclude them. There’s no one-click way to turn off caching.
  • Object cache isn’t included: I would suggest that there is an option for add-ons for Redis, Memcached, and Varnish; that would be helpful.
  • Limited package: FP doesn’t have an unlimited plan like others. Luckily, its agency plan supports 500 websites, so it’s not a big deal.
  • Inflexible CDN: FlyingCDN is a full-featured CDN service with all the required functionality. The big problem is you can’t customize anything, not even the CDN URL. Also, it doesn’t support HTML caching.

I don’t see many cons to FlyingPress, but it’s up to you; everything’s not perfect. However, FP is an effective solution for most WordPress sites.

FlyingPress: The Bottom Line

In this article, I have listed 12 good reasons to use the FlyingPress cache plugin and all the potential disadvantages that might arise afterward.

So, is FlyingPress worth your money?

In short, Yes, but it’s all up to you. From my experience, FP is the most potent caching and optimization plugin for WordPress and provides many features to speed up modern WP websites without complicated settings.

Whatever your skill level is, from beginner to pro, FP allows you to speed up the website. Also, I recommend using Cloudflare APO with this plugin because it will give a faster TTFB for your website by caching the entire page. The LiteSpeed plugin is also suitable for those who want a free cache plugin, but the main downside is the lack of cache preloading. It’s fine for developers.

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