FastPixel vs FlyingPress: Best Website Optimizer for WordPress

FastPixel and FlyingPress are standout plugins, each with distinct features aimed at turbocharging website speed, efficiency, and user experience.

Let’s take a deep dive into comparing these two, so you can pick the perfect fit for your website’s needs.

Understanding the plugins

FastPixel

FastPixel stands out as a cloud-based website optimizer. Offering a range of optimization features, including image compression and CDN integration, it provides users with a suite of functionalities aimed at boosting their website’s speed and efficiency.

FlyingPress

FlyingPress is an optimization solution designed to improve the website’s performance. Created by the same author behind Flying X plugins like Flying Images and Flying Scripts, FlyingPress consolidates these functionalities into an all-in-one tool. Similar to WP Rocket, it focuses on local optimization, ensuring ease of use, performance, and customization within your site’s environment. Additionally, it shares similarities with NitroPack by offering CDN support for content delivery.

Feature comparison

Image optimization

FastPixel primarily focuses on image optimization with cloud-based compression, WebP, and serving adaptive images.

FlyingPress, on the other hand, provides cloud-based image optimization services through a paid add-on.

Both plugins contribute to an enhanced overall website performance; however, FastPixel’s unique advantage lies in its specialized focus on advanced image optimization, coupled with the added benefit of not requiring any additional payments. This combination provides FastPixel with a distinctive edge in this area.

FastPixelFlyingPress
Image compressionYesOnly with a paid add-on
Local/cloud compressionCloudCloud
Adaptive imagesYesYes
WebP generation & deliveryYesOnly with a paid add-on
Lazy loadingYesYes
Lazy loading iframesYesYes
Add missing height and width attributesYesYes
LQIPsNoNo

Caching

Both FastPixel and FlyingPress incorporate essential caching features such as page cache and preloading to optimize website performance. However, FlyingPress lacks HTTP caching capabilities.

FastPixelFlyingPress
Page cacheYesYes
Preloading cacheYesYes
HTTP cachingYes (for the resources on the CDN)No

CSS & JS optimization

FastPixel offloads CSS and JS minification onto a CDN without requiring an additional add-on. In contrast, FlyingPress holds an advantage by locally minifying both CSS and JS.

FastPixelFlyingPress
Local minify CSSNoYes
Offload CSS minification (on CDN)YesOnly with a paid add-on
Combine CSS filesNoNo
Critical CSS generationYesYes
Load CSS asynchronouslyYesYes
Deal with unused CSSYesYes
Local minify JSNoYes
Offload JS minification (on CDN)YesOnly with a paid add-on
Combine JS filesNoNo
Deferred loading JSYesYes
Delay JS executionYesYes

Fonts & database optimization

FastPixel incorporates a distinctive feature that efficiently identifies characters and symbols in active use on a web page, subsequently integrated into a custom font. This approach allows websites to load only the necessary font glyphs, optimizing performance by reducing the overall font file size and improving page load times. However, it doesn’t provide local font hosting or any database optimization capabilities.

Both plugins support font preloading. In addition, FlyingPress also offers specific database optimization functionalities.

FastPixelFlyingPress
Pre-load fontsYesYes
Delete unnecessary database entriesNoYes
Schedule database maintenanceNoYes
Optimize database tablesNoYes

CDN integration

FastPixel seamlessly integrates with a CDN service (via bunny.net) to efficiently deliver HTML, images, CSS, JS, and fonts. In contrast, FlyingPress offers CDN-related features but requires an additional payment for access.

FastPixelFlyingPress
Included in the price or pay extra?Yes, includedNo, pay extra
What does the CDN serve?Images, HTML, CSS, JS, fontsImages, CSS, JS
CDN providerbunny.netbunny.net
Purge CDN cache in 1 clickYes, but CDN cache is cleared only if images are updatedYes
Custom subdomainNoYes

Other optimizations

Unlike FlyingPress, FastPixel has the capability to preload requests. It remains uncertain whether FlyingPress can preconnect to required origins.

FastPixelFlyingPress
Heartbeat OptimizationNoNo
DNS prefetchYesYes
Preconnect to required originsYesUnknown
Preload requestsYesNo
GZIP/BRotli compressionYesYes

Pricing structure

FastPixel offers various plans billed monthly or yearly for one website, including a free plan. The cheapest plan starts at $10 per month for a website that has approximately 50,000 page views/month. All plans include all available features, image optimization, and unlimited CDN traffic.

FlyingPress’ pricing starts at $60 for the initial year, with a $42 renewal fee for a single website. Users also have the option to include a CDN addon, available at $3 per 100GB per month for each website.

Takeaways

Both plugins are geared towards boosting WordPress performance, sharing similar goals but employing distinct approaches.

FastPixel operates as a cloud-based accelerator, excelling in various optimization aspects. On the flip side, FlyingPress takes inspiration from WP Rocket’s local optimization and NitroPack’s CDN-centric approach. This combination allows FlyingPress to offer both local and CDN optimization.

The choice between the two depends on your specific needs, priorities, and budget. Opt for FlyingPress if you seek a tool with dual optimization capabilities (local and cloud-based), along with the option for CDN integration at an additional cost. Otherwise, if your focus is on cloud-based optimization, particularly in image compression and broader WordPress-specific enhancements, FastPixel might be the more suitable option for you.

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Andrei Alba
Andrei Alba

Andrei Alba is a technical support specialist and wordsmith here at FastPixel. He enjoys helping people understand WordPress through his easily digestible materials.

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