Deciding between Perfmatters and Asset CleanUp?
Asset CleanUp’s interface just isn’t as clean as Perfmatters.
I ended up settling on Perfmatters, but both plugins have excellent reviews. If you’re still not sure, you can see which one most people use in Facebook Groups and their unbiased feedback.
Perfmatters vs Asset CleanUp
- What Most People Use In Facebook Groups
- Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – User-Friendliness
- Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – Features
- Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – Script Manager
- Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – Documentation
- Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – Pricing
- Final Thoughts – Which One Do I Use?
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1. What Most People Use In Facebook Groups
I always like to include Facebook Group feedback to keep my reviews less biased.
2. Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – User-Friendliness
Perfmatters is more user-friendly.
Asset CleanUp has lots of tabs, text, and long descriptions in each setting. Perfmatters is concise and was clearly created with design in mind (it was developed by Kinsta after all).
This is the #1 difference between the two plugins.
3. Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – Features
If you’re already using a cache plugin for basic speed optimizations, chances are you don’t need many features in Perfmatters or Asset CleanUp.
But if you’re using a cache plugin that doesn’t come with these features, they can help you optimize even further. However, since I’m already using WP Rocket, I only use them for the script manager, bloat removal, preconnect, and CDN rewrite. WP Rocket does everything else.
One main difference in Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp is the test mode.
Asset CleanUp’s Test Mode lets you test the script manager without it breaking your site. Only administrators will see the changes on the front end (if any) while regular visitors won’t see any chances. This is very helpful if you’re not sure whether disabling some files will break your site.
You can view all of Perfmetters’ features and Asset CleanUp/Pro features on those pages.
|General Bloat Removal||Yes||Yes|
|Lazy Load||Images, iframes, videos||No|
|Change Autosave Interval||Yes||No|
|Limit Post Revisions||Yes||No|
|Change Login URL||Yes||No|
|Disable WooCommerce Scripts, Styles, Cart Fragments||Yes||No|
|CSS Optimization||No||Yes (Minify, Merge, Inline, Defer, Cache Dynamic)|
|Preload||Yes||Yes (Fonts Only)|
|Disable Gutenberg CSS Block Library||No||Yes|
|Defer CSS Loaded In Body||No||Pro Version|
|Move CSS/JS From Head To Body||No||Pro Version|
4. Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – Script Manager
The Perfmatters and Asset CleanUp script manager do the same thing.
A key difference is how the script manager is loaded.
With Perfmatters, it opens in a new page. In Asset CleanUp, it loads on the same page when editing content. I personally don’t like things bulking up the editor, so Perfmatters wins here.
- How the script manager is loaded (see above)
- Asset CleanUp Pro lets you defer and async files
- RegEx is included with Perfmatters, but only with Asset CleanUp Pro
- Asset CleanUp lets you preload files directly from the script manager
5. Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – Documentation
I also wrote a tutorial on configuring the Perfmatters settings which might help you.
6. Perfmatters vs. Asset CleanUp – Pricing
Asset CleanUp is more expensive than Perfmatters ranging from $47 – $147/year while Perfmatters is $24.95 – 124.95/year depending on your plan. However, Perfmatters has increased prices in the past so it’s possible it will increase. Look out for Black Friday deals.
7. Final Thoughts – Which One Do I Use?
I use Permatters.
It’s just easier and does everything I need it to. WP Rocket also wasn’t rewriting my assets (images) for some reason, but the CDN rewrite setting in Perfmatters fixed this, so now all my images are properly served from WP Rocket’s RocketCDN. This was a big bonus for me as well.
And if you’re using Elementor, here’s a little tip for you: