Caching and plugins
Hi, this is the second time I am posting on this topic, but I can't find the previous post. But if it's a duplicate I'm sorry.
I have two Wordpress accounts with Inmotion. I have set up the Inmotion Cache Manager on both, but it seems I have only set up the NGINX Helper plugin on one (not sure why I missed the other one). I am using a very minimalist theme, but by the time I add graphic, plugins, etc, the load times are slowing down, and I want to speed them up if I can.
I have tried various optimisation plugins (WP Fastest Cache, Hummingbird, WP_Optimize, Autoptimise), singly and sometimes a caching plugin in combination with the Autoptimise plugin. After extensive testing, I found that none of these different plugins improved site speed, and I stayed with the Inmotion cache manager.
I've searched on the web and there is so much conflicting advice. So I'm wondering if you could clarify these questions please:
1. Do I need to use both the Cache Manager and the NGINX Helper plugin for best results?
2. If I have both of them, do you think I need any other optimisation plugins? Which do you suggest?
3. Google Page Speed Insights identifies "Eliminate render-blocking resources" as a major issue, and recommends I " inline critical assets or defer less important resources". Does Inmotion cache manager or NGINX helper plugin address these issues? Would another optimisation plugin assist with these?
Thanks for any advice you can offer me.