Tag: Site Speed
Choosing the Right Hosting for You: Honest WordPress Hosting Recommendations
In WordPress hosting, there are definitely right choices—and wrong ones. This article is a quick-but-thorough guide on how to choose the right WordPress hosting for your project. Here’s how it’s structured:
ReviewSignal Publishes its 2018 Hosting Benchmarks
Kevin Ohashi of Review Signal is a singular voice in hosting reviews. His annual Hosting Benchmarks is an immense resource of real data on how hosts actually perform, opinions and brand names aside. His just-published 2018 results are a treasure trove, with dozens of hosts analyzed by pricing tier and all kinds of load testing benchmarks. Highly recommended for data heads.
Don’t Cache WP_Query Objects (and Why Not)
Recently, I was working on site speed for a client with one page that makes a large number of custom database queries through WordPress’s WP_Query API.
Lazy Loading for Faster WordPress: Slow and Lazy Wins the Race
David wrote a really good article on WordPress site speed a few weeks ago. He also, casually, made WPShout a lot faster—up to an 89% desktop score on PageSpeed Insights, which is about as high as I’ve ever seen a WordPress site score.
Speed-Up WordPress: How I Optimized Site Performance on WPShout
Here’s what I learned about making our site even faster.
Free E-Book: “Speed Matters: 21 Expert Tips to an Ultra-Fast WordPress Site”
SiteGround, our longtime favorite host ever (see our SiteGround review here), just published a free e-book on WordPress site speed. I’ve looked through it, and it’s wonderful advice. “Avoid Bloated Themes,” in particular, is a great mantra for a WordPress developer—not only because of site speed. Very worth checking out!
WordPress Caching: The Six Different Things People May Mean
“Caching” is, generally, the solution you hear offered for most performance problems a WordPress site has. For things other than WordPress sites, too, caching is one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase performance of software without investing in new hardware. (Using the exact same software on hardware that is significantly faster is easier, but probably not cheaper…)
Commonsense Image Sizing in WordPress
Here we’ll be discussing basic best practices for working with image sizes in WordPress. This has such a huge impact on site speed that it’s important to know the fundamentals. Playing around with caching and CDNs and everything is really great, but if an image on the page is 400KB bigger than it should be, to a large extent you’re back where you started.