Having a slow website is one of the most annoying things I can think of; especially when you’re a blogger or marketer and your income is tied to your sites ability to deliver content.
I had two goals when putting this series of blog posts together.
First I wanted to make sure that you had an easy to follow step by step outline you could implement immediately to optimize your sites performance.
Second I wanted to share with you what I’d learned about speeding up websites so that you’d be able to carry with you that knowledge and experience into other sites and projects you may work on in the future.
It’s like they say “you can give a man a fish and feed him for a day or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime”. While I don’t know much about fishing, I do know a bit about speeding up websites and I’m excited to share that knowledge with you!
One challenge I had when putting this course together via blog posts was trying not to make it too technical. As I’m sure you’re aware the subjects of servers, dns, hosting, caching, etc… can get very complicated very quickly. It’s pretty much one of those things you can start digging into and never really learn or know everything there is to know. Regardless of how much you try. So with that in mind I’ve done my best to take the hours and hours of research and testing that I’ve done and simplify it as much as possible.
They say that 80% of your results are from 20% of your efforts. So for this course I’ve tried to condense and simplify the top 20% of things that are going to give you the biggest increases in your sites performance.
IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE GETTING STARTED:
Before you begin doing any work on your WordPress site make sure that you’ve backed everything up. I can’t even count how many times this has saved me when messing around with various different plugins or settings. It’s not only a good idea for when you’re working on a project such as site optimization but it’s also a good general habit to get into. Backing up WordPress is fairly simple to do, but if you aren’t quite sure how to do it, these easy to follow references will show you how: