Podcast #3: WordPress hosting

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OK, after step 2 I had a 78 milli second speed gain. Next, I set up my hosting account. A hosting account is where a website lives (at the post code destination – the Server IP). There are lots of different servers available to host a website and the providers of servers are commonly referred to as hosting providers. They host websites.

WordPress hosting and performance is probably one of the most hotly discussed topics on the web. Virtually every web developer and every site owner I know has a different opinion on what’s best and which service providers are best and under which circumstance.

My professional WordPress hosting preference is based on 12 years experience as a WordPress developer working with leading brands and one-man bands. I actively recommend WpEngine for website hosting to my WordPress clients. And this is who I used to host my high speed wordpress website.

WpEngine provide 1 solution that has all the essentials as part of their hosting package.

My top 7:

1. Excellent live chat support
2. Good uptime
3. Page caching
4. Server and production server
5. Back up and recovery
6. CDN
7. And they manage security server side so you don’t need to install any security plugins

When I built one of the fastest WordPress websites in the World I purchased their standard hosting package with the additional CDN option. It was expensive. But I knew, if I wanted Ferrari performance, I wasn’t going to get it by buying a 2nd had car!

I need to point out, that if you want a high speed website – you wont be able to achieve high speed performance if you don’t host your website with a premium hosting provider. You need a supercharged engine to power a supercar! And the same is true for websites – the engine that drives it needs to be powerful.

Adding my domain name to my WpEngine hosting account was easy. I’ve included the 3 steps on my blog.

After that, I logged into my premium DNS provider account – DNSMdeEasy and I entered the necessary information. Make sure you check out my article because it includes annotated screenshots on how to do this – which are far easier to follow than me trying to explain by podcast.

After DNS propergation I’d gained a number of micro speed gains amounting to 0.266 seconds speed improvement and the speed optimised website was running just under 0.5 seconds.

You can read more about my speed optimisation blue print by visiting the blog article where I share the steps along with the screengrabs demonstrating the steps I took to make my WordPress website load in 0.157 seconds from London.


Podcast #2: Making a WordPress website load quickly starts with the DNS lookup speed

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Making a WordPress website load quickly doesn’t start with anything to do with WordPress!

To build a high speed WordPress website you need to obtain lots and lots of micro speed gains! Website speed gains are generally measured in milli seconds – 1000th s of a second. They’re super fast!

Micro speed gains are millisecond speed improvements that by themselves are un-noticeable to a human being because they’re so fast. However, when you combine lots of micro speed gains, they soon become a much larger total speed gain. A larger total speed gain is a detectable number that becomes noticeable to website visitors on a website. It impacts the speed of web page content delivery through page loading.

The first micro speed gain that I’m going to talk about in my podcast is DNS look up speed.

For the sake of my podcast, I’m going to explain quickly what a DNS look up is before we talk about how to optimise the speed of one.

A DNS look up is performed every time an internet user types a website address into their website browser search bar. Each time a website address is typed in and the user presses return on their keyboard – their web browser performs a DNS lookup. It all happens without the browser displaying anything. First of all the users web browser connects to nameservers where the domain is searched and a server IP address is found. Once the server IP address is retrieved – the website browser is diverted to the web server. So you can think of a server IP address a bit like a post code or zip code of a website – which can be anywhere in the World. This information tells the website browser where to connect to – to load a website! This is a very simple explanation of how a DNS look up is performed.

When you buy a domain, it often comes with nameservers. Nameserver are basically servers that have an index of server IP address and domains. A nameserver needs to know these two things to display a website when a link is clicked or an internet user types a website address and hits return in their web browser.

The 1st step in The WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint is: to select a premium DNS provider that any domain can be linked to. A premium DNS provider has quick nameservers that can perform a fast DNS lookup.

In my WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint I witnessed a 78 milli second speed gain comparing the standard nameserver look up speed to the premium nameserver look up speed.

Therefore, if you want to build a super fast WordPress website – remember… the first thing you should do is connect your domain name to a high speed DNS service provider to obtain a high speed DNS look up speed. Let’s face it: a 78 milli second speed saving isn’t going to be detectable to your website visitors on its own, but when it’s combined with lots and lots of other micro speed gains – it soon becomes a tangible and recognisable speed gain that website visitors start to notice because they see pages loading much more quickly than on other websites.

If you are performing your own website speed tests on Pingdom or GTMetrix – the first bar on the chart will be the DNS look up speed. If you’re seeing a number greater than around 100ms (a connection speed) you’re missing out on a micro speed gain!

You can read about the DNS speed up process on article.


Podcast #1: Introduction to the WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint

Play Podcast #1: Introduction to the WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint

My name is Ben Llewellyn, I’m the creator of the WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint. I’ve been a WordPress developer for over 12 years. In July 2018, I built one of the fastest WordPress websites in the World. The WordPress website pages load in just 0.157 seconds (157 milli seconds) when tested on GTM​e​trix from a London ​testing region. The proof of my claim is publicly documented on my ​blog

The WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint enhances WordPress website page speed which is proven by industry professionals to have positive effects on:

– User experiences – UX
– Visitor conversions – Internet Sales
– Search engine result page rankings – SEO

To start with I wanted to talk briefly about why I went about documenting the process and my motivation behind it…

So, why did I create the WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint…

During my time as a WordPress developer, I’ve read a lot of mis-information online about how to build a fast WordPress website. From my perspective (an experienced WordPress developers perspective) there’s only 1 proper way to build a fast WordPress website. And that way involves doing it right – with a sound foundation – first time around. Not hacking an existing theme and cutting it back!

After doing a lot of Google research, I couldn’t find an article online about how to start from scratch and build a superfast ​WordPress ​website. I just simply couldn’t find an article on how to do it​: from buying the domain to finishing the website and running the final speed test​! I could find a lot of references to various services​ that might have generated a speed gain for some site owners -​ for example potential themes, fast hosting providers, CDN services and domain companies. But what I couldn’t find was a clear ​and precise ​process that anyone ​who was WordPress savvy ​could repeat for themselves to gain real WordPress speed gains.

So I invented one…

I worked from around 6pm on a Friday – through the weekend and finished at around 3pm on a Sunday. I drew my 12 years experience working with the best and worst service providers in the industry.

​I didn’t use the worst service providers – just the best ones!​

I documented all the steps I took and more importantly – I curated the article for “non-developers”​ and included the speed test readings as evidence of success.​

​The entire process steps can be followed and performed by someone who is WordPress savvy but not paid to code for a living.

The outcome was better than I personally​ expected. ​To be frank, I didn’t really know how fast a WordPress website could go! ​During my research I had read articles about WordPress websites loading​ pages​ in 500ms and even 200ms, but I hadn’t found an article with a load speed of below 200ms – 0.2 seconds. And I certainly couldn’t find an article online demonstrating how to do this​ from start to finish…

Until now.

The WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint made my WordPress website pages load in 0.157 seconds when tested on ​​GTM​e​trix from a London server.

The following podcasts will explain the process so you to gain high speed ​WordPress page loading speed ​results – just like ​I did.

That’s it for Podcast number one, but you can read the full process on my website