Podcast #7: The Grand Finale

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I logged into my WpEngine account and carried out a few basic steps in prepharation for the final speed measurement test:

Step 1. I turned on my CDN

A CDN is a content delivery network. A CDN serves content such as videos, images and other static files to visitors around the world from a server that is closest to their geographic location. This speeds up the content download speed for website visitors Worldwide. It makes web pages load faster for them, where ever they are in the World.

Step 2. I turned on object caching

Object caching enables websites to retrieve data without performing a new database lookup each time a previous data set is requested. Recalling data from temporary memory instead of double checking it generates a speed saving.

Step 3. I cleared my cache

I did this to ensure that when my website launched, the correct .css and .js files would be served to my website visitors.

Step 4. I checked my CDN was active

To verify my CDN was active I visited my website WP Speed Up I refreshed the page then I right clicked on the page and clicked “View Source”. Another tab opened which had a series of long numbers and letters in the href tag.

I’ve included a screen grab on my tutorial article to explain this.

We were all set for the next and final WordPress website speed test.


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.