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Prodcast #9: Version 2.0 is faster, cheaper and easier – The WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint Version 2.0

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Version 2.0 of The WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint – 133ms WordPress Page Speed Guide (0.133 second WordPress page loading)

My name is Ben Llewellyn (bio) I am the maker of one of the fastest WordPress websites in the world. In my first blueprint I shared alot of information about my strategy and method on my blog. My second version of the blueprint is faster, cheaper and quicker (it’s much better). Following the steps in Version 2.0 will help you to build a faster WordPress website.

December 2018 saw the release of WordPress version 5.0, Gutenberg page editor (bundled with WP 5.0) and the Twenty Nineteen wordpress.org theme was released.

My goal for Version 2.0 was to revise the first version of my blue print and to make it easier, faster and cheaper for developers and non developers to make a super high speed WordPress website.

I took all the code from Version 1.0 and converted it into a plugin that could be installed into any self hosted WordPress website. The plugin has an options page which enables website owners to turn speed enhancing features on and off. The plugin options page enables webmasters to fully control and manage their own WordPress performance within their WP dashboard. The disadvantage of turning default features off in WordPress may result in sooner or later required functionality fo site features or site plugins may be omitted. So having the ability to turn features on and off grants WordPress website owners the power to control their own website. This future proofs future developments.

The big different between Version 2.0 compared to Version 1.0 is not only the new plugin but we used the Twenty Nineteen theme.

Believe it or not the new Twenty Nineteen Theme was released whilst we were developing the WordPress speed plugin, I inspected the code and knew the theme would run faster – as it turned out it did!

The outcome of Version 2.0 Blueprint made my WordPress website load in 133 milli seconds which is 24 milli seconds faster than Version 1.0. We recorded 100/100 on mobile and desktop Google PageSpeed Insights and received amazing page speed scores on page speed testing tools.

The best thing about Version 2.0 of The WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blue is: webmasters only have to do 5 things to their WordPress website to get similar page speed results:

  1. Host with WpEngine – fast and secure WordPress website hosting
  2. Setup DNS with DNSMadeEasy – premium dns / fast look up times
  3. Install my free SpeedThemeWP.com plugin (tick all the options and don’t set a favicon URL) – Free
  4. Activate the Twenty Nineteen WordPress theme – Free
  5. Don’t install any other plugins

Version 2.0 gave me a big speed performance boost and it’s much easier to replicate the same results without doing anything technical like coding or using web development tools.

I’m already thinking of methods to breach the 100ms WordPress page load time barrier. Although, humans can’t interpret hundreds of milliseconds. So we’ll see how close we get to beating one hundred milli seconds in Version 3.0.

The plugin is already updated and compatible with the latest WP 5.0.2, latest Gutengerg page editor and runs perfectly with the latest release of the Twenty Nineteen WordPress theme.

If you’re looking to build a super fast WordPress website and you want to do it yourself, following my WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint V2 will get you a speed gain and make your WordPress pages load quicker for your website vistitors. This has lots of UX and SEO advantages and best of all the information is free on my blog!

That’s it, Thanks for reading/listening.

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Podcast #8: The WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint Conclusion

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Before I started the WordPress speed Up Optimisation Blueprint, I ran a speed test on a standard WordPress website. The standard WP site loaded in 0.721 seconds – marking the time to beat as 0.7 seconds. This site runs the Twenty Seventeen WordPress theme and is hosted on a standard hosting platform.

Having finished the WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint I was keen to find out how good the process was and and how far away from 0.721 seconds I was!

I ran a series of WordPress website speed tests – to prove the optimisation process had worked.

Test 1.

My WordPress websites loaded in 0.157 seconds (157 milli seconds) from London when I ran a speed test on GTMetrix dot com.

Test 2.

My WordPress website loaded in 0.325 seconds (325 milli seconds) from Sweden when I ran a speed test on Pingdom dot com.

Am I happy? Yes

I can already think of a few factors I could introduce to the overall process to enhance the blueprint even further! I’ve posted links online to my article and encouraged other developers to share their feedback on techniques to improve and enhance the blueprint.

Version 2 of the WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint will be published shortly.

If you’ve found my Podcasts interesting, check out the full blueprint on my website blog.

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

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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 slibdesign.com

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 SlibDesign.com.