VPS REVIEW – Digital Ocean vs Linode vs Vultr

Generally-speaking, Linode is better than Vultr. And Vultr is better than Digital Ocean. I’ve used Linode in 3 continents over 10 years. Used Vultr in 2 continents for only a few years. I haven’t done exact fair-comparison testing but through just firing up servers for clients using the same stack and “feeling it” (however you… Read more VPS REVIEW – Digital Ocean vs Linode vs Vultr

Astra vs OceanWP vs Generatepress – Best FREE WordPress Theme Review

I get asked about these 3 popular free WordPress themes just about every week. They are pretty solid options. They’re basically really clean, lightweight, and the free version is functional enough for most folks. Pay a little more and you get access to all their functionality. Let’s go over my quick comparison between Astra, OceanWP,… Read more Astra vs OceanWP vs Generatepress – Best FREE WordPress Theme Review

Should you use Critical CSS?

What is critical CSS? How does it work and when should you use it? Even better…when should critical CSS not be used? Here goes another cut-the-crap WordPress performance guide by yours truly.

SiteGround vs A2 – webhosting review

A2 and SG are comparable, more or less. Generally, SG a little stronger but then has annoying CPU usage issues. A2 got better pricing. I used to prefer SG but now probably prefer A2 out of the two. If you want a better deal, just go with WebHostFace.

GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting SUCKS

Yes, it sucks. I can’t believe they get away with selling it as a “premium” service. It’s the same crappy GoDaddy shared hosting service with a cleaner/simpler UI and more expensive resource limits (imitating higher-end hosting services). Don’t believe me? Let’s go over the issues…

What’s a CDN? (Content Delivery Network) And do you need it?

What’s a content delivery network and why do you need (or don’t need) it? I’ll cover the basics of what it is, how it’s used, and how it may benefit or impede your website. I also explain the difference of traditional CDN’s which were made for speed and the confusing Cloudflare service which is a… Read more What’s a CDN? (Content Delivery Network) And do you need it?

How to Optimize/Compress Your Website Images

Three ways to optimize/compress your images to improve WordPress load time: Open up Photoshop, export to Save-for-web, JPEG 50%. Save your image in the highest quality possible, go to ShortPixel’s online compress tool, and simply upload there. Download an image compression plugin that does it automatically from WordPress. I like ShortPixel but there are many… Read more How to Optimize/Compress Your Website Images

Optimizing Javascript Load from WordPress Plugins

Having many javascript files loading will slow down your page load! For that reason, I cover the 2 most common optimization tactics below: Defer them if they aren’t critical for initial page rendering. On pages where they aren’t used, disable them from loading at all.

What’s a Good Word Count for Blog Posts?

How long should your blog posts be? This question amuses me to no end. Who are you writing for? For yourself or for readers? Or for Google SEO? Or to make money? This question is for people with a lack of drive. Here’s a different perspective…

Enable GZIP for faster page loads!

Should you have GZIP compression enabled? What does it do? Why is it recommended? And are there any drawbacks? GZIP is magical for me. You should definitely enable it if you want faster page loads. It’s a no-brainer and easy to enable. (I also go over the wrong way to do it!)

Apache performance tip – switch to MPM Event!

Simple tip for anybody still running Apache servers…switch to MPM Event! What is MPM Event and how does it improve your server performance without any drawbacks? I switched to MPM Event, I loved it. And you should do it too! We’ll cover some minor basics of MPM’s and why MPM Event is the best.

Is it worth blogging on 3rd-party platforms? (Medium, Tumblr, etc)

Should you consider blogging on other platforms? A friend asked me about Medium (cool blogging/publishing platform) and whether I would ever write on it. I’ve been on their site before and found lots of great content published there. I like the clean minimalistic look. They do have ads but your impression of it is that… Read more Is it worth blogging on 3rd-party platforms? (Medium, Tumblr, etc)

The FASTEST Lightweight WordPress Themes Review – UPDATED 2018

Why do we want a lightweight theme? Besides getting rid of unnecessary visual clutter, they help your website load super fast which is especially important in today’s ADD society and especially important in today’s rising mobile-browsing trend. Fortunately, this trend has forced all themes today to be written with cleaner and lighter code. NOTE: I’ve… Read more The FASTEST Lightweight WordPress Themes Review – UPDATED 2018

Worst WordPress Plugins Ever – AVOID THEM

I’ve made lists sharing my favorite plugins but never made a list of bad plugins. These are probably equally important to know as they’re known to cause many issues with sites, causing poor performance or conflicting with other plugins. I include the most popular “bad” ones below.

Swift Performance WordPress Cache Plugin – UNOFFICIAL GUIDE

My unofficial guide to speeding up WordPress with SWIFT Performance cache plugin! (Updated January 4, 2018) The SWIFT Performance cache plugin was something I was really excited about because it made such a difference on my sites. I was previously cycling between 3 or 4 different cache plugins throughout various sites but can now replace… Read more Swift Performance WordPress Cache Plugin – UNOFFICIAL GUIDE

Should You Trust a Small Webhosting Company?

Can you really trust a small webhost to have better PERFORMANCE, RELIABILITY, SUPPORT, and SECURITY…compared to the big webhosting companies? I think many people (more now than ever) are getting fed up with their current webhosting situation. The days are almost over when all the shared hosting giants like GoDaddy, BlueHost, 1and1, DreamHost, HostGator could… Read more Should You Trust a Small Webhosting Company?