Welcome to my special bootcamp for learning how to speed up WordPress sites.
- Learn how to speed up sites (like a pro).
- Make money optimizing for clients.
- Save time learning from (one of) the best in speed optimization.
My courses will help you speed up sites with mostly minimal effort. They are easy enough to learn by anyone (yes, even non-coders). However…the advanced course requires some coding familiarity. They are meant more as a directional guide to hire a dev to do the work for you.
The courses are taught through short 5-20 minute videos. Easily digested for quick learning. New lessons and topics will be added to over time, as decided by me and/or requested by members. You’ll receive email updates when lessons are updated or added.
- Anyone finishing all 3 courses will be given a WPJ Certification and listing on the WPJ-Certified Speed Specialists page. Print it out, show your children, or post on your website. (I also reserve the right to de-list you from that page for any reason.)
JAN 8, 2021 update:
- ADVANCED course is now released!
- Comments now activated on all lessons, so you can ask questions or discuss things.
To be honest, I’m blown away by how much positive response has been on this thing. Thank you for the positive feedback and sharing all the cool projects you were able to do with this course. Despite already creating over 100 videos…I can see there’s lots more to teach and will do my best to accommodate that.
Speed-Op Course (BASIC)
- Advice for site speed consultants
- Diagnosing site speed
- Setting site to neutral
- Resolving console & PHP errors
- Choosing good themes & plugins
- Mitigating commonly bloated plugins
- Safe cache configuration
- Reduce external asset requests
- Post optimization steps
Speed-Op Course (INTERMED)
- Ideal webhosting settings
- MySQL database optimizations
- CSS/JS asset optimization
- Media optimization (images & videos)
- Font loading tips
- Lightweight security recommendations
- Replacing bloated theme and plugins
- Intermediate caching strategies
- Handling redirects
Speed-Op Course (ADVANCED)
- Server architecture
- Coding & refactoring themes
- Custom plugin development
- Large media library
- Advanced caching strategies
- CDN & edge-caching
- Aggressive font optimization
- Server security & Hack recovery
Speed-Op Course (PACKAGE)
- Includes all three speed optimization courses.
- Also includes any future speed optimization courses I make.
- Basically, this is a LIFETIME everything deal.
Linux Basics – Intro to CLI
- Fun shortcut course for the most common Linux commands and tasks.
- Straight-to-the-point tutorials to build comfort in CLI and learn how to look up Linux commands.
- See details (topics still being organized/decided).
Frequently Asked Questions
What level user are these courses for?
The BASIC & INTERMEDIATE courses are meant for almost anyone (comfortable with WordPress) to speed up their WordPress sites. If you know where typical WordPress settings and files are, and can follow instructions, you’ll be fine.
The ADVANCED course is for dev-level users or those good enough to follow complex guides and hack around in PHP. If you are neither of those, then you can use my strategy to hire developers and admins/engineers to execute for you.
Can you be a professional speed specialist after this course?
Yes and no.
The course teaches the process of speed optimization. How to diagnose and solve many problem areas in slow sites. You learn not only what to do but why, and a bit of the foundational knowledge driving those decisions. You will most certainly be able to speed up sites and *WOW* your clients. This course really is a phenomenal value considering how much you can learn and earn with it.
But to be a true speed optimization expert, you need lots of real world experience and familiarity with many software and hosting stacks. Experience allows you to intuitively guess where problems are, whereas everybody else is just poking blindly. The skill is not only in the ability but the speed at which you accomplish the task.
Knowing where the problems are is only half the battle. The other half is having technical knowledge to make code fixes, or server-tuning. But usually…you need these skills in the first place to be able to guess where problems are. Funny, right? So my courses are really meant only as a shortcut way to do things. (In time…my bootcamp courses may become more like a speed optimization university. We will see.)
How much do speed optimization specialists make?
Depends on your skill and client budget.
- Lower-level speed optimization charges around $100-200 per job.
- Higher-level speed optimization charges around $300-1000 per job.
How long each job takes depends on your skill and experience. Simple jobs can be 30-60 mins. Difficult jobs can be couple hours to couple days. If you do your job well, it’s likely your client will refer many friends with slow sites over to you.
Aside from the money…I think being able to help clients in more ways is what’s most important. You’re not only learning speed optimization but how to develop (and host) sites in a more professional manner.
How does this course compare to other ones out there?
I think most of the other ones are not created by real speed experts, and just copying free information off Google. Too general, lacking key details, or outdated information. Some may even be too detailed to the point of being annoying or not helpful.
I love that my course gets straight to the point using as little explanation as necessary. I don’t over-explain things to “add value”. The lessons are modular; split into small easily-digested chunks, and will be added to and updated over time.
I also cover overall speed optimization strategy and the process of “code to load” rather than just a random checklist of things to do. I’ve even coached people who are really “famous” for speed optimization and also selling their own speed optimization courses out there.
If I buy this course, can I ask Johnny questions?
Yes, you can post links to the course on the WPJ FB group. And I and the community are happy to chime in there.
But I don’t answer personal messages and emails. I used to be so friendly about this and people took advantage. Literally asking me about the most random scenarios.
- Should I do A or B?
- Why B?
- But I saw another site that said do A, do you still recommend B?
- What about C? Have you heard of C?
- Do you think I should try B and C together?
- Why can’t I use B and C together?
- But C can still be good in [made up scenario], right?
- My friend has C and he/she really likes it, can I use C?
- Why don’t you like C?
- So why do you like B? (literally gone full circle to original question)
MotherF**K. This is why I sometimes don’t like answering questions. If you want to discuss random stuff against my advice, post it on the WPJ FB group where you’ll have 100 opinions for your confirmation bias to cherry pick from. Or you can pay me $100/hr to begrudgingly chat it out with you.
What if I’m poor and don’t have money?
Funny, you asked. There’s this crazy guy out there who wrote the most comprehensive and FREE speed optimization guide that exists. His name is Johnny and the guide is called – The Ultimate WordPress Speed Optimization Guide.
Full of tips and many outbound resource links to study from. In fact…if you learn everything in that guide and the guides it links to, you’ll get even more knowledge than you would here.
What’s the refund policy?
No refunds…unless you threaten to post negative reviews of me online. At which point I’ll give you back your money. But will think of you as those people who ask for refunds after watching the movie.
What I’d rather you do is give me feedback to improve the course. But you have to be fair. I can’t be spelling out every detail for people who aren’t at the minimum technical level to attempt this.
I’ll post more later when I get the chance.
- They’re all mostly good. (Trust me, if I get a bad one I will post it.)
- I’ve also already planned or adjusted for the feedback.
- Cases where people felt I skipped things, were because I accidentally mentioned intermediate stuff in basic course and said I’d explain “later”. Should’ve clarified I meant later in the next course.
- TL;DR…most people like my casual conversational style teaching like I’m talking to a friend. Only critiques were some people felt basic course was too easy and others felt advanced course didn’t fully explain certain details. (Which is true to some degree. I cannot explain stuff that relies on other foundation knowledge. The video would take forever.)
- Some people said that I got disorganized or cut some videos early. This is also true. I was carried away and accidentally mentioning things that were supposed to be saved for later.
- I also received super long 2-page feedback but am lazy to merge multi-screenshots in Photoshop. I promise to upload them at some point.