Welcome to CompVarietyPlus where I will be publishing in depth tutorials that focus on optimizing your WordPress site for Speed and SEO.
As mentioned on my About page one of the main principles I stick to is constantly looking for ways to improve.
What follows is a brief summary of my plans for this site.
Keep Things Simple
Many things in life are complicated without us making them more so.
WordPress Optimization doesn’t have to be one of them.
So when possible I use the simplest, most elegant way to get things done on my site.
Of course this isn’t always the case BUT you’d be surprised at just how often I am able to pull this off!
What Does Simple Mean?
In the WordPress world simple to me means using as few lightweight plugins as possible.
Simple also means NEVER digging into the back-end code of your website!
If I have the option of changing a simple line of code in the WordPress back-end or finding a lightweight (often free) plugin to do the job for me I choose the lightweight plugin every time.
I get that there are certain WordPress sites that must be customized to achieve what they want.
That’s fine, and those owners will still be able to find much useful information here.
THIS website though is not one of them.
That is correct.
No back-end customized code is running on this simple website.
A lot of WordPress Optimization bloggers like to give off the impression of transparency about what they use on their own WordPress website.
But when you dig in you realize this is not the case.
I certainly discovered this when originally building my own sites.
They like to overload their blogs with conflicting affiliates that offer the same services and leave your head spinning.
This is of course done to try and achieve the biggest bang for their wallet.
I would start to build my website, follow all of their recommendations exactly, and still not be able to achieve the speeds and results being claimed.
The above mentioned supposedly transparent bloggers also like to leave out key details about their setups.
The minor, but important, EXACT settings they are using.
As well as the complete list of active plugins they are using.
I find it comical how they fully detail their, supposed, financial statements but if you ask them for an exact list of the plugins they are currently using they freak out!
Detailing My Exact Setup
It originally took me months of trial and error to achieve these results and I share them all on this site.
If you read the accompanying guides, and have your setups exactly the way I have laid out, and are not getting the same performance my site is achieving, then something is setup incorrectly.
It’s really that simple!
A Word About Affiliates
Yes I do have affiliate links on this site as well.
And yes I certainly do appreciate if you use them when making a purchase that is based on my recommendations.
One major point though:
The only affiliate links you will find on this site are for products I currently use or for products that my site has outgrown.
So even though I might have outgrown some of these products (I’m mainly referring to hosting here) they are still very good and useful products for users with newer blogs and that is the reason they are still active affiliate links on my site.
This will all be detailed very clearly on the My Setup page.
If there is a product that I no longer feel is useful for anyone then the affiliate link for it will be removed as well.
Things Will Change
As my site evolves the products (free and paid for) that I use will change and I will have a running log to display these changes.
Someone just starting out may not need what I’m using, or maybe they will want more even more horsepower etc.
For them it can act as a good baseline.
Some of the things I will be sharing:
- hosting company and plan
- content delivery network(s) (CDN)
- WordPress framework
Will Not Be Stopping Here
The settings I use will also be fully detailed.
There will be in depth articles detailing the configurations I am using for each of these items.
My goal is for the end user to be able to emulate exactly what I am doing at any given moment if they so choose.
Of course this isn’t always feasible and it can then just be used as a starting point for your own builds.
Paid is Not Always Better
But neither is free…
I understand money can be an issue for some people.
Especially when just starting out.
There’s a culture on the internet though where some people want and expect everything to be free.
That’s fine, I get it.
And whenever possible, if there are free and paid options that offer the same result, I always choose the free option as well.
There are situations though where if you expect to get the best performance for your site you will need to shell out some cash.
This is especially true with web hosting.
I’m not saying you need to break the bank here.
There are many overpriced options out there that are not worth paying for.
But what I am saying is that some money will need to be invested in this area.
For starters it can be as little as $50 per year!
Enjoy my site and make sure to leave feedback in the comments sections as well.
Thanks for visiting!