If your WordPress site is slow you’ve come to the right place!
Welcome to the page where you can see the EXACT current setup of this website.
That’s right… EVERYTHING!
From my exact hosting plan through all of the plugins that are currently active on this site.
On top of that I have a running “Change Log” so you can see where I started and compare it to where I am now.
This site has always been optimized for WordPress Speed and SEO so keep that in mind even when you’re looking at the older configurations.
Speed Test Scores
Be cautioned though there are many variables that go into achieving these results.
Also take note that a fantastic website can be built even without having these results.
One needs to go no further than apple.com to see that they get terrible results on all of the above tests and still have an amazingly fast and effective website.
The Rabbit Hole
With that being said if you decide to go down the same rabbit hole I have, and attempt to fully maximize your site across the board for all of these tests, then you’ve come to the right place.
Below is a quick walk-through of what I use.
Stay tuned for in-depth guides and tutorials on each of these items!
And yes there are affiliate links included.
I pride myself on only having affiliate links on this site for products I actually use.
So if you decide to make a purchase based on my recommendations I’d really appreciate it if you do so by clicking on my links!
So without much further ado here is my setup…
Domain Name Registrar
I found out about NameSilo in 2014 and have had all of my domains registered with them ever since.
They are a great, no frills, simple to use, with the lowest prices, domain name registrant.
What more can you ask for?!
Their prompt customer service via email is top-notch as well.
I purchased compvarietyplus.com a while back and still like it so I opted to use it on my website now.
After using many web hosts who claimed to be the fastest I finally tried out SiteGround.
They offer many tiers of service and lighting fast speeds.
These fast speeds are achieved on all of the hosting packages they offer.
So if speed is what you’re looking for you really can’t go wrong!
I’m on their GoGeek Plan right now which starts out at $11.95 a month.
It’s on a shared server.
If you’re on more of a budget and only need to host one website then the StartUp Plan for $3.95 a month is perfect for you.
It’s on a shared server as well.
Don’t be fooled by the low price!
It’s a very similar plan to what I have and is just scaled down for use with one website on the account.
I envision myself switching over to one of these plans in the near future :).
SiteGround hosting has a free SSL for your site as well!
And at no extra charge they have automated daily backups for your account and are one of the few site hosts that use the latest version of PHP 7.3!
Their prompt customer service is available 24/7 via phone, chat and their ticketing system.
As you’re probably aware of if you’re on this site I use WordPress to power it.
The latest WordPress version at the time of my first setup is 5.1.
A framework is software that runs inside of the WordPress CMS.
StudioPress is a well known company who have built a framework for WordPress.
A theme is software that runs inside of a framework.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
A content delivery network is a system of servers that deliver content to the end user based on geographic location.
The idea is to speed up performance by having the user access a website via a server that is closest to them.
I opt to use multiple CDNs to speed up my site’s performance even more!
Around since 2009 Cloudflare is one of the best known CDNs out there.
I use StackPath’s impressive “CDN Only” option which is free for the first month and $10 a month thereafter.
These are what makes WordPress great and tricky at the same time.
You need to be quite selective with the plugins you choose for your WordPress site.
If you run even one badly coded plugin it will slow your website down dramatically.
I am quite picky about the plugins I use and make sure to test them thoroughly.
The qualities I look for in a good plugin are simple, lightweight and effective.
If they are free even better, it’s not a prerequisite though.