Grow your online business on a rock-solid foundation
A slow website affects your bottom line, improve WordPress performance and get:
- better conversion rate
- better search engine rankings
- save money on server resources
For more details on why speed matters, check out this infographic on how speed affects your website.
The first layer of a rock-solid foundation is web hosting optimized for your application – i.e., WordPress.
If you’re on shared hosting it’s almost impossible to guarantee a consistent level of performance and you should move to a better hosting solution.
We can help you by hosting your WordPress website on dedicated cloud servers, fully managed by us.
- free migrations
- free SSL
- 99,9% uptime
- daily backups
- performance optimization & monitoring
- security monitoring
- expert WordPress support
The second layer of a rock-solid foundation is the code.
The strength of this foundation is given by the quality of the PHP code in WordPress themes and plugins. Bad code can sabotage your success and you might not even know it.
We are fans of Genesis Framework made by StudioPress.com.
From our experience with shared hosting customers, those who used the Genesis Framework were able to handle higher levels of traffic before reaching their account limits.
We highly recommend Genesis to everyone who wants a better foundation for their website and we also have made some free child themes for it.
The themes are free to download, use them and modify them as you wish, no restrictions.
Most performance issues are caused by WordPress plugins.
Just like themes, the plugins must have good, clean code. You only need one bad plugin to slow down your site.
There are tens of thousands of plugins, free or premium, and many of them are not built responsibly. Being so many, it’s impossible for a site owner to know them all.
To help you, we’ve published a list of recommended plugins. These are tested by us or are successfully used by our customers. We’ve also listed those that are not recommended, due to performance issues.
By improving the speed and scalability of your website, you accelerate the growth of your online business, whatever it may be (company website, blog, affiliate site, web magazine or newspaper).
You will not lose money because your website is not loading fast enough or breaks on the first traffic spike.
You can follow our free tutorials below to make your WordPress website faster or buy hosting from us and get free optimization for your website.
1. Test & identify problems
To improve your website’s loading speed, you must first test thoroughly and identify what is causing the problem. There are several tools to test, follow our tutorial to learn more.
2. Install & setup a cache plugin
If you’re on shared hosting one of the easiest ways to improve WordPress speed and scalability is to implement a cache. There are many caching plugins for the job, follow our tutorial to see what we recommend.
3. Optimize your images for the web
One of the factors that might slow down your website is using big photos that unoptimized for the web. Follow our tutorial to learn more about how to optimize your images.
4. Clean up your WordPress database
A slim database is crucial for your WordPress performance. From our experience, cleaning the database is one of the most useful improvements you can do.
Keep in mind, our objective for writing these tutorials is real performance, not just better grades on popular testing tools.
5. Keep Monitoring
Your WordPress website should be monitored, secured and updated.
Although we can not provide maintenance services because we want to focus on web hosting, we have included in our WordPress hosting plans some monitoring services that can help you.
We have a growing section of resources available to all site owners who want to learn.
We have published various technical tutorials, including video tutorials for beginners who want to learn WordPress, case studies, a list of WordPress experts that can help with various services (programming, design, ads), online entrepreneurship information and more.
More resources (external)
- 10+ useful SQL queries to clean up your WordPress database
- Optimizing Your WordPress Database – A Complete Guide
- How to Remove Unused CSS JS Files in WordPress
- 18 Tips on How to Speed Up WordPress
- 16 Website Speed Test Tools for Analyzing Web Performance
- Optimizing Images for Web: A Practical Guide
- How to Make WordPress Sites Load 72.7% Faster
- How To Speed Up Your Website
- Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site
- PageSpeed Insights Rules
- 5 Tools for Testing Your WordPress Site’s Performance and Speed
- The Ultimate Guide to Boost WordPress Speed & Performance
- How to Find Out Which Plugins are Slowing Down Your WordPress Site