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I hired a speed guru even better than me

If you are reading my blog, you will see I know my stuff. I have been speeding up WordPress sites long before it was cool.  I am great at speeding up WordPress on managed and shared hosting, but I am not a server guy.

So when my company website, which gets around 50,000 to 100,000 visitors a month, starting to feel the pain, I looked at even more speed improvement.  Our site runs Woocommerce and with many plugins. Bogged down on some marketing campaigns which were giving us the increase of traffic, I couldn’t deal with this on my own, so I jumped on Codeable to find an expert.  That’s when I found Mike Andreasen. Continue reading “I hired a speed guru even better than me”

Everything You Need to Know About Using Cloudflare’s Free Service For Speed Increases

If you are not using Cloudflare’s free service then you are missing out one of the easiest ways to speed up and protect your website. Cloudflare offers a Global CDN network of over 115 data centers worldwide. This means the fastest speed you can get without paying anything. Each free account comes with limited DDoS protection, the ridiculously fast global CDN, shared SSL certificate, and three page rules used to define how you want to leverage Cloudflare for your site. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Using Cloudflare’s Free Service For Speed Increases”

How To Add Expires Header To Static Resources, The Ultimate List

Adding the Expires header to your static content is a way to increase website speed for regular visitors. The Expires Header tells the browser when it can re-fetch static resources such as CSS files, javascript, images and more. A good rule of thumb is one month from the time the visitor came to your website. Below is the simple but complete list of Expires Header tags to include in your .htaccess file.
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How To Stop Bandwidth Thefts By Disabling Hotlinking

When other sites scrape your content and direct link to your site images, this causes an increase of server load. When your articles are popular, this can add up greatly and slow your server down. The good news is stopping sites from hotlinking to your images is a fairly easy fix. All you need to do is paste the following code in your .htaccess file of your websites root directory:
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How To Disable WordPress Heartbeat With Code

Ever since WordPress version 3.6,  a new feature called the Heartbeat API was introduced into the WordPress framework. Basically, the Heartbeat API communicates live from your browser to the server in order for WordPress to manage admin sessions, page & post revisions, and handle auto saving. I am going to show you how to easily disable the Heartbeat API and keep your server safe from excessive CPU usage.
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