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How to make a Fast WordPress Website

How to make a Fast WordPress Website

Have you been wondering exactly How to make a Fast WordPress Website that loads in 1-2 seconds?

Did you know that Google and other search engines penalise you if your site takes longer than 3 seconds to load?

You might read online that you need to do lots of fancy stuff, including server side caches and other technologies. The truth is that it is all about the design and server location.

Go for minimalist

When I create a WordPress website, I almost always use the default themes like Twenty Twenty, or Twenty Nineteen etc. I then Tweak them with a child theme and my own CSS code.

This keeps them lean and fast, and reduces the maintenance of the site significantly.

If you love lots of bells and whistles and top heavy themes, you will find your site performance will drop.

Reduce the plugins

Sometimes I see websites with 50 or more plugins. In fact I have created them for clients who insist on every feature known to man. When you create your own child theme you should be able to keep your plugins down under the 20 mark. My website has just 11 plugins, and these include the required ones (in my opinion) like Up Draft back up, Yoast, WP Fastest Cache.

Don’t be lured into adding more and more features. Each plugin has the potential to slow you down and crash your site during updates.

Learn to work within the theme without unnecessary plugins.

Server location

If you sell to Australian clients, don’t use the overseas server as it will add seconds to your load time. You will see server hosts for as little as a few dollars per month. Most of these are not based in Australia.

I only use Australian servers, and recommend you do the same. Even though they cost around $10 per month more for an average small site.

Keep your site hosted in the country you sell to as your primary market.

Necessary evils

Some things you will need to add on that will slow your site down, like Google Analytics code and Facebook chat. These will ad a second or two to your page load times, however they are beneficial and worth it.

Optimise your images

Try and avid too many large images and ensure your images are optimised. There are many online optimisation websites that are free and easy to use.

To use them, simply visit the site and upload your images. You can then download the optimised version, all for free.

Here is one I use. https://tinypng.com/

Cache

Ensure you have a WordPress cache plugin, I use WP Fastest Cache, free version. This will speed up your site, but you will need to experiment with the settings to get the best result.

Summary

It’s no point having a beautiful site if people bounce off it as it takes too long to load. It’s also no point if the search engines don’t display your website.

Keep your WordPress website lean and fast, and keep your clients happy.

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Existing Website Review

Existing Website Review

Do you have a website that could do with a website review? Have you ever wondered if your site is well put together or is likely to rank well. Is your keyword density ok and your call to action well balanced.

I will review your front page and one random deep page and cover all the areas below.

First Impressions

When people land on your home page, the worse thing that can happen is they bounce off and leave immediately. Not only could you lose a prospect, you also get penalised by search engines as your website is not interesting, or relevant to the people landing on it.

Your site will be checked on PC and mobile in the website review process. I will cover things like the overall look, page load speed, page load behaviour, font, colours and your business message.

Relevancy

There is an old saying in marketing that goes something like this. If you want your message to be clear, show a 7 year old for 5 seconds, then take it away and ask them what your business does. If they are not correct in the answer, your message is not clear enough. I will check your message and give you suggestions to consider.

Site Performance

I will run a full diagnostic report on several of the top tools in the market and check your back end performance. I will offer you advice on what you should do now, and what is less urgent.

SEO Performance

I will run keyword analysis in your text, your text to code ratios, keyword density, meta tags, and your page rank for what you tell me your primary services are. I will also offer advice of what needs fixing.

Responsiveness

You will receive a report showing what your site looks like on all devices, including Android phones, iPhone, Tablets and PCs. So you will know exactly how your site performs on each device.

Marketing Visibility

I will check your site ranking on Bing, Yahoo, Google. I will also check your Google Business Places and BING Business listing and offer advice on how to improve these.

Linking

You will also receive a report on how many pages link to you, the quality of your links, your cross linking, internal and external links.

CTAs

Are you call to actions appropriate, or are they too bold and intrusive, or meek and mild and unlikely to get traction, I will offer my experience here too.

Check out my pricing page here

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Best Price Website Sale

If you are looking for the best deal on a new website, check out my latest offer. A custom built WordPress 10 page website, with free hosting for 12 months $390, or a full eCommerce site for unlimited products, only $890.

Or a bare WordPress site ready for you to modify yourself, just $190

All my websites include:

  • Free hosting for 12 months so you don’t have to do anything for a year.
  • Free email accounts
  • Free support
  • Free social marketing automation for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn, so the site will market it’s products and blog automatically for you.
  • Free SEO system setup and installed
  • Free Google sitemap and submission to Google
  • Free server configuration

Contact me via Facebook for more information, or checkout my Gallery for some past work.

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Welcome

Welcome to my new WordPress website. I thought since I design websites, I better make a cleaner one for myself, as they say a mechanic always drives the worst car, and a plumbers taps always drip. The true is the same for me, I have neglected my website for so long now.

The new website will stay clean and neat and like always I offer the best deals on websites, and web marketing, and I will focus on my updated blog, which this is the first entry.

Hosting and Website packages

I know offer hosting packages starting at $5 per month on fast Aussie servers that you can find on my pricing page. I have also updated my pricing on WordPress sites.

Have a look through my site, it is simple and fast, which in my opinion, they all should be.

Stay tuned for lots more blogs to come.