Although there’s tons of reasons that your WordPress installation is running slow (including poorly written plugins and themes), I believe the single biggest reason why people have problems is because of their hosting company. The additional need for social buttons and integrations compounds the issue – many of them load terribly slow as well.
People notice. Your audience notices. And they don’t convert. Having a page that takes longer than 2 seconds to load can exponentially increase the number of visitors that abandon your site… or worse… your shopping cart. For that reason, it’s essential that you work on improving your speed.
For WordPress, the savior has come with WP Engine:
- WP Engine serves your blog really fast. First there’s the server stuff: We use only top-of-the line dedicated hardware, we spread your web requests and database queries across multiple boxes, and we’ve hand-built a WordPress-specific caching system that delivers pages in 15 milliseconds.
- Then there’s the stuff inside WordPress itself: WP Engine compresses your content, minify CSS and JS, crunch bytes out of your images, and rewrite the WordPress HTML output to take advantage of more optimizations. And we’re the only WordPress hosting company who includes a fully-managed CDN service, where we serve your static content from “edge” servers all around the world, reducing latency by seconds.
- WP Engine makes use of proxy servers, database and disk caching, file minification, image compression, and content delivery networks for your media. We’ll make sure you’re using plugins that don’t slow down your site.
I spent quite a few hours with the team at WP Engine migrating a very large site (this one) to see how it performed and it was fantastic working with them. We actually have a very large International client moving over to WP Engine in the next week, so we’ll be able to give it a real test drive! I’m excited to see a dedicated platform arise for WordPress to rid bloggers of all the headaches of performance tuning.
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