Diagnose Slow Pages with these Tools and Techniques

On Tuesday, we posted an article that discussed the importance of monitoring and identifying speed bottlenecks on your web site using Google’s Pagespeed Insights Plugin. We touched on several reasons why you should consider your WordPress page load times to be a statistic worth monitoring, but in case you weren’t convinced, consider the following: In a 2008 FastCompany article, Amazon estimated that a page load slowdown of only 1 second could cost as much as $1.6 billion in lost sales per year. In 2009 when the average connection was significantly slower, 47% of respondents expected a web page to load…

Identify Slow Pages with Google Pagespeed Insights for WordPress

There are many well-documented benefits of having a fast-loading website including higher rankings in the search engines, better goal conversion rates and more return visits. Conversely, a website that loads slowly can cost you visitors and revenue due to diminished rank in search engine results pages and a higher rate of abandonment from those visitors who do find their way to your site. Thankfully there are many ways you can speed up your WordPress website, from choosing a fast loading theme, through to migrating to a high performance web host. However even if you’ve done all you can to decrease the…

Win Back your Day with Automation and WordPress

If you spend any amount of time online, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid the topic of automation – marketing automation, in particular, has been the buzzword of choice for the past few years. Capterra.com lists an astounding 225 software products aimed squarely at that niche with options for every size of business from mom-and-pop to fortune 500. But what about all those other monotonous and repetitive business tasks that you need to manage day in and day out? Wouldn’t it be worth spending some time figuring out how you can automate some of those tasks as well? The potential…

We benchmarked Amazon’s new Aurora database for use with WordPress. Results within.

As an Amazon advanced technology partner we get a first look at Amazon’s new products and tools. At last year’s RE:Invent Amazon announced a new database product called Aurora, which promised up to 5x performance gains on the same hardware AND would act as a drop-in replacement to MySQL. While we did see impressive gains across the board, on average Aurora RDS is 3x faster than MySql RDS when used with WordPress. Aurora is now in full production at Pagely and we’d like to share some data and thoughts on how it has improved performance for our WordPress hosting customers….

Google Places Reviews: Display User Generated Reviews and Feedback on Your WordPress Website

If you want a free and easy way to display Google reviews on your WordPress website, then the aptly named Google Places Reviews plugin could be just what you are looking for. With this plugin installed on your website, you can automatically pull in reviews from the Google service and then choose where to display them on your site. Both the free and commercial versions of this plugin give you a range of options for displaying the reviews, including the ability to filter out negative feedback. The benefit of displaying these user generated reviews directly on your website is that they…

WordPress 4.3 updates

WordPress 4.3  “Billie” is has been released and we will be pushing out the update to all customers throughout the day. The update process will be completed for all customer sites by 8/20. The major updates in this release include Adding menu items directly from the customizer. Formatting shortcuts in the post/page editor for a more efficient workflow. Site icons upload for browser tabs, bookmark menus and mobile devices. Better password management, when adding new users WordPress will automatically generate a strong password. To review the full details of this release please visit the official WordPress 4.3 page. If you notice…

Toughen Up Your WordPress Site Security in Just a Few Clicks with the Force Strong Passwords Plugin

It’s impossible to overstate security when it comes to managing your WordPress website. While a good web host will have certain measures in place to minimize the risk of any attacks on your site being successful, at the end of the day, much of the responsibility for keeping a website secure rests on the shoulders of the site owner or administrator. While WordPress is a relatively secure publishing platform, if you and the other users on your site don’t choose secure passwords when setting up their accounts, there isn’t much the software can do to stop someone guessing those login credentials…

WP Job Manager: How to Easily Display Job Listings on Your WordPress Website

WP Job Manager is billed as a lightweight plugin for creating an online job board, or adding this type of functionality to an existing WordPress website. The core plugin is free to use and after installing it on your WordPress website, you can then begin publishing job listings on your website, as well as giving your visitors the ability to submit their own vacancies. The plugin has been built to seamlessly integrate with the WordPress back end as well as with your theme of choice on the front end. Thanks to the optional extensions available for WP Job Manager, you…

8 Questions with WebDevStudios Co-founder Brad Williams

Today we have another well-respected member of the WordPress community answering our questions. Step forward WebDevStudios CEO and co-founder, Brad Williams. You’ve probably heard of WebDevStudios already, right? They’re one of the best-known WordPress design and development companies, they’re heavily involved in the WordPress and BuddyPress core, and their team is behind some of the top-rated WordPress paperbacks — including Brad’s very own Professional WordPress series, aimed at design and plugin developers. In today’s interview, Brad talks openly about how he first became involved with WordPress, how the platform has changed during his time, and some common mistakes inexperienced WordPress…

8 Questions with WP Mayor Founder Jean Galea

Welcome to another Pagely interview, and today we have the WP Mayor founder, Jean Galea, in the hot-seat. Jean is best known as the founder of the excellent WP Mayor resource. It’s one of the best places for WordPress tutorials, learning about the best plugins/themes, and also more general tips for aspiring webmasters. Jean also provides some awesome tips over on his personal blog and he’s well worth following on Twitter, @jeangalea. In today’s interview, we’ll tap into Jean’s years of WordPress knowledge and expertise. We’ll be talking about the best way for new WordPress users to get started, how…

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