Database Optimization

Your site’s database is basically a giant library.  When your site is new, everything is neatly organized, easy to find, and fast to retrieve.  But as time goes on, you discover that the librarian is a big-time hoarder.  Junk books that nobody will use are still on the shelves, the most popular books are strewn randomly across the back of the library, and the index hasn’t been up to date in years.  Since every WordPress page load involves retrieving specific information from your database, it’s crucial that the database is in order.  Once we clean house and fire the librarian, your site will suddenly take a notable turn for the better.

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Image Optimization

When your typical cell phone camera has enough horsepower to plaster half a wall with a high res photo, it’s no shock that your typical website home page is bigger than an average MP3 file.  And considering that there is next to no visible difference between a 1mb image and a 100kb image on your home page, there’s just no reason to use images of that size.  By simply matching your website with the image size it needs, we can often cut your site’s home page size in half which will have a major impact on speed – particularly for those mobile visitors.

Advanced Caching

With more responsibility comes more overhead.  Whether that responsibility comes in the form of more functionality (like e-commerce) or more traffic, if WordPress has more to manage, it’s critical that even the finer details of the site are appropriately cached for the site to run like a well oiled machine.  With advanced caching, we dive deeper into the internals of your site with database query, object, and even more advanced page and browser caching to make sure that every part of the site is fine tuned to maximize your existing hosting resources.

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Basic Code Optimization

Your typical website’s front end code is a lot like your average meeting – filled with people that don’t need to be there and large pockets of useless banter.  A good meeting focuses on an objective, and cuts-out the useless crap.  Your website works the same way.  By eliminating unnecessary requests from your site’s page load and reducing the size of the typical code file that loads on your site, your visitors are able to spend less time waiting for the site to load and more time interfacing with your business.

WooCommerce Support

WooCommerce is one of the most popular e-commerce systems in the world thanks to its ease of use and integration with WordPress.  But as with all e-commerce software, as your site grows in sales, products, and traffic, more and more horsepower is needed to keep up with an increasing pile of information that it has to manage just to keep the sales rolling in.  And it’s often no more noticeable just how direct an impact speed has on your business than with e-commerce as sales drop noticeably with each second.  But by reorganizing the database to more effectively manage the data on hand, you can get back to the sane site speeds you expect from your website.

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Under the Hood

  • A complete Basic Optimization
  • Advanced page caching
  • Advanced browser caching (ETags, gzip compression)
  • Object and/or database query caching
  • WooCommerce config optimization (if applicable)
  • InnoDb database conversion and slow query optimization
  • Database index additions, integrity optimization/repair
  • Database junk removal
  • Image optimization
  • HTML, CSS, JS minification (if possible)
  • File combination for CSS and JS files (if possible)
  • JavaScript processing deferment (if possible)
  • Removal of query strings for static files
  • WP 404 handling for static files
  • Detection of slow plugins or 3rd party scripts
  • WordPress configuration optimization (memory, cron)

Average Speed Improvement After Advanced Optimization: Over 100%

FAQs

When do I need this?
When it comes to site speed, a better question might be “when don’t I need this?” Study after study has shown that every major online sales and marketing metric is impacted directly by site speed. Site stability, uptime, and speed all impact conversion rates, abandonment rates, ad click throughs, and overall customer satisfaction. The general expectation most visitors have is that your site will load in 2 seconds or less. Consequently, most studies suggest that for sites that take over 2 seconds to load, you can expect a 4-7% conversion or ad revenue loss for every second it takes to load your site. And that’s just for desktop/laptop users. If the majority of your site traffic comes from mobile devices, those numbers go up from there. And that is exactly why Google now considers both page load speed and a site’s appropriateness for mobile devices when ranking your site against other search results.

If you’re trying to squeeze every last ounce of speed out of your WordPress install without having to change your hosting infrastructure or recode your site’s themes and plugins, an Advanced Optimization will do just that. If you suspect that your hosting infrastructure is also part of the problem, a Total Optimization is more tailored to that purpose – whether you’re looking to switch your hosting or just optimize the dedicated hosting setup you have now.

How will this affect my site speed and stability?
With Advanced Optimizations, you will definitely notice an immediate improvement in load times and stability once one is complete. Since they are designed to squeeze every last ounce of speed out of your existing WordPress and hosting setup, they touch on every major part of the site that impacts its speed. And because of that, they’re ideal for every type of WordPress site – which is exactly why they are our most popular optimization package.

Ultimately though, WordPress can only move as fast as the hosting infrastructure it is on. So whether your hosting setup is a 4 lane highway or an 8 lane highway, if only 2 lanes are open, your visitors will still be waiting in traffic for the site to load. If you suspect that your hosting infrastructure is also part of the problem or you have a dedicated hosting environment that you can control, our Total Optimization packages are designed to address that problem as well.

How is this different from Basic and Total Optimizations?
Advanced Optimizations are our most popular package because they’re designed to squeeze every last ounce of speed out of your site without having to recode it or change your hosting infrastructure. If you have the budget and desire to do that, but are married to your existing hosting infrastructure then it’s the right fit for your situation – regardless of whether your site is just a small business site, blog, or something more complex like an e-commerce site.

The Basic Optimization is usually best suited to very simple, small, low traffic personal or business sites that just need to get a bit more mileage out of their hosting. Whereas our more advanced optimization packages focus on things like database, JavaScript, and server configurations and on more aggressive caching and WordPress configurations, the Basic Optimization is strictly a focus on the bare minimum caching and configuration needed to take the edge off of a slow loading website. That is exactly what makes the Basic Optimization so suitable to smaller sites.

Total Optimizations are designed to eliminate every roadblock your site has to improving its site speed short of rebuilding some portion of your site. If you have a dedicated server/VPS or are willing to switch to a more speed optimized web host to solve the problem, then a Total Optimization is designed to handle just that and is the ideal choice for very high traffic or very complex websites.

How fast will my site be once this is done?

As a benchmark, we always aim to achieve a 3-4s minimum site load time even with our Basic Optimizations, but 3rd party factors like poor quality hosting can definitely impact that. Ultimately, our optimizations are designed to help your site tap into the resources that it has. So if the hosting offers it little in the way of resources, the impact of that poor hosting will be more noticeable. As an example, it is not out of the ordinary for a boosted site to take 4 seconds to load on a poor quality host and only 1 second to load on a higher quality host, while a non-boosted site might run equally slow on both hosts. That’s why ultimately if you’re looking to get the most speed out of your site, you will have to keep an open mind with your hosting and other 3rd party providers. And, of course, if you’re trying to max out your site’s speed and you have your own dedicated server or are willing to change your hosting infrastructure, then you may want to consider a Total Optimization which is more tailored for that purpose.

Will this make my site as fast as it can be?

That depends. Advanced Optimizations are designed to make your site as fast as it can be WITHOUT changing your hosting infrastructure or recoding parts of your site. So if you’re married to your current hosting infrastructure and it is not providing adequate horsepower to your WordPress site, then yes this package would offer the best you are going to get. But if you’re trying to squeeze every ounce of speed out of your site and you are open to changing whatever parts of your infrastructure may need to change, our Total Optimization package is better designed to do just that.

Will my site get A grades for every score on speed testing sites?

Unfortunately, no. Popular speed testing reports are known for requesting impossible changes or changes to software or websites that you do not control. One ironic example is that Google PageSpeed has been known to occasionally request changes to code in Google’s own services (like Google Analytics). Obviously you can’t change something that you can’t control. Ultimately, what matters is the actual speed of the site. If your site receives an F grade on some particular speed score, but it loads in 1 second (considered better than perfect) it doesn’t particularly matter that you have an F grade for that score. The people visiting your site won’t ever see those grades anyway. They are only interested in being able to use your site and get to it quickly.

Do you fix all issues reported in speed testing reports?

Yes, all of the items that can be addressed on your website without breaking parts of it or changing your hosting infrastructure, will be addressed with an Advanced Optimization. So any issues that are reported that can not be fixed without breaking your site or that require a hosting infrastructure change would still be unaddressed in those reports, but all other types of issues would be addressed to the extent possible with your WordPress setup.

Can you optimize WooCommerce sites?

Yes. E-commerce sites like WooCommerce, forums, blogs w/ comments, high traffic sites, custom sites, and other more interactive sites all require more processing power in order to function as expected. As an example, a very common complaint amongst e-commerce site owners is that the checkout page is slow. Given that the site has to process a credit card, complete an order, calculate shipping/taxes, and more – often for several customers at one time – the checkout page is already geared to be slower than other pages. But when you take a site that is configured with stock WordPress settings and put the weight of e-commerce behind it, you typically find that the checkout page is also being artificially slowed by all kinds of misconfigurations – often the sort that you will never see in a speed report from major vendors like GT Metrix or Pingdom. And if you’re using a dedicated server, VPS server, or low quality hosting on top of that, you can couple that slowdown with either stock server settings (and their slowdowns) or with just insufficient horsepower for the site to operate smoothly. Ultimately when your checkout page is slow, you can more readily feel the tie between speed and conversion than you can with any other type of site. That’s why Advanced and Total Optimizations are specifically designed to handle those sorts of problems.

Can you handle high traffic sites with complex infrastructures like CDNs, load balancers, WAFs, and reverse proxies?

Yes, absolutely. But sites with this type of architecture really only tend to gain from the optimizations that we provide as part of our Total Optimization package.

What kind of reporting do you provide?

Currently we provide before and after reports from major speed test providers to show the scope of the improvement. But for most site owners the results are noticeable even without reports – which is the point of the optimization after all.

How long does an optimization take?

Advanced Optimizations can usually be taken care of inside of a 2-3 business day window.

Can you help us switch hosting?

Yes. Our Total Optimization package includes the option to switch hosting providers if your current hosting provider is part of the problem. As an alternative, we do also offer standalone hosting migration as a completely managed service including site migration and DNS change management.

Do you optimize images?

Yes. Both the Advanced and Total Optimization packages do include image optimization as part of the service.

Do you optimize our database?

Yes. Both the Advanced and Total Optimization packages do include database optimization as part of the service.

Do you work with custom themes and plugins?

Yes we do.  But bear in mind that the more custom a site is, the more custom its optimizations often must be as well.

Do your plans include recoding themes or plugins?

No, but we do often have to do that for more complex or custom sites.  If your site has some sort of artificial speed limit imposed by the way that the theme or a plugin is coded, we can provide you with a quote to address that separately from the main optimizations that we do for you upon your request.

Do your optimization a work with mobile devices?

Yes.  Our speed optimizations work the same across all platforms.  Bear in mind that some speed testing sites will recommend that you make your site responsive as part of a speed optimization and while that is definitely a great idea, it’s something that is a larger undertaking than just speeding up your site.  That said, if you do need help making your site responsive, we do offer assistance with that as a standalone service and can provide you with a quote specific to your site upon request.

Can you help make my site responsive?

Yes.  While converting a site to a responsive design for the purposes of improving the mobile experience is crucial to all modern sites, it’s a completely custom endeavor that is unique to each site.  If you need help making your site responsive, just let us know and we can provide you with a quote that is unique to your site.

Are there side effects I should be aware of?

None that are permanent.  Finding the right fit for the optimizations that are appropriate for your site may take a little bit of trial and error, but they are relatively quick and painless to address and once they have been addressed are permanently fixed.

Should I expect down time?

While it’s always a good idea to plan for down time when making more substantial changes to your site like this, in practice very few sites ever incur down time with the type of changes that we make to them.

What if my site is not just a WordPress install? Can you still help?

Yes. Improving the speed of WordPress will often improve the speed of the rest of your site too. If you have this type of setup, an Advanced or Total Optimization is the closest fit for your scenario. Advanced Optimizations focus strictly on WordPress and shouldn’t be expected to have as dramatic of an affect on other parts of the site. Total Optimizations do include server or hosting optimizations so those do tend to more noticeably impact non-WordPress parts of the site. Ultimately if you are having problems with the speed of something that is completely outside of WordPress, though, special attention needs to be given to just that. In special cases we do extend support to those non-WP areas of the site and if you would like to discuss that possibility with us, just contact us so we can discuss directly.

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