Site Load Distribution
Every time a visitor comes to your site, their computer demands the immediate attention of your server. This works out just fine for smaller or lower traffic websites, but as your site grows it’s going to reach a point where your server just needs help keeping up with all its visitors. That’s exactly the point of a CDN. When your site get overloaded with requests, it can delegate basic traffic to a more specialized service like a CDN while it keeps the more complex traffic – like building your WordPress page – squarely in its capable hands.
Under the Hood
- A complete Advanced Optimization
- CDN setup and integration with WordPress (e.g. CloudFlare or MaxCDN)
- Migration of site to a more performant web host
- Logging and statistics program configuration (cPanel)
- Database server upgrade
- Apache configuration (e.g. KeepAlive)
- Apache and PHP upgrade
- MySQL/MariaDB settings tuning
Average Speed Improvement After Total Optimization: Over 125%
Total Optimizations are designed to optimize every aspect of the site from the WordPress configuration all the way up to the hosting infrastructure. In fact the only thing they are not designed to address are the rare problems that can only be fixed by recoding some part of your site. Whether you want to ditch the hosting you have or just squeeze every last ounce of horsepower out of the hosting you already have, there is simply just no way to squeeze any more speed out of your site and hosting than what you can will with a Total Optimization without rebuilding some part of it. That’s what makes the setup so ideal for e-commerce sites where every second makes for a conversion rate improvement.
With Total Optimizations, you will absolutely 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.
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.
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.
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, then you may want to consider an Advanced or Total Optimization which is more tailored for that purpose.
Yes. Total Optimizations are designed to squeeze every ounce of performance out of what you have – both in your hosting and in your WordPress install.
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.
Yes, all of the items that can be addressed on your website without breaking parts of it , will be addressed with a Total Optimization. So any issues that are reported that can not be fixed without breaking your site would still be unaddressed in those reports, but all other types of issues would be addressed to the extent possible with your WordPress setup.
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.
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.
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.
Total Optimizations can usually be taken care of inside of a 4-5 business day window.
Yes. Our Total Optimization package does include the option to switch hosting providers if your current hosting provider is part of the problem.
Yes. Both the Advanced and Total Optimization packages do include image optimization as part of the service.
Yes. Both the Advanced and Total Optimization packages do include database optimization as part of the service.
Yes we do. But bear in mind that the more custom a site is, the more custom its optimizations often must be as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve never met a site we couldn’t boost, but if your site is
unable to be optimized, we’ll refund 100% of the cost.