Page speed is important for a better user experience and also for SEO. In WordPress, there are many cache plugins available. But out of all of them, WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache (W3TC) are my favorite. The major difference between these two plugin is: Super cache is easy to configure where as W3TC has too many options & you need to configure extensively. I have heard a lot of good things about the W3 Total Cache plugin. It’s a lot like WP Super Cache, but with more options. In particular, if you are planning on using a CDN, the W3 Total Cache plugin is really great. To speed up loading time, I’m using MaxCDN on my blog network. To supplement this, I also tested out the W3 Total Cache plugin. This test was performed on my WordPress hosting blog. Search for “W3 Total Cache” from the “Add new plugin” section in the WordPress dashboard. Or you can download the plugin from here and manually upload it … [Read more...] about How To Install & Configure W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin
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Few days back I was interviewed by Zac Johnson on his blog Bloggingtips.com here and one of question that he asked me was, if I had just $100 to start a blog, how I will do that? No doubt, I had replied to that question during the interview, but I want to give a much detailed answer to that question today. It’s not me, but you could also get into a situation when you want to start a truly professional website, but you have limited budget like $100. Without wasting much of your time, let me discuss the whole process that I will be doing to start a full fledged website from scratch: Buying the Hosting and Domain Name First of all, I will decide the domain name for my website and then I will go to Bluehost.com website to buy the domain name and hosting for my blog. When I’m buying the hosting account from Bluehost, I will be blessed with a free domain name for one year. So with Bluehost, I’m getting domain name for free and thus I have to pay for hosting only. I will … [Read more...] about Starting a WordPress Website for Less than $100
Did you know that installing a caching plugin helps you increase your site speed? Yes, it’s so true. That’s why I came up with this comparison post between WP super cache Vs W3 total cache. Both are legendary caching plugins designed to improve the speed of any WordPress website. The great thing about fast loading websites is that you will get additional benefits from search engines like Google as it tends to give better results to the sites that load faster. Moreover you can give a better experience to your blog visitors by making your site loading time faster. Though there are a lot of ways to increase the speed of a website, caching is one of the most effective ways to speed up your website loading time. By minifying your cache’s, you can quickly load your web pages and it’s only possible by caching your pages. For that, you need to install a cache plugin that helps you decrease the server load of your websites. What is a cache plugin? A plugin that is used … [Read more...] about W3 Total Cache Vs WP Super Cache: Best Caching Plugin?
Earlier I shared a .htacess code to prevent image hotlinking from certain domains. Image hotlinking is really bad for website owners as it increases the server load, uses your server bandwidth, and other hotlinkers end up illegally using your work. Today, I will be sharing a free plugin called ByREV WP-PICShield to prevent this from happening. Features and Usage of ByREV WP-PICShield: Image HOTLINK Defense Plugin This plugin serves more purposes than simply stopping image hotlinking. One reason I like this plugin is because it will help you drive lost traffic from Google image search (after recent changes). We all know that Google image search directly lets users browse pictures on the search page, and this could be a major cause of missed traffic. The WP-PICShield plugin will ensure that the visitor has to come to your website to see the image. Check out the below screenshot and see how it’s now optimized for drawing in traffic: (Notice: “Click … [Read more...] about Best WordPress Plugin To Prevent Image Hotlinking: WP-PICShield
Do you know that slow loading pages are bad for search engine ranking? Page loading is an official search engine ranking factor, and if your pages are not loading within 3 seconds, you need to work on it right away. You need to take care of loading time on the desktop as well as mobile. Along with taking care of basic requirements such as good hosting company, cache integration & few others, Content Delivery Network (CDN) plays a great role in speeding up your WordPress site. In case you have missed it, Harsh has already written a great piece about what CDN is and why you should use it. If you are completely new to CDN, you should read that post first. Also, check out: Seven quick tips to speed up your Website load time Does Website load time matters for SEO? Learn how to improve 2 Awesome free site to check your blog loading time Got back? Great. Now that you know why you should use a CDN service let’s see which CDN service providers are the best options for WordPress. In … [Read more...] about 6 Best CDN Providers for WordPress in 2017