Investing in a premium WordPress plugin can have many advantages. See if you can save time and money by investing in quality plugins for your website.
This blog post is written by Ashley, head of NINE2, a Norwich web design agency that has been using WP Rocket. When you’re as dedicated to WordPress as much as we are, plugins become part of your everyday life, but, how do you make the decision on which ones to try and which ones to buy?
Me and my team here use WordPress ALL the time. Literally every single day.
Like the millions of other users out there we like how easy it is to work with, how flexible it is and how beautiful simple it’s become for our customers to take on website editing themselves (with a little help here and there).
It’s become a fantastic tool for users, developers and agencies like us across the internet. It is constantly growing thanks to incredible themes and plugins like WP Rocket.
As time goes on, we have found that it’s becoming harder and harder to ‘see the wood for the trees’. There are a lot WordPress plugins available.
There are currently over 49,000 WordPress plugins residing in the WordPress Plugin Directory!
A crazy amount of choice! – How do you choose between them?
Then there’s the argument about whether or not you invest some hard earned cash into
WP Rocket reached a huge milestone: our plugin is active on more than 200K websites! We thought we’d share lessons learned along the way to this milestone.
We created WP Rocket in 2013. A little over 3 years later, we are happy to announce that more than 200,000 WordPress websites are running with WP Rocket on board! Here’s what we learned on our way to speeding up so many websites:
1. You can do good and still make money
When we entered the market, the main WordPress caching solutions were free plugins. Why would people pay for something that’s already free? Well, it turns out that customers aren’t looking for free at all costs. Someone told us recently that we had a knack for finding great solutions to what people need.
The lesson we learned building WP Rocket is that you can do good and still make money. No shame in that. Today, we are at version 2.9.7. of our plugin and keep improving every day. 6 months ago we wrote a blog post to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. In it we were celebrating our 100,000 sites using WP Rocket milestone.
A little more than 6 months later, we doubled the number of websites that have WP Rocket installed. 16,000 WordPress websites install WP Rocket per month.
We’ve achieved these incredible milestones while maintaining our core company values. We still get up every morning with the
Installing thousands of WordPress plugins is all too tempting, but would likely break your site. Here's a definitive answer on how many you can install.
With over 50,000 plugins in the WordPress repository, it’s easy to feel like a kid in a candy store. The problem is you shouldn’t because mo’ plugins, mo’ problems. Having too many plugins installed on your WordPress site can cause many potential problems including slowing your site down to a crawl.
Since 40% of visitors leave a site if it takes more than three seconds to load, it’s important to pair down the number of plugins you use.
But just how many WordPress plugins is really too many?
Today, I’ll share how installing too many plugins can become an issue for your WordPress site. I’ll also answer the all important question of how many plugins is too many to install.
Maybe I’m Amazed at the Way Plugins Work
Why bother installing plugins at all? While WordPress is chalk-full of features, it’s not everything you need in most cases.
The WordPress core offers a great foundation for your site, but if you really want to turn things up a notch, plugins are the answer.
They can offer practical solutions such as boosting your SEO, speeding up your site with browser and database caching and providing solid security, but that just scratches
WP Rocket 2.10 is out! Check out the new and improved user interface, the quicker setup and some of the new features that will make your website FAST.
These past few months, we’ve been hard at work. We’ve been planning an informal meetup of our European team at the WordCamp Europe, our startup retreat…and a new version of WP Rocket! We are proud to introduce WP Rocket 2.10, or as we know it internally: “la deux dix” (which is the French way of saying “the 2.10”. Our lead developer and proud Corgi owner Remy has a few surprises in store! This new version of WP Rocket comes packed with exciting new features and some notable enhancements of existing features. Before we go any further, the entire WP Rocket team would like to thank our dedicated team of Beta testers. Their feedback is vital to help us work out some bugs.
Easy WordPress Caching
You will find a revamped settings dashboard that aims to simplify WordPress Caching setup. We’ve rethought the user interface to help our users save time. Improving the user experience is one of our top priorities. WordPress caching isn’t rocket science so we’ve made some changes to ensure that the WP Rocket’s setup would be streamlined and easier than ever before.
WP Rocket And Google PageSpeed Insights
Although we’ve clearly
Big news! WP Rocket is now a WP Engine preferred caching plugin. You can now speed up your website with EverCache and WP Rocket.
We have some big news! These past few weeks, we’ve been working with the wonderful folks over at WP Engine toward a one-of-a-kind partnership. WP Engine has an incredible EverCache layer that helps your load time performance on the server side. Coupled with WP Rocket this setup makes most WordPress websites load FAST. That’s great news for you, for your visitors, for us, for WP Engine and even for Google! We know the search engine has been trying to make the web faster for a long time.
Entering The WP Engine Preferred Plugin Program
WP Rocket is now part of the WP Engine Preferred Plugin Program. Previously, WP Engine was known to ban caching plugins because these plugins created caching conflicts with the EverCache layer.
We discussed earlier on our blog that one of the biggest lessons we learned as a company is that you have to play nice with others. For WP Rocket, it means being compatible with many other service providers, themes, plugins, hosts out there.
We optimized our plugin to be compatible with the WP Engine platform. Some parts of the caching is deactivated to make sure that it does not create any issues with the EverCache technology. This way, we can ensure
Have you already optimized all you can to speed up your WordPress? Here are 5 ways you can accelerate your website when you think you've done it all.
Disclaimer: this article is targeted to a public with an intermediate to advanced technical knowledge. This is a guest post and opinions are those of the author, not necessarily WP Rocket. Services mentioned are not necessarily official WP Rocket endorsements. Have you found the perfect WP Rocket configuration for your site but you wish to go even further with your optimization? In this article we’re going to give you 5 suggestions to locate and solve the most common causes of slowness for a website, even if you’re already using WP Rocket. And if your site is already fast, these points will help boost its speed!
5 ways to identify why your site is slow, even if WP Rocket is working
1. Identify a poorly coded plugin with a client-side analysis
The first move to identify the critical causes of slowness for your site, is a front-end scan of your page with one of the available web performance tools.
In order to get a more accurate result, before launching your test you should deactivate your cache plugin.
Yslow (install it on your browser)
For my tests, I’m going to use Pingdom, since it’s fast to use and presents the results
By taking the following steps you will be able to prevent your WooCommerce store from malicious security attacks, threats and hackers.
Having an online store instead of a physical store is a great way to start a business, but even online stores are prone to security breaches and hacking. While an online store offers many advantages, it is to be considered that such stores have a lot of third party information, log-ins from different people, payment gateways and links to many other webpages. Creating an online retail store is easy with WooCommerce but it must be kept in mind that all online stores make an attractive target for hackers and cyber criminals. However, there are no reasons to worry because adequate safety measures exist to make ecommerce safe and secure without the requirement of too much money or technical expertise. Here we discuss how one can secure their online stores.
1. Using security plugins
Though WordPress is considered to be a safe platform, it is a good idea to increase the security with the help of any of the available security plugins. These plugins keep checking the website for security threats and eliminate them with constantly regulated and updated security measures.
Some of the popular security plugins are Wordfence, Bulletproof security and All in One WP security and firewall. Many more
WP Rocket celebrates its 4th anniversary. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the last 12 months and also share some feedback with you.
Every year, our anniversary is one of our favorite moments. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the last 12 months and also share some feedback with you. On our 3rd anniversary, we achieved great records, changed our price strategy and worked really hard on our documentation (see WP Rocket is 3 Years Old: Reports and Feedback).
In 2017, our 4th year, we are focusing on consolidation: of our team, our product and our figures.
Inspired by the results shared by WooCommerce, we wanted to illustrate the data we’ve found more representative of the past years through a few infographics.
Here’s our retrospective for the past years.
Our retrospective in infographics
4 years of revenue
4 years of our plugin
4 years of our team
A reinforced support team
During the past 12 months, we welcomed 4 new teammates to expand our support team. The number of tickets saw a 62% increase compared to last year, coinciding with the growth of our client base.
In order to help Lucy in the US timezone, we recruited Shelley, Renee and Michele.
The North American team now has the same number of members as the European team, reinforced by the arrival of Romain.
This totals 9 teammates for our support
Caching plugins are an essential tool for any WordPress website. Learn how caching can boost your site’s performance, plus our top tips for caching plugins.
Caching is a complex technology that does one simple thing really well: it makes your website really fast. And speed is critical to the success of your site because people don’t like waiting around for web pages to load. In fact, a study by CDN service Akamai found that 47% of people expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less, and 40% will abandon a page that takes more than 3 seconds to load. So you’d think that in response websites are shrinking in file size, right? Not so. Today’s average web page requires users to download 2.2MB worth of data compared to just 702KB in 2010. That’s a 317% increase in size thanks to things like images, videos, scripts and fonts.
Fortunately, installing a caching plugin can load your site faster – extra files and all. In this article, I’ll cover what caching is and explain the different kinds of caching, but mostly focus on caching plugins and why you need to install one ASAP if you haven’t already.
What is Caching?
Caching is the process of storing frequently-accessed data temporarily in a cache. To explain it properly, let’s first look at what happens when you don’t use caching:
Learn what page speed is, why you need to make it a priority, and how benchmarking your site can help you identify exactly how you can make it faster.
Page speed can make or break a website. The reality is, nearly half of web users expect a site to load in 2 seconds or less, and will usually abandon sites that don’t load within 3 seconds. So ensuring your site is lightning fast is essential – there really isn’t much room for sites that can’t keep up.
But before you go making performance improvements to speed up your site, it’s important to actually know what your page speed is.
That’s where benchmarking comes in.
Benchmarking your website enables you to test your page speed, assess how your site is currently performing and work out what you can improve to make it faster.
In this post, we’ll cover what page speed is and how it impacts SEO, and then look at benchmarking and the best tools to help you benchmark your page speed.
What is Page Speed?
Page speed is a measurement of how fast the content on a web page loads. It’s often confused with “site speed”, which is the page speed for a sample of page views on a website.
Page speed can be described as either “page load time” (the time it takes to fully display the content on a specific page) or “time to first
Looking for a CDN to speed up your site? There’s been a lot of movement in the industry over the past 2 years. We take a look at your best options in 2017.
There are a lot of CDNs around. You’ve probably heard of Cloudflare, which is hugely popular, and other options like MaxCDN and KeyCDN. But choosing a CDN can be tricky because each has its pros and cons. Plus, there’s been a lot of change in the industry over the past two years so a CDN you might have been familiar may have grown considerably in recent years – or been acquired by another company.
So in this post, we’ll take a look at the top CDNs of 2017 along with their features, pricing, and what’s changed in recent
Reducing bounce rate in WordPress is a consistent gradual process. Just adhering to these easy steps and you will be able to increase page views and reduce bounce rate on your website or blog.
Initially, most of the website owners believe that it is tough to get people to their site. On the other hand, the expert ones feel that getting people on the blog or the website is, in fact, the easier part. The tougher thing here is getting the users to spend some substantial time on your website. Even if the engagement and the traffic on your site are quite impressive, it does take some real experimentation and work to figure out ways to make more visitors stay on your website for a longer time.
Also, users should be encouraged to navigate around and check more pages before they hit the back button or close the tab.
What is a Bounce rate?
Your website’s bounce rate is the measure of the percentage of people who clicked on your website but then bounced off from the current page without checking out the other pages.
The sooner they leave your website, the higher will be the bounce rate. An extremely high percentage of bounce rates indicates that something major is wrong with your site.
There can be several factors responsible for raising the bounce rate of your site, and there are several great techniques which can be applied so as to reduce it.
Listed below are a few ways in
Want to make your site load faster? Reducing the number of HTTP requests your site makes can speed it up
Every time you visit a website, there’s a whole lot of technical stuff going on behind the scenes. While words and images are loading on your screen, in the background your browser is requesting and receiving files. These HTTP requests impact page load speeds and, ultimately, affect user experience, bounce rate and SEO. The fewer HTTP requests your site sends to the server, the faster your site will load.
So what is an HTTP request and what can you do to reduce them? Let’s take a look at how server requests work, tools to help work out exactly how many HTTP requests your site is sending, and tips on how to reduce your site’s requests and make it faster.
What are HTTP requests?
The request is called an HTTP request. HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and basically the name for a browser sending a request for a file, and the server sending that file to the browser.
When the server receives an HTTP request from a user’s browser,
Discover the many web marketing benefits of using WordPress as your CMS. From website performance to search optimization, WP has everything you need!
The WordPress CMS has seen an astronomical rise in popularity since its launch in 2003. This comes as no surprise considering it is one of the best platforms for website creation with the shortest learning curve, especially for start-ups that aren’t proficient in coding and lack the capital to invest in a web design team. When it comes to web marketing for your business, WordPress offers unparalleled levels of practicality with its hundreds of easy-to-use plugins and features. In this article, we delve into some of the platform’s greatest benefits for your online marketing strategy.
Enhanced site performance
One of the most crucial, yet consistently overlooked, components of effective web marketing is the performance of your website. If users can’t effortlessly browse your site, the chances of them bouncing to a competitor are much higher.
The key element when it comes to site performance is, of course, page speed. Slow loading webpages are a sure-fire way to frustrate visitors and ruin the user experience.
Luckily, WordPress facilitates the process of making your website load faster with its generous selection of plugins designed for this purpose. There is also a
In this post we’ve shown you the best tools to track your WordPress site uptime and downtime easily to ensure that it is working regularly.
There is no denying the fact that WordPress is an amazing CMS that lets you create even more amazing websites to help you materialize your online presence. With the amount of ease of operation offered, WordPress is a dream come true for all the non-technical website owners because they have been empowered to take care of things on their own with the least help from professionals.
However, there are still certain aspects that need to be analyzed and monitored so that your website performs well throughout its span of operation. This would require an understanding of some technical elements that determine the success of your WordPress site i.e. your site’s “Uptime” and “Downtime”.
Let’s dig deeper to understand more about these crucial factors.
The choice of your web hosting service will largely determine the uptime of your website.
For people new to this concept, Uptime is the duration of time when the website is operational, up and running without any or least instances of the website going offline.
Most of the web hosting service providers ensure 99% uptime for their websites. If your website is capable of portraying maximum uptime,
When choosing web hosting, it’s important to work out what kind of hosting you need. Learn the differences between the 4 main types of hosting.
When you’re getting ready to launch a new website project, choosing the right web host can be a tough decision. Even for experienced developers, it’s no easy task given the overwhelming number of hosting companies available that offer different kinds of services and features. But before choosing a web host, it’s important to work out what kind of hosting you need.
In this article, we’ll explore the four main types of hosting: shared, VPS, dedicated and cloud hosting. Each of these options has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages, which are important to understand so you can determine which solution best matches your website’s needs.
Shared hosting is the most popular option for people building their first website.
When you sign up for shared hosting, the hosting company will put your website on a server along with hundreds, if not thousands, of other websites. This means each customer has to share space and resources on the server with every other customer, including CPU time, memory and disk space.
Think of shared hosting like living in an apartment building. All of the residents share the same building, but share things like elevators
Is your WordPress site running slow? Optimizing your database can clean up unnecessary data so your site runs faster and more efficiently. Here’s how.
Your WordPress database is like a filing cabinet for your website that stores all of your content, including posts, pages, comments, revisions and spam comments, as well as the settings for your themes and plugins. So if you’ve been using WordPress for a while, chances are your database is cluttered and filled with tables you no longer need. This useless data leads to database bloat (I mean, do you really need to save the settings for themes you deleted years ago?), so cleaning up your database not only helps speed up your site so it loads faster, but can also clear up significant space in your database so it runs more efficiently.
With WordPress, there are a few different ways you can tackle optimizing your database. In this post, we’ll look at some mySQL queries you can use to clean up your database in phpMyAdmin as well as some great plugins that make the task even easier.
Note: Before making changes to your database, I highly recommend you backup your website first. Whether you’re making small changes to your site or big ones, having a backup of your site ready to restore will give you peace of mind if something goes wrong.
Optimizing Your WordPress Database with
For many store owners, checkout failure is a constant worry. In this post, we explore the tools available to help you test your store so it’s always working.
Is your WooCommerce checkout working? If you’re not sure or you neglect to test it, you’ve got a problem. For many developers and shop owners, checkout failure is a constant anxiety, especially after WordPress core and plugin updates.
Why? Because when your checkout isn’t working, it means two very important things:
You’re losing sales – and throwing away money
You’re losing face – a broken website is a bad look for customers
These reasons are why testing is so crucial. To quote Chris Lema, whose words were recently highlighted at WooConf:
“Don’t use hope as a strategy. Test everything.”
There’s a lot of truth to Chris’s comments. Testing is one of those really important things that developers and store owners know they should do, but often don’t do because it’s boring, time-consuming and costly to maintain.
But as Brian Richards, the creator of WPSessions, also said at WooConf:
“Mistakes burn money. Testing prevents mistakes. So if you hate burning money, you should love testing things.”
Okay, so hopefully I’ve convinced you of the importance of testing your checkout.
The only problem?
In this post we’ll explore what perceived performance is and take a look at some techniques you can use to make your websites feel faster.
Performance matters. It can mean the difference between capturing a visitor’s email or – even better – scoring a sale. It’s why we spend so much time optimizing our sites to make them faster. But I’m not just talking about page speed. There’s a whole other area of performance optimization that doesn’t get as much attention.
I’m talking about perceived performance. It’s a measure of how fast a user thinks your website is, not necessarily how fast your technical stats say it is.
In this post, we’ll explore what perceived performance is, some of the psychology behind how people perceive time, and take a look at some techniques you can use to make your websites feel faster.
Using the techniques in this article, in addition to traditional page speed optimization techniques, should help enhance the overall user experience of your site.
Note: Interested in reading more about page speed? Check out Page Speed and Why I Should Benchmark My WordPress Site.
The Psychology of Time: Perceived vs Actual Loading Time
Time that you measure with a stopwatch is objective time. It’s absolute – developers can measure the page speed
Is Gravatar adding HTTP requests to your site and slowing it down? Learn how to optimize Gravatar and speed up your site in this step-by-step tutorial.
Images can really slow down a website. They make up a whopping 48% of all web content and account for almost half of your page load time. This is why optimizing images is so crucial. Yet, when it comes to WordPress, many people don’t realize they can also optimize the load time of their Gravatar images.
By default, WordPress uses Gravatar for displaying profile images and comments. But while these small pictures look great and help create a sense of community, they add inefficiencies to websites that really hit your page load speed.
While it would be easy to just not use Gravatar (which we’ll explore below), having no profile images at all would make for a dull commenting experience (it’s nice being able to see who you’re replying to, right?).
Fortunately, there are a few methods that can help speed up Gravatar delivery. In this article, we’ll take a look at three different ways you can speed up Gravatar on your site and reduce HTTP requests: caching, using locally hosted images, and using a CDN.
What is Gravatar?
Gravatar stands for “globally recognized avatar” and is a popular service that enables platforms like WordPress and other web applications