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
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
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
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
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
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