I seem to spend a lot of my time looking at my website and figuring out how to do stuff. So I thought I’d start sharing some of my findings and advice on how to speed your website, to links to useful websites and plugins.

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  • AVIF Image Format Test
    I’ve been testing out the new AVIF image format. Smaller than WebP and potentially faster loading.
  • Core Web Vitals Checker
    A great website for checking how every page on your website performs for the Google Core Web Vitals.
  • WordPress Themes – Speed Test
    A simple test of 5 popular themes, so see how much they affect the speed of your website.
  • TTFB – How Fast is a Fast Web Host?
    I spend a lot of time testing people’s websites. It’s become something of an obsession, after learning why my own website was running slow, I learned more about more about server response times. And I’m still learning. People used to like to say that if your website loaded in under 2 seconds, you had nothing…
  • Idiots Guide to FTP
    What is FTP? FTP is short for “File Transport Protocol” If you think of other shorthand codes you know for the internet – HTTP for example. That stands for “Hypertext Transport Protocol”. So they are both related to transferring data for websites. Http is used for us to view websites from the outside – their…
  • How to Clear Website Cache Fully
    How to ensure you’ve fully cleared the cache When testing your website, for speed to or checking errors. It’s really important to ensure you have cleared every single cache that may affect what you are actually seeing. A good friend of mine and one of my website speed clients, had this exact issue yesterday. We…
  • How Fast is Your Web Hosting and Theme – The Bare Page Test
    I’ve been speeding up my website for over two years now. It’s been a journey, and as with all journeys, along the way I’ve met many people, hung out on numerous forums and learned new techniques and methods at every turn. And I continue to learn every day. One of the things that I learned,…
  • Idiots guide: How to Move Your Website to New Hosting
    As part of my Website Speed teaching, one thing comes up time and time again. Slow hosting. So many photographers have their websites on slow website hosting. Think of website hosting as the foundation for your website. Build something on a poor quality foundation, it doesn’t matter how good everything else is, the hosting will…
  • Removing Really Simple SSL
    Really Simple SSL is a great little plugin for when you are switching your site from https:// (insecure) to the newer https:// (secure). HTTP – Hypertext Transfer ProtocolHTTPS – Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure The problem with Really Simple SSL, is that once you’ve finished making everything secure. It doesn’t do anything. It just sits there…
  • Best ShortPixel Settings for Photographers
    Best Settings for ShortPixel Image Optimiser – for Photographers. Optimum image compression with zero loss of quality.

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