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How To Configure SiteGround’s SG Optimizer Settings (Latest Version 5.6) Including Plugins To Compensate For Lacking Features

You can finally say goodbye to WP Rocket and replace it with SG Optimizer. The SG Optimizer settings now have nearly features from WP Rocket. Since SG Optimizer 5,6, they added heartbeat control, database cleanup, and prefetching external domains. Combined with the 5.0 update, SG Optimizer officially makes WP Rocket obsolete when using SiteGround. A main benefit of…

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The Ideal WP Fastest Cache Settings Including StackPath Or Cloudflare CDN Instructions (2020 With Latest Version 0.9.1.0)

WP Fastest Cache is usually rated the #1 free cache plugin in Facebook polls. I was able to get .5s load times in Pingdom after configuring the WP Fastest Cache settings. They’re easy to setup and have options for both Cloudflare and StackPath’s CDN which can further improve load times (I use StackPath since it’s fast and more reliable)….

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How To Disable Plugins On Specific Pages + Posts In WordPress

Need to disable plugins on specific pages in WordPress? To selectively disable plugins on specific pages in WordPress, install the Asset CleanUp or Perfmatters plugin and use the script manager to disable plugins from specific content. RegEx can be used to disable plugins using URL patterns. You can also do this with CSS, JS, and…

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How To Clean Your WordPress Database (And Old Plugin Tables)

As you use WordPress, your WordPress database inevitably gets bloated. To clean your WordPress database, install a plugin like WP-Optimize and use it to remove spam comments, post revisions, auto drafts, transients, pingbacks, trackbacks, and unused tables left behind by old plugins. A cleaner database can make your website and admin significantly faster. In this tutorial, I will be…

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How To Update PHP Versions In WordPress (Ideally PHP 7.4)

Updating PHP versions is one of the easiest ways to make your website load faster. To update PHP versions in WordPress, login to your hosting account and find the PHP version manager (or similar). Upgrade to the highest version (e.g. PHP 7.4) and test your site for errors. In fact, Kinsta’s PHP benchmarks showed PHP 7.4 was almost 3x…

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8 Useful Cloudflare Page Rules For WordPress Sites

Looking to add the best Cloudflare page rules for WordPress? Many of these page rules were taken directly from Cloudflare’s Page Rule YouTube tutorial. They can help you save bandwidth, improve security, bypass Cloudflare’s caching where it’s not needed (eg. your admin area), and even prevent spam bots from collecting your email address. You should get familiar with how…

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How To Optimize Images In WordPress (For Both Speed + SEO)

When it comes to image optimization, you’ve probably heard enough about alt text. There are actually 20 different ways to optimize images (if you include both SEO and speed optimization). These will give you better scores in GTmetrix/Pingdom, potentially rank you higher in search, and make your content load much faster. I’ve managed to get…

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65 Slow WordPress Plugins To Avoid With Lightweight Alternatives

Avoid these 65 WordPress plugins and your site will load faster. The most common issue is when people try to run slow loading plugins on shared hosting (especially WooCommerce, WPML, or even Elementor). If you absolutely need to run these plugins, skip the shared hosting (yes, including SiteGround) and go straight to cloud hosting. Thank you…

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25 WordPress Speed Optimization Plugins For Speeding Up Your Website In 2020 (Same Ones I Used To Get 100% GTmetrix Scores)

Need a solid list of WordPress speed optimization plugins? These are the same speed plugins I used to get 100% GTmetrix page speed scores and <2s load times on most of my posts. They’re a collection of plugins I use myself and popular ones in Facebook Groups. I do WordPress speed optimization for a living – I geek hard…

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The Ideal WP Rocket Settings For 2020 With Tips For CDNs, Fonts, Images, And Third Party Script Optimization: Latest Version 3.7.0.1

These are the same WP Rocket settings I used to get this GTmetrix report. WP Rocket was rated #1 in numerous Facebook polls because it comes with more speed optimization features than any other cache plugin. That’s why it usually yields better results in GTmetrix, Pingdom, and PageSpeed Insights. It also means you don’t need to install a bunch of extra…