• 18 Useful Tricks To Speed Up WordPress & Boost Performance

    18 Useful Tricks To Speed Up WordPress & Boost Performance

    Last updated on August 18th, 2016 by Editorial Staff
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    18 Useful Tricks To Speed Up WordPress & Boost Performance
    Do you want to speed up your WordPress site? Fast loading pages enhance user experience, increase your pageviews, and help your SEO as well. In this article, we will show you some of the most useful tricks to speed up WordPress and boost performance.

    Speeding up WordPress to boost performance

    1. Choose a Good Web Host

    Choosing a web host will be the most important decision for the success of your site. If you are not on a good web hosting service, then everything else you do to speed up your site will simply fail.

    If you are just starting out, then we recommend Siteground. They are an official WordPress recommended hosting provider, and are known to provide top-notch service.

    If you can afford to spend a little more, then go with WPEngine. They are a managed WordPress hosting provider which means they will take care of all things WordPress for you.

    For more recommendations, check out our guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting.

    2. Use a Caching Plugin

    WordPress is written in PHP, which is a server side programming language. This means every time someone visits your website, WordPress runs a process to fetch the information and then display it on the fly to your user.

    WordPress page cache explained

    This process can slow down your site when you have multiple people visiting your site.

    The solution is to use a caching plugin.

    Instead of generating every page on the fly, your caching plugin will serve a cached version of the page to user’s browser.

    We use W3 Total Cache on WPBeginner, but this plugin hasn’t been updated in a long time, and we will be switching soon.

    We recommend that you use the WP Super Cache plugin. See our guide on how to install and setup WP Super Cache on your WordPress site.

    3. Use CDN

    Many files on your website are static such as images, CSS, and JavaScript. These files normally don’t change. However when a web browser is downloading your page, these files can stop it from displaying the page to your users.

    CDN or content delivery networks solve this problem by serving your static files from their servers across the world. This frees up resources on your server, makes your website fast, and improves user experience.

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  • How much is your domain name worth?

    How much is your domain name worth?

    Domains, Tips & Tricks Jul 18 2016 Andrew Allemann 0 Comments
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    You own a domain name you’re not using and someone asks if they can buy it from you. How can you figure out what it’s worth?

    It’s not a simple as appraising a home; it’s very difficult to find comparable sales and attach a price to a domain. Every domain name is unique and it’s hard to compare one to another.

    In fact, if you ask five so-called domain experts how much a domain is worth, you’ll probably get five different answers.

    But you can get a decent idea of your domain’s value by taking a look at some of the factors that go into valuing a domain name.

    How many other extensions are taken – if you own the .com of a domain and the .net and .org are also registered, that’s a good sign that the domain you’ve chosen is in demand. It means the term you chose for your domain (the second level domain) is popular enough that people are willing to register it in extensions that aren’t as popular as .com.

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  • How to Tweak wp-config.php to Protect Your WordPress Site –

    If you think your site is safe because it doesn’t have any content worthwhile to hackers, think again, because the vast majority of security breaches aren’t aimed at stealing your data or defacing your site.

    Hackers generally want to use your server as an email relay for spam, or to setup a temporary web server, usually to serve illegal files. If you’re hacked, get ready to shell out money for soaring server costs.

    There are plenty of different ways you can strengthen the security of your site or Multisite network, but one of the simplest is to tweak your wp-config.php file. Updating this configuration file, while not a sure-fire solution for keeping out hackers, is worth doing as part of your overall security strategy.

    With that in mind, let’s look at what WordPress constants are and how to use them to make changes to your wp-config.php file to boost your site’s security.

    Setting WordPress Constants

    In your WordPress configuration file, also called wp-config.php, you can set what are called constants in PHP to execute certain tasks. WordPress has many constants you can use.

    The PHP documentation describes constants as:

    “A constant is an identifier (name) for a simple value. As the name suggests, that value cannot change during the execution of the script (except for magic constants, which aren’t actually constants). A constant is case-sensitive by default. By convention, constant identifiers are always uppercase.”

    Simply put, you can set a value to have a name. It’s also applied globally across an entire script so you can use it again and again. Constants are case-sensitive and usually contain only uppercase letters and underscores.

    An actual constant used in WordPress is WP_DEBUG and this is a great example of how to properly name them since they can only begin in a letter or a single underscore. (You can read more about how to use WP_DEBUG here.)

    Constants are also wrapped in the define() function as shown in this basic syntax example:

    define(‘NAME_OF_CONSTANT’, value);

    view raw syntax constants hosted with Image by GitHub

    In WordPress, the wp-config.php file is loaded before the rest of the files that makes up the core. This means, that if you change the value of a constant in wp-config.php, you can change how WordPress reacts and functions. You could disable certain features or enable them all by changing the value. In many cases, this can be done by changing false to true and vice versa, for example.

    Below are constants as well as other types of PHP code you can use in your wp-config.php file to amp up your security. Place them all above the following line in your wp-config.php file:

    /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

    view raw wp-config.php stop editing hosted with by GitHub

    Warning: In Case of Emergency

    Since the changes you’re about to make can drastically alter your site, it’s a good idea to back it up. If a mistake is made, you can quickly restore your site to a point before you made any changes and once your site is functioning as normal, you can try again.

    For more details on how to create a backup or restore your site, check out some of our other posts: How to Backup Your WordPress Website (and Multisite) Using Snapshot, Backup Plugins Aren’t About Backing up, They’re About Restoring and 7 Top Premium and Freemium WordPress Backup Plugins Reviewed.

    If you find you have already been hacked and you’re trying to beef up your site’s security, install a security plugin such as Defender and give hackers the smackdown.

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  • 10+ Ad Networks to Use Alongside AdSense to Boost Your Earnings

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    10+ Ad Networks to Use Alongside AdSense to Boost Your Earnings

    Google AdSense has been the go-to advertising network for online marketers, webmasters and bloggers since the dawn of the internet. Or at least since its initial release in 2003.

    It’s highly effective and reliable for generating revenue from your site, but if you have good traffic, you might want to consider supplementing your income with other revenue sources that are easy to implement and work well with AdSense.

    » Media.net

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    In recent years, Media.net has become the number two online ad network, only behind AdSense, and it’s little wonder why. They are the exclusive operator and provider of Yahoo! Bing Network’s contextual ads across the world.

    With the likes of Forbes, Cosmopolitan and ELLE as publishers showing advertising by Media.net advertisers, you’re in the company of some high-powered brands and companies when you show advertisements from Media.net.

    Features including highly contextual ads, mobile docking, in-content advertising, and desktop interstitial advertising, you won’t find yourself lacking on the feature side when implementing and using Media.net advertisements.

    By supplementing your AdSense advertisements with Media.net’s selection, you will not only prevent all your advertising revenue being lost if something happens to your AdSense account, but you will provide yourself with the largest selection of possible ad types, formats, and optimizations out there.

    » Taboola, Outbrain, and Revcontent

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    By relying solely on traditional forms of advertising such as banners and sidebar ads, you’ll be settling for less than you should, because native advertising isn’t just a new kid on the block anymore, but in fact here to stay for good.

    Native advertising companies that promote content discovery and advertising such as Taboola, Outbrain, and Revcontent are an excellent choice of income supplementation for sites that feature news, articles or regular content of any type.

    Have you ever visited a website, such as NBC, CNN or ESPN, and noticed a small box that says “Promoted Stories” or “Featured Articles” or something similar? Congratulations, you’ve officially noticed an offering by Taboola, Outbrain, Revcontent or another one of the plethora of content focused advertising networks.

    Get your content discovered by readers of sites such as NBC and CNN, or promote stories from other marketers yourself, either way you go, new levels of success await.

    » Infolinks and Kontera

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    Two major players in the in-text advertising genre of ad networks, both Infolinks and Kontera (rebranded as Amobee) offer solutions to promote products and offers to your readers subtly while they are engaged in your content.

    Although many of the larger networks who offer multiple forms of advertisements provide in-text advertising too, sometimes the specialist networks who focus on a certain type of advertising are better suited for the job.

    Regardless of which network you choose, in-text advertising provides you with an opportunity to spread the revenue over multiple networks, which also acts as a safeguard in case one of them starts acting up—not to mention the additional revenue.

    » GumGum and imonomy

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    In-image advertising is not as widely recognized a concept as native advertising when it comes to the big boys like Taboola and Outbrain, but it is a strong alternative for those with image heavy sites, such as image sharing sites, fashion, nature, and other similar blogs or photography websites.

    Using images as a form of advertisement is something that has been brought to the attention of publishers more recently than most other forms of advertising, but it is strongly taking over the image focused sites with the clever solution to their advertising problems.

    With a rather limited selection of websites that can efficiently use this format, in-image advertising will not be the next big hit, but is more likely to provide niche website owners and bloggers with a solution to increase their advertising revenues.

    » Undertone, PopAds and Infinity Ads

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    Pop ups and pop under advertisements are superb in their effectiveness, but with the downside of potential customer and audience irritation; the sites that employ these advertisements are usually image sharing or file hosting sites.

    These types of sites will receive visitors with or without the pop ups and thus can afford to implement them for increased profitability.

    However, many of the larger news sites and magazines have been seen to implement pop up advertising in increasing numbers recently, and this shows their potential on a larger scale as well.

    If you wish to implement these ads, a good idea would be to visit some sites using Undertone, PopAds or Infinity Ads, and checking out what you don’t like about them and what seems to work. A little research goes a long way.

    Conclusion

    We’ve gone through five different types of ad networks you can use to supplement your AdSense revenue, and make your site hit a new advertising high.

    You could argue that you can easily make AdSense or Media.net do the exact same thing without having to register and work different networks.

    However, what if AdSense suspends your account? Who pays the bills then? This is why you should spread your assets over a few different networks, maintaining a backup revenue source without having to reinvent yourself as an affiliate marketer and working with Amazon or Clickbank.

    The networks we’ve listed are some of the top players in their respective fields, and definitely worth a shot, but don’t forget that there are dozens, if not hundreds of capable ad networks for you to choose from.

    By reading this article you’ve taken the first step to a safely distributed revenue stream that will continue to provide for you through setbacks and difficulties. You just have to be smart about your revenue sources.