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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 34

Over on WPTavern, Sarah has a post about AMP for WordPress. It looks like the plugin is close to its 1.0 release and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with it. AMP, for those of you that don’t know, is Accelerated Mobile Pages. It has been around for three years and is a pet project of Google’s to try to speed up websites so you don’t have to wait forever for pretty designs to get the content you want.

I have used AMP a few times on projects but haven’t noticed any big SEO benefit or user benefit from doing so. Continue reading →

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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 33.

Over on WPBeginner, they have a great post for true WordPress beginners. If your WordPress site has just been set up and you now want to add plugins, this guide is for you. It walks you through how to select good plugins from the WordPress Plugin Repository. This is the kind of beginner guide that I’d love to see show up on the plugins screen of WordPress before users can add anything to their sites.

For those of you on WordPress.com, if you are willing to upgrade to the business plan, you can get Jetpack search. Newer people to the WordPress ecosystem probably don’t know how bad WordPress’ built-in search is, but I’ve watched it evolve over the last fifteen years and still end up as something companies quickly replace with better solutions.
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For many Working Remote is a fad, or a movement. For me I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember. Pretty much since I was 19 years old. One of the most important parts of running a remote company is picking the right tools. We carefully tested tools and found these 17 essential tools that keep our business afloat and prospering.

WordPress

WordPress now powers 30% of all sites on the web, according to the latest figures from web survey provider W3Techs. According to the most recent numbers, for the end of February 2018, WordPress is at 30.0% for absolute percentage of websites, giving it a 60.2% market share for all content management systems. I’ve personally been using it since it was created and it’s the only CMS I recommend.

Marketers Delight

I first met Alex online when he was working at Thesis Themes. As many know I was the first user of Thesis. In fact it was developed for a network of sites I was running in the early days of WordPress when I was running BlogMedia, Inc.

Later Alex started his own framework called Marketers Delight and I was overwhelmingly pleased with his framework. In fact it’s the framework that runs this site as well as a few clients.

Marketers Delight is a framework with marketing tools built in, it’s also one of the fastest WordPress themes on the planet. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants a fast site that just works out of the box.

PressTitan Servers

Here at PressTitan we primarily use Digital Ocean & Vultr as our data center providers and each site gets it’s own dedicated VPS, then it’s combined with a premium CDN or our in house Atlas Accelerator, and delivered by the best dns providers in the industry.
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We have been transitioning WordPress websites off of slower web hosts for a while now, and even just making that one change can make a huge difference. Our hosting platform includes faster response times, better caching and overall can increase the page loading time of your site.

Here are some stats from Pingdom tests on some recent transitions we have done. Continue reading →

There has been a huge amount of discussion about Hurricane Irma as well as Hurricane Harvey which proceeded it and how it might affect different industries, and one area that isn’t talked about often is web hosting.

For many people, having their site go down for a few hours, or even a few days, isn’t all that important, but when it means the difference between being able to pay for the hotel room you need to stay in to keep your family safe and the supplies you need to secure your home or not, then it can become front-of-mind.

How do you make sure your website stays secure with the constant threats from natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes? Continue reading →

I often get called in to look at a website running WordPress with out of date plugins. I ask the owners why they haven’t updated and often the answer I hear is one of fear.

“I am worried that it will break things,” they say.

If you are in the same boat, don’t feel bad. It is still very common, and we here at PressTitan want to help change that.

Some of the biggest issues with running high-performance WordPress can be related to out of date plugins on updated server software, updated themes, or updated WordPress core. Having your plugins be out of sync with the rest of your website is a recipe for disaster. Continue reading →

Through my entire career, I’ve run into people that didn’t believe that WordPress could scale. They looked at sites weighed down by poorly coded themes and plugins or just made assumptions based on experiences from a long time ago.

WordPress can scale to meet the needs of any size website if developed and managed correctly.

One of the clients I worked with a few years ago was a non-profit organization that was building an audio management system on top of WordPress using the new-at-the-time WordPress REST API. Their project garnered more and more attention until Google decided they were going to promote it.

I was working with a team that was responsible for the server platform that this nonprofit was using and the news about Google came in only days before the promotion was to happen. The project was going to be linked to on the homepage of Google, right below their iconic search input box. Continue reading →

Read the following paragraph and then let it soak in:

“Amazon found every 100ms of latency cost them 1% in sales. Google found an extra .5 seconds in search page generation time dropped traffic by 20%. A broker could lose $4 million in revenues per millisecond if their electronic trading platform is 5 milliseconds behind the competition.”

Let’s take a hard look at that. This came from a presentation by Greg Linden.

In the whole Managed WordPress Hosting space there’s a lot of talk about security, a lot of talk about ease of use, unfortunately, there’s not enough talk about building latent applications, about coaching companies in the art of web performance.

When building PressTitan we sought out to solve a simple set of problems. Speed, reliability, growth, and accessibility. People want a fast website, people want a reliable website, people want their websites to grow, and if they do have a problem they want to be able to talk to someone who cares, and knows how to fix it. Continue reading →