Google PR vs Page Speed

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Update: As of April 2016, Google has shut down PageRank data to the public.

Google has repeatedly mentioned that site speed, load time and performance of a site does matter for Google on search engine rankings. While I’m not into SEO and I rarely cared about Google PageRank in particular, I have been in shock for the past 10 days or so, even since my Piwik statistics showing me that this site’s Google PR went from nil to 5!!!!! Yes, that f-i-v-e, five out of the maximum of 10! Continue reading “Google PR vs Page Speed”

Varnish for the masses – Gandi.net Simple Hosting Review

Gandi.net Simple HostingLast month, Gandi.net sent a tweet providing free hosting for a month on their simple hosting package. As I already purchased a domain from them and was already looking for a host, I immediately replied and received the promo code within minutes. I’ve been using their service for about 20 days now. So, here is a quick review on how it went on so far, how it fares comparing to other hosting providers, its advantages over others and its unique disadvantages! Continue reading “Varnish for the masses – Gandi.net Simple Hosting Review”

Remove Query String on CSS & JS Files

How to Remove Query String on CSS & JS FilesHave you seen WordPress version number as a query string after every CSS and JS file? You are not alone. It is easy to remove that string, even though there is little documentation available in the codex. Please note that it is different from what WP-Minify plugin adds in the minified version of the CSS and JS file. Having the query doesn’t allow certain browsers to cache the CSS and JS files. Once removed, it offers performance benefits on those browsers. Moreover, who would want to expose the version of WordPress at the end of these files? Continue reading “Remove Query String on CSS & JS Files”

W3 Total Cache Alternatives

Cachify Logo for the post entitled W3 Total Cache plugin alternativesThere is no doubt that W3 Total Cache has so many options to optimize any WordPress site than any other caching plugin. Even if you use all the features it offers there are other ways to achieve the same, manually, with better efficiency and better results.

Additionally, if you have used W3 Total Cache plugin for at least a year, especially on a multisite, you’d know that it is not a perfect plugin. As with any other plugin out there, it has its own bugs, does some nasty things, some unsatisfied users, had some security flaws on some hosts and a lot more. What’s more, it is not actively developed as of now. The latest development log shows that it’s been 5 months since the last commit with the number of unanswered questions growing by every day in the WordPress support forums.

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How To Benchmark A WordPress Blog?

Blitz Logo - a benchmarking toolI come across this question on benchmarking WordPress in almost every optimization project I work with. So, here is a quick post to make the answer available to everyone (who might ask this question in the future).

Benchmarking can be done in two areas. Firstly the server benchmarking. It is the ability of the server to manage N number of concurrent visitors to the site. The other is application (WordPress) benchmarking. It depends on how quickly it can generate a complete webpage for the server to serve the visitor.

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Nginx Rewrite Rules for WP Admin over SSL

This is a continuation of administering your WordPress blog over SSL to increase your blog security.

Nginx rewrite rules are tricky, but are easier to learn once you understand them. I’m sure they are lot easier to understand, learn and write than .htaccess rules for Apache HTTP server. Here I solve an important issue when you use WordPress over HTTPS, otherwise called the secure protocol. Continue reading “Nginx Rewrite Rules for WP Admin over SSL”