How To Speed Up Your Site With MaxCDN and W3 Total Cache

In my last post, I told you guys that the next step in my quest for faster page load times was to start using a content delivery network (CDN).

So that is what I did.

A content delivery network, for those new to the concept, is essentially a set of servers deployed around the world. With a CDN, copies of your website’s static files (images, CSS, javascript files) will be hosted on each of these servers.

So now when a visitor comes to your site, they will download your site’s content from a server that is closest to them (as opposed to from where your web host’s servers are). This means all your visitors will see consistently fast page load speeds, no matter where they are coming from.

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There are several different CDNs to choose from, but after some research, I decided to go with MaxCDN. It seemed to be the most popular one amongst bloggers and it’s being used by a lot of well known sites like StumbleUpon, Yoast, and CSS-Tricks.

This post isn’t meant to be a full review of MaxCDN since I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks so far. I’ll save that for a future article.

Instead I wanted to publish a quick tutorial on how to quickly get up and running with MaxCDN by integrating it with W3 Total Cache.

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Awesome New Additions To Thrive Content Builder

I did a review of Thrive Content Builder (TCB) back in May, but a lot has changed in the 3 months since then.

When you purchase a Shane Melaugh created product, one thing that you can count on is frequent updates to his products. And not just some small, random bug fixes. But awesome new features that always make me smile whenever they get posted on the ThriveThemes blog.

For those of you who haven't been exposed to Thrive Content Builder yet, it's a wordpress plugin that replaces the default WordPress editor and allows you to add custom Thrive elements to create highly converting landing pages. No custom coding is required and everything can be added to your page in real-time just by dragging and dropping elements on your page.

In fact, this post is written inside of Thrive Content Builder so I can demonstrate some of the new features that were added.

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4 Simple Steps To Boost Your Google Page Speed Score

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After my last post on the Fastest WordPress Themes, I thought the next logical step was to see what it would take to boost any site’s Page Score to as close to 100% as possible. So for this post, I decided to take a look at this site, SlickWP and see what things I could do to improve my Page Score.

What I came up with, are four actionable steps that any WordPress owner can take right now to improve their Page Score rating.

What’s the point of doing this whole exercise?

Amazon has even calculated that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost it $1.6 billion in sales each year. (source)

Slow loading websites make a bad impression on your visitors, so anything you can do to make your site load faster is worth doing.

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Top 5 Responsive Genesis Child Themes

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The Genesis Theme Framework is widely considered to be the best theme framework available for WordPress at the moment. It is easy to use (with a little practice) and very easy to maintain. But more than that, it lets you build fast, SEO friendly, secure and attractive websites. It’s popularity is also partly due to the amazing range of support and child themes available.

Now mobile devices of all sizes are taking over much of the world’s online browsing time.  Getting your website to display correctly on mobile devices can be a major task. Gone are the days where folks maintained different versions of their website for desktop vs. mobile. Now you want a website that will render correctly, no matter what device or screen size it is accessed from.

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My Top 10 Fastest WordPress Themes

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Having a highly optimized and fast WordPress theme is an important factor to consider when picking out a theme for your site. A slow website not only creates a poor user experience for your visitors, but it may also contribute in your site getting lower Google rankings then it deserves as well.

I was curious to see what were some of the fastest (and slowest) WordPress themes that I currently own and have access to. So I decided to do a simple test and try to rank them.

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