A short while ago, NameHero launched its new website builder – a product that allows complete beginners to get started with hosting their website. I’d written an introductory blog post about the service, explaining some of the salient features. Notably, it’s free for the first week, so customers can actually start building their website to […]
Shared Hosting Tips For Beginners
Web hosting can be quite a daunting concept for a beginner. It’s a lot to wrap your head around – domain registration, hosting, website builders, WordPress, and more. It’s no wonder that people are intimidated and go for potentially sub-optimal solutions like Wix or other services that lock you into a provider with high fees! […]
My Favorite Cloudflare Page Rules
Cloudflare can be used in innovative ways to improve the performance of your site. The most obvious use-case is of course, the caching of static assets, but there are so many other functionalities. For example, page rules are some of the most impactful features that Cloudflare offers. We can use them for caching, forwarding, disabling […]
Exciting Changes Coming to WordPress 5.5!
WordPress 5.5 is scheduled for release on the 11th of August 2020. While it’s still almost a couple of weeks away, here’s a quick rundown of the major changes to expect. There’s no doubt about it – this is a major release, and it’s only the second one in 2020. As always, the changes fall […]
Is a VPS More Complicated Than Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting has the limitation that your resources aren’t dedicated to you alone. You’re always “sharing” them with someone else. So when you see “X GB” RAM on a shared hosting specifications page, it’s understood that you won’t be getting all of that for yourself. Providers have to juggle resources to constantly ensure that each […]
Should You Forbid Google Featured Snippets On Your Site?
Just because Google introduces something new, doesn’t mean that it’s automatically good for us as website owners. Aside from the fact that they’re not omniscient and can make mistakes, there’s a question of conflict of interest. I know the “right” answer is to say that you create websites to serve the needs of your visitors, […]
How To Fix The WordPress Gutenberg Image Layout Shift
A while back I’d written about how to reduce your Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) to zero by loading your site on an ultra-low connection and see what moves around. However, even after getting a CLS of 0 seconds on the Google testing tools, I was still getting a high value in the search console that […]
Is A Cloudflare Pro Plan Worth it?
Last month, I subscribed to Cloudflare Pro to test it out. As you might be aware, I’m a huge fan of Cloudflare as they provide a free service that is unmatched even by many paid providers. I’ve been considering upgrading to Cloudflare Pro for a while just to kick the tyres, but haven’t really found […]
How to Reduce Your TTFB to < 0.5 Seconds
Google has a habit of throwing everyone into a tailspin with their announcements. For years, they’ve played coy with page speed, only hinting that it might be a ranking factor – and not a particularly important one. Last month however, they announced in a blog post that their “Core Web Vitals” will be officially integrated […]
Using SSH Keys to Login to Your VPS – Part II
In part I of this series, I explained how to generate a private/public key pair and upload the public key onto your server. Now we need to configure everything to make it work. Step 1: Paste the Public Key into “authorized_keys” The “authorized_keys” file contains all the public keys that we trust. In part I, […]