It seems the #1 topic of conversation these days is about fast website loading speed. You want to know how to make your website load faster, and so I am here to share what I’ve learned.
Follow these 3 steps for faster website loading:
#1: Test your website’s page loading speed
Wanna see how your site ranks? Test it here: Pingdom Tools. This will tell you your current rating, so you can see if you need improvement.
Most of us do.
#2: Create a CDN account
Here’s a little video from MaxCDN to show off their bells and whistles. Be sure to read to the bottom of this article for a discount code from Yoast:
#3: Install WordPress Super Cache Plugin and add your CDN
To help with setting up WordPress with WP Super Cache instructions: click here.
As a reward, now test your site again…
I like to use Yslow, which analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. I bet you go up at least one grade!
What is aÂ CDN?
CDN stands for Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution Network. Basically, itâ€™s a bunch of highly optimized servers all across the world, with a bit of unique logic worked into them: youâ€™ll always hit the server thatâ€™s closest to you. This leads to huge performance improvements for sites that have visitors from all across the world, like this one.
The CDN works with so called Pull URLâ€™s. This means you specify a directory on your server that it pulls all files from, which it then starts serving from the CDN. This allows for a few quite neat tricks, for starters, to serve all your uploaded files from the CDN quite easily, once youâ€™ve done some WordPress stuff that Iâ€™ll of course take care of for you.
Who should be using a WordPress CDN solution?
Because it distributes your data across the globe, a CDN is beneficial for pretty much everyone. Larger WordPress blogs and sites with a lot of traffic, sites serving videos or other downloadable files benefit most, as it speeds up these downloads. Other sites that benefit are sites that are often on Digg or other huge sites â€“ as it spreads the load across a network of servers, rather than just one.
Get a coupon and get started
MaxCDN is only $39.95 for the first terabyte, which is enough for a year for most sites. With the coupon code yoastcdn though, youâ€™ll get another 25% off! Thank you, Yoast!
If you want to get it now,Â click here and speed off into the sunset!