How To Optimize WordPress


Learn how to optimize your WordPress site and improve your page loading speed.

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How To Optimize WordPress - Video Course

About This Course

Number of Lessons: 41

Course Duration: 4 hours 4 minutes

Course ID: WPMC-0010

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How To Optimize WordPress

Having a slow website can negatively impact visitor experience and affect your site’s rankings and your business results.

This video course shows you how to optimize your WordPress site and improve your page loading speed.

Course Content:

Module 1 – WordPress Optimization

1 – The Importance Of Web Page Speed

This video provides an overview of the importance of owning a fast loading website. (3:25)

2 – Hosting For Speed

Learn what to look for and what to look out for when choosing a webhosting company for your fast-loading WordPress site (5:08)

3 – Speed Test Tools

This video looks at free online website speed testing tools. (3:06)

4 – GTMetrix Test Tool

Learn about GTMetrix speed testing features and how to use this powerful tool. (7:39)

5 – Pingdom Test Tool

Learn how to use Pingdom’s performance and speed testing tool. (3:43)

6 – YSlow Guide [Speed Testing Tool]

This video gives you a tour of YSlow – a free site speed testing tool and shows you what to avoid when using YSlow. (7:49)

7 – Google PageSpeed Guide [Speed Testing Tool]

This video provides a tour of the Google PageSpeed Insights tool suite and shows you how to use this free online tool to test the load time of your web pages as well as a brief overview of the different tools available to help you optimize your site for both mobile devices and desktop computers. (4:40)

8 – Website Pulse Test Tool

This video covers another website performance testing tool offering tools that do more than just test your site’s speed. (3:44)

9 – Web Pagetest Testing Tool

This video covers another powerful website testing tool and its additional website optimization features. (5:44)

10 – Optimizing Images – 1

Learn about the importance of image optimization and different ways to optimize images for your website. (3:59)

11 – Optimizing Images – 2

This video covers tips, tricks, and techniques for optimizing images on your WordPress site and testing site performance before and after. (7:29)

12 – Optimizing Your Home Page

This video provides a number of easy-to-follow ways that will help increase your site’s homepage loading speed in your and your visitors’ browsers. (5:12)

13 – Optimizing Your Database

WordPress uses a database to store your site’s usernames, posts, post revisions, and a whole lot of other data. Optimizing your WordPress site’s database keeps your site running at its best and loading as fast as possible in your visitors’ browsers. This video shows you how to optimize your WordPress database. (3:21)

14 – Web Caching Introduction

Learn what web caching is, how it works, and why it is an important part of your site’s optimization plan. (3:47)

15 – Web Caching Plugin Install

This video shows you how to install and configure a free WordPress caching plugin. (8:08)

16 – Leverage Browser Caching

This video shows you what leverage browser caching is, how to improve your site’s performance by adding ‘Expires Headers’ to your .htaccess file, and how to set it up depending on the server hardware your site is using. (2:41)

17 – Serve Scaled Images

Some of the speed-testing covered in the videos inform you when your site is not serving images that have been sized correctly. This video shows you how to fix this issue instantly. (2:55)

18 – GZip Site Compression

Gzip speeds up the load time of your WordPress site by squeezing all of your site’s files down to a much smaller size and sending this as a zipped up file to your visitor’s browser. Your visitors’ browsers then uncompress this file and display your site to visitors. This video explains how this works, shows you how to test to see if your site is properly compressed and how to get it compressed or gzipped.(3:57)

19 – Minify And Concatenate

Learn what ‘concatenate’ and ‘minification’ mean and how these affect web page performance. (5:25)

20 – Render Blocking Error Fix

Learn about render-blocking, how to tell if this affects your site and how to fix or reduce problems associated with it. (7:30)

21 – W3 Total Cache Plugin Setup

This video walks you through a basic set up and configuration of the W3 Total Cache plugin. (10:20)

22 – How To Remove W3 Total Cache Plugin

The W3 Total Cache plugin is a powerful tool that can help boost the load time speed of your WordPress site but it’s a little tricky to uninstall. This video shows you how to completely uninstall and remove the W3 Total Cache plugin. (2:09)

Module 2 – How To Boost WordPress Speed

1 – Overview

This video provides an overview of what is covered in the videos in this training module. (4:39)

2 – Advantages Of A Fast WordPress Site

This video covers the benefits and advantages of fast site speed and having web pages that load really quickly, such as better search engine rankings, improved user experience and more. (5:50)

3 – Why Websites Run Slow

This video looks at the main reasons why websites run slow. (7:57)

4 – Overloading Resources

This video looks at how overloading resources by using too many WordPress plugins and other factors can slow down your site and what to do about it. (5:06)

5 – Is Your Webhost Slowing You Down?

This video looks at how your web hosting plan may actually be slowing down your site, in some cases by up to 50 percent. (7:35)

6 – Image Optimization

This video covers image optimization and how to compress images so they load faster. (4:45)

7 – Image Compression

This video shows you how to reduce image size by compressing large images on your site. (6:01)

8 – Parasite Protection

This video shows you how to protect your site from parasites (i.e. other people or sites who may be linking to your site or even hijacking your content and/or draining your resources). (7:03)

9 – WordPress Caching

Caching works by storing a copy of your page items (e.g. images, texts, other media elements, etc.) in your internet browser and presenting this copy to visitors so your site loads at a much faster rate. This video covers WordPress caching plugins. (2:27)

10- Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

This video will help you understand what content delivery networks are and how they work to make accessing your website and content faster for users. (7:11)

Module 3 – Speed Up WordPress With A CDN (Content Delivery Network)

1 – Back Up Your WordPress Site

This video shows you how to ensure that your site is fully backed up safely. (10:43)

2 – Speed Testing Tools

Learn what areas are slowing down your website and tools that will help you perform speed tests. (12:48)

3 – Optimize Images

Unoptimized images can slow down your WordPress site. This video explains how to use image compression plugins to improve site loading times. (16:12)

4 – Optimize Your Database

Optimizing your WordPress database is as important as optimizing your WordPress files. This video shows you an easy way to optimize your WordPress database. (8:43)

5 – How To Install And Configure W3 Total Cache

This video shows you how to configure basic W3 Total Cache plugin settings. (14:51)

6 – W3 Total Cache Advanced

This video provides advanced configuration settings for the W3 Total Cache plugin. (15:37)

7 – How To Set Up Cloudflare CDN

This video shows you a FREE way to turbo-boost your WordPress site by distributing it from the cloud. (12:37)

8 – How To Set Up A CDN On A Subdomain

This video shows you how to save money and speed up your site’s content delivery. (10:57)

9 – How To Set Up Amazon S3 As A CDN

This video shows you how to leverage Amazon’s AWS S3 service to deliver content from a 3rd-party site. (7:34)

Course Duration: 4 hours 4 minutes


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