Two significant changes have occurred on this WordPress Site over the past week; I moved back to CloudFlare from Google PageSpeed Service and the Site is now HTML5.
Moving from Google PageSpeed Service to CloudFlare
My obsession with Website load speed continues. Those that have read my Blog for awhile will know that I’m a little fanatical about getting my Website to load as efficiently, effectively and as fast as possible. I’ve tried all sorts of combinations of on-page optimization, caching, using various CDNs (MaxCDN and Amazon CloudFront), using WordPress Plugins (W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache), using different hosting locations, webhosts, hardware and software and on and on. It’s relatively simple with WordPress to get some significant gains in load speed. Once those initial gains have been realised it gets increasingly complex and time-consuming to get further benefits.
Services that have become more common over the past few years are those that provide optimization and CDN services all in one. The two I’ve used are CloudFlare and Google PageSpeed Service. Both are absolutely superb but are for different audiences (CloudFlare is super simple to use whereas Google PageSpeed Service needs more technical knowhow). I moved from CloudFlare Pro to Google PageSpeed Service a few months ago. This week however I moved back to CloudFlare. Here is a promo video that describes CloudFlare:
About two weeks ago my WordPress dashboard became incredibly slow. As an example, just clicking Publish on a Post would mean a two or three minute wait for the Post to be Published. It was too slow to work at those speeds. I performed all sorts of troubleshooting and just couldn’t get to the bottom of the problem. I then decided to switch off Google PageSpeed Service on the Site and suddenly all was again back to normal. I’ve therefore moved back to CloudFlare.
Hello HTML5 Theme for WordPress
I’ve built many WordPress Sites using StudioPress Themes and my Site uses a StudioPress Theme. I do quite alot of Theme customization with Genesis (StudioPress framework Theme) and the HTML5 Themes by Genesis use a few different hooks and different markup to those used on HTML4 built Sites. Because of the new hook naming and markup, in addition to the schema.org advantages inherent in HTML5, I though it about time to update my own Site to a Genesis HTML5 Theme. And now it is running HTML5.
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