Is your blog slow? Today I have an easy how-to on speeding up wordpress and I’m giving away 40 CDN packages to boost your blog speed!
It’s funny, I’ve seen many people preach the need to speed up WordPress with the warning that “people have short attention spans and won’t stick around for your blog to load.”
But I don’t believe it has anything to do with attention spans. Every moment of the day is precious. And once a moment has passed, it’s gone. You can’t reclaim it, you can’t re-do it. It’s moments of your life gone…forever.
Why, oh why, would you want to spend the precious moments of your life waiting for a website to load?
Can you see yourself fondly reminiscing about that 5 minutes you wasted? Can you see readers or potential readers doing that?
Google suggests a page load time of 2 seconds max, because slow loading blogs piss people off. It’s a time waster and leads to hitting the back button. Enough of those will cause Google to show you less in search results.
A year ago, my other blog, After Bedtime Blog, suffered from a high bounce rate. This was due to the 21 seconds of load time. My search engine rankings slowly began to drop and my affiliate earnings took a huge hit.
And then I learned of the power of CDNs. After a year of successful use, I want to share with you how you can speed up your blog too and give you an opportunity to use a premium service for a year for free. For Free.
How does a CDN speed up WordPress sites?
A CDN, Content Delivery Network, is a big network consisting of servers in data centers around the world that serves your readers the non-changing aspects of your site from a cached version. This makes load time super quick.
But don’t worry, your readers won’t be served stale content and miss out on your new stuff.
When integrating the CDN with a caching plugin (which I’m going to walk you through) every time you publish something new, a new comment is made, a certain amount of times passes or when you click the EMPTY CACHE button, the saved files are cleared and the current files are pulled onto the CDN’s servers.
And you won’t even know it’s happening!
Who can benefit from caching their site and integrating it with a CDN?
Blog and business sites:
- with lots of photos, videos, ads and widgets.
- with lots of traffic.
- that have international visitors.
- that are maxing out their hosting CPU usage and bandwidth.
Here’s What You’ll Need To Make Your Site Super Fast
- A MaxCDN 1TB Package. Last year I paid $40 for this package, but 40 lucky winners are getting it for free courtesy of MaxCDN in return for me hosting this giveaway. It’s a 1TB package for one year and there’s no monthly costs or anything unless you decide to upgrade the package or you go over your 1TB. When the year or your 1TB is up you can renew or cancel. If you’re not one of the lucky winners, you can use promo code tsmama and receive 25% off the package cost.
- Download and install the W3 Total Cache Plugin. You can do this from your DashBoard > Plugin > Add New and search for the plugin name.
- This tutorial.
I’ve stripped my other blog of the caching plugin and the CDN connection so I can walk you through how to set it up. At this moment, After Bedtime Blog is taking 20 seconds to load.
Today I’m sharing:
- How to test your blog’s speed.
- Easy Peasy W3 Total Cache Settings.
- How to configure MaxCDN for your blog.
- How to get your hands on a free year (or 1 TB, whichever finishes first) of lighting fast blog speed courtesy of MaxCDN.
Test your blog speed
There’s lots of ways to test your wordpress blog’s speed, sitting there and hitting the refresh button or clicking around your site isn’t always the best option. What may load super fast for you, may not do so for friends in other states, countries or those with lower internet speed. This is why I use WebPageTest.org.
It’s as easy as plugging in your blog’s URL and choosing a city and country and browser preference that you’d like to test. You can run this test multiple times, using different cities and browsers. Here’s how After Bedtime Blog is doing at the moment:
13.266 seconds from Chicago using Firefox.
41.389 seconds from India using Firefox.
16.291 seconds from Montreal using Chrome.
Is this sad, or what?
How are we going to fix this?
W3 Total Cache Easy Peasy Configuration
Now if you’ve ever installed W3 Total Cache, you may have looked at all the setting and then had your eyes glaze over.
I agree, it’s overwhelming. Lots and lots of settings. Lucky for us, MaxCDN has done all the grunt work and offers easy to follow W3 Total Cache configuration settings here: Configure W3 Total Cache for MaxCDN.
If you still find the W3 Settings Panel overwhelming, even with MaxCDN’s how-to at your fingertips, I’ve got a try-at-your-own-risk easy-peasy option for you. I’m ok with sharing this option with you because this is how I configure clients’ sites.
W3 Total Cache has the option to import and export setting. Click Here to download the general setting file I import into clients’ sites.
To import the file into your blog, go to Dashboard > Performance > General Settings and scroll to the bottom of the page, Import/Export Settings. Browse to where the file is downloaded, upload the file and the page will refresh. You’ll see this pink message at the top of the screen.
This is just a reminder that we need to now implement MaxCDN with W3 Total Cache. The next section will show you how.
How to Configure MaxCDN to Speed Up Your WordPress Blog
Once you’ve configured the W3 Total Cache General Settings and have signed up for MaxCDN (40 chances to win a free year later on or use coupon code tsmama for 25% off) we need to connect MaxCDN to our blog. Here’s an easy to follow 5 minute video walking you through configuration.
Super Easy, right?
How can you grab one of the forty 1TB packages from MaxCDN for free?
Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below. Contest Ends July 31, 2013 at 12:01AM. Winners will be notified by email so please leave a comment using the best email address to reach you in the Email field. Please do not leave your email address in the Comments box.
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Good luck to everyone! Remember if you don’t win, coupon code tsmama will get you 25% off the regular package price. I am an affiliate and if you use my coupon code or renew your package, I will receive a commission. The StrategicMama and AfterBedtimeBlog have both proudly run on MaxCDN for the past year.