Speeding Up My Blog
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, do you remember the agonies I went through about 6 months ago because this blog was SOO slow to load?
Remember that I spent ages trying to speed it up?
How I Tried to Speed Up My Blog
- I did major surgery on the number of plug-ins I was using
- I paid a lot of attention to the size of my images
Both of those were “good and important things to do”, but despite all the stress and time spent on the technical challenges of speeding up my blog, and despite the helpful suggestions people gave me, it just stayed slow!
Blogging is a part-time activity intended to support my “real-business” but I got to the stage where I was just spending the time available to me, in fighting technical challenges instead of blogging.
It was so dispiriting because no matter what I did, improvements were minimal and even after spending time and money (on a premium theme for my complementary therapy business) I reached the stage where I was almost too embarrassed to give out my URLs.
Yes, I expect there are more things I could have tried, perhaps even going right down to the bare bones of my WordPress blog, but to be honest I had just HAD it.
So what did I do? I stopped blogging here other than occasionally, and almost completely stopped at my Hair Analysis blog site. After all, those sales weren’t coming from the slow loading blog, they were coming from my static website.
I tried a diversion to blogging on the Empower Network platform and while that was faster, I found their blogging platform infinitely inferior to WordPress. Bug-ridden I’m afraid. That was some months ago and hopefully they have fixed their problems by now, but it wasn’t a platform I could recommend to clients, so I came back to WordPress (with much relief I might add).
Solution to Speeding Up My Blog
Finally a colleague suggested I change my hosting company! This blog is now hosted with HostThenProfit – a subsidiary of GVO, a company that’s been providing services online for 12+ years and it’s far better to load than it was.
The image alongside proclaims that my site now loads faster than 43% of websites.
Sorry the image is pretty small, but I have learned to keep my images small to minimize the load time. I can just see the “faster than 43%”, so hopefully you can too 🙂
The other huge advantage of HostThenProfit is that it INCLUDES an auto-responder account and several other features that – if you’re new to online business – you may not realize you need. With other hosting companies you will have to buy them in at an extra cost – probably a higher cost than the actual hosting!
With HostThenProfit, these extras are included, starting from $9.97 per month. Click here for details of HostThenProfit. This should be adequate for most new online businesses, and there are very affordable upgrade paths so that your business can grow with you.
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PS Observant readers will note that the date of this post is way different from the date of the speed-check. That’s because I wrote happily about the faster service from Empower, before I had fully appreciated the problems with their blogging platform. When I left Empower, I reverted to using standard WordPress on GVO’s HostThenProfit hosting, and that’s where I am now.
Thanks to tools.pingdom.com for this independent speed test.