WordPress Speed Optimization: Part 4 – VPS Case Study To Make VMinstall.com Rank Higher In Google Through Faster Hosting & High Availability @ Lower Cost

WordPress Speed Optimization

This is going to be a quick and dirty part 4 for my VPS Series…

It’s been 7 months now since VMinstall has been running on CloudWays with a DigitalOcean VPS.

And at this time (knock on wood), I’m comfortable saying my WordPress is optimized.

But a lot has happen since the VPS case study I posted in November and I want my readers to know about my experiences (good or bad).

You see, it just wasn’t the dream I thought it was going to be after moving VMinstall off shared hosting to a VPS,

I admit, I was very frustrated with my previous hosting provider – but after a couple of frustrating moments with my new VPS, I was ready for GoDaddy hosting. 🙂

Insane, right?

It’s all good now and in a moment I’m going to save you hours of research time when I share how I was able to successfully speed optimize my WordPress in minutes once AJ showed me what to do.

WordPress Speed Optimization: DigitalOcean VPS

WARNING: What I’m about to share isn’t for everyone so please consult your webmaster for assistance!

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scene to manage a VPS, which by the way, you don’t deal with on shared hosting.

So after the migration off shared hosting to a VPS, I went all out and installed TotalCache and set up CloudFlare hoping to squeeze more juice out of my DigitalOcean VPS.

I hunted down every tutorial I could find on TotalCache but to my dismay not much was available for setting up TotalCache on a Cloudways provisioned DigitalOcean VPS.

Eventually I uninstalled TotalCache and CloudFlare because WordPress just wasn’t as snappy as I thought it should be. I also thought administration was becoming far too complex.

At this point in the migration my WordPress was OK, but  I wasn’t done turning knobs and tuning for more performance. I knew there had to be something else!

Now let’s jump to the really good stuff…

Perseverance paid off:

I kept researching and found “The WpFASTER WordPress Speed Optimization Master Course” on Udemy. (Which BTW, now I buy Udemy courses all the time for everything!)

Here’s all the benefits I got from AJ’s Udemy Course:

  • The most comprehensive, in-depth WordPress speed optimization course in all of existence.
  • 43 Relevant HD Videos by an instructor who wants to see me succeed in my mission.
  • Ways to get greater user engagement, longer on-site times, and better search engine positioning.
  • Includes basic, intermediate, and advanced techniques and configurations, without having to learn ANY code.
  • Troubleshooting steps to solve optimization issues as they happen.

Sample Lesson:

>> click here to watch more previews <<

SWEET, right!

I purchased the course and went step by step with AJ McKay.

And yes, AJ, even covered tuning TotalCache and a few other cool WP Plugins.

Just to be up front about this, I noticed AJ was using Shared Hosting for his examples, but no problem because I was able to adapt the lesson for my DigitalOcean VPS.

Here’s how I ended up speed optimizing my WordPress:

  • Installed and configure Autoptimize per AJ’s course (with modifications).
  • Installed and configured TotalCache per AJ’s course (with modifications).
  • Setup the CDN Hack per AJ’s course.
  • Tuned my WP installation per AJ’s course.
WordPress Speed Optimization

CDN Hack

I’m sure there’s more I could play around with such as re-configuring CloudFlare, but for now I’m fine where things are.

CloudWays monitors VMinstall and does daily backups. For $5 a month I can live with things as they are. Click here for a Free trial of CloudWays.

In conclusion, I highly recommend if you’re having speed issues with WordPress that you take a few minutes,  click here to checkout Udeny and watch the WpFASTER WordPress Speed Optimization Intro. If you act fast, you’ll get a 30% discount. Good Luck!


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