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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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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!