Pre-built WordPress Bundle Sets, Page Speed, Fixes, Site Moves
Pre-built WordPress bundle sets with automated one-click site configuration can provide an excellent springboard for your next WordPress project. They include backup, security, optimization and caching and start at page speed scores of 99%/98% and page load times of about one second or less, even on a shared server. They provide a pre-built platform from which you can create a website that is elegant and unique, yet fast loading and mechanically robust.
WP Site DNA stores your site “genetics” in a set of files that can be separated from your main site and so provide a lightweight and stable means of resetting your site to it's “factory default” if need be. These “genetics” can store almost everything that can be configured in the WordPress core, as well as any plugins that are added, almost exactly like our own DNA.
With this approach, the process of building out a website can be separated out into two main parts—core plus plugins and configuration and the theme or look of a site. Separating out a site like this means that turnaround time can be decreased and reliability and accuracy increased.
In addition, a method called The Plugin Theme has been developed which makes use of almost 100% switchable components. This could be likened to a set of miniature dip switches in the code which allows for each part to be turned on or off independently. Applied, this means parts that are not needed for mobile or tablet displays do not need to be sent to the device, thereby saving bandwidth and conserving screen space.
A second application of this method is that it makes it easier to use the WordPress platform as a basis for, well, anything you can imagine. This could be an online mixer control, mapping, data display, etc. where the standard left sidebar, body, and right sidebar template is used for more than the mere display of text, images or videos.
A Page Speed Tuneup Special is currently being offered for $95. This includes ensuring a caching plugin is properly installed and configured (WP Super Cache), an optimization plugin is properly installed and configured (Autoptimize), and additional optimization is performed (removing script version, removing unnecessary external calls and optimizing the htaccess file). With these core optimization features correctly implemented, you should notice markedly snappier page load times. On an average site, it may be possible to have these features implemented in under an hour.
The regular price for a more complete page speed overhaul is $295 and includes up to 10 to 12 hours of labour. This includes the above, plus also optimizing images, if needed, scaling major images on the front page, if needed, and picking through the scripts loaded by the theme and various plugins. It helps quite a bit if a staging site is already set up for this part of the work. I have found WP Stagecoach (https://wpstagecoach.com/) quite good for this. It is relatively easy to set up and is available for ongoing staging needs or on a "as needed" basis. It is not recommended to implement page speed changes (other than adding standard plugins) on a live site.
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