ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Stability and Security

While open source publishing platforms (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.) are loaded with positives, one of the growing challenges is making sure the combination of themes and plugins function as designed without conflicts following updates. If you think you can avoid the problem by simply ignoring updates, think again. They often include critical security updates that protect your site from hackers looking to exploit potential vulnerabilities. More often, updates include improvements and new features that keep your site running optimally across all device types and browsers as well as making sure you can … Read more

Minification

ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Minification and Reducing HTTP Requests

One of the most common problems WordPress users run into over time are slowdowns resulting from an overload of HTTP requests. In English, those requests are the sum of getting and sending data, which could be something simple like files and images to something quite complex like social sharing, analytics tracking, and eCommerce functionality. The more stuff a user can interact with on any given page, the more HTTP requests it generates. The more HTTP requests you have, the slower your page will load. Minification is one of the most accessible ways … Read more

Database Optimization

ArtsHacker’s Guide To Combating Post Net Neutrality Slowdowns: Database Optimization

At the heart of a website is its database. Different publishing platforms will opt for one database format over another but this installment will focus on the MySQL database management system as used inside a WordPress environment. Although most of the optimization tasks we’ll be reviewing rely on running SQL queries, we’re also include a list of WordPress plugin resources you can use for implementing some of these tasks. The good news there is none of them require you accessing the database directly. 1. Cleaning Up The wp_options Table One of the … Read more

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