Ezoic Slowed My Site by 400%

After integration, Ezoic slowed my website to a crawl. It increased the number of requests from 26 to 612, my Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) from 1.5s to 4.6s, and my first-byte time from 0.8s to 3.38s. This was an unacceptable price in terms of speed, and I ended up giving up, even after … [Read more...]

How to Inline Above the Fold CSS

Inlining your CSS is especially important if you have low-cost web hosting, like Hostgator for example. Here are the steps to identify and inline above-the-fold CSS for your WordPress site. Related to Inlining CSS: Best TTFB HostingCDN Web Hosting for Low-Cost ProvidersServer-Side Caching: … [Read more...]

Cheap CDN Hosting: QUIC.cloud and Cloudflare

A CDN traditionally hosted only static files like images, JavaScript and CSS. But new technologies from QUIC.cloud and Cloudflare, allow for full site hosting on POPs around the world. Finally, cheap CDN hosting is within reach, and it'll change web hosting forever. Welcome to a new world, where … [Read more...]

Cloudflare’s “Cache Everything” + Cheap Hosting? Nope!

Update: This opinion piece is outdated. Since I wrote it, Cloudflare has introduced dynamic caching, and with the WP Cloudflare Super Page Cache plugin, you can achieve amazing performance by caching everything. Here's an updated article on how dynamic CDN caching can compensate for cheap … [Read more...]

5 Web Hosts with Great TTFB and LCP Metrics

Low TTFB times are a good judge of hosting. Towards May 2020, Google updated one of its metrics to judge page speed. This new metric called Largest Contentful Paint or LCP is the time it takes for the page to render the most prominent visible element. According to Google, optimizing LCP is crucial … [Read more...]

Enabling Cloudflare Server Push with .htaccess

In mid-2016, Cloudflare announced that they were adding support for "Server Push". This is a very cool technology that can dramatically reduce the time a browser spends downloading resources. Basically it means that the server can send some files to the browser even before the browser actively … [Read more...]

Why the Cloudflare Free Tier is the Best CDN

I've been experimenting with a lot of different CDNs lately, and I've come to a realization. The Cloudflare free tier has the best CDN out of all the others in the market. It's easy to take it for granted because it's free. All web hosts allow you to integrate directly with Cloudflare for free as … [Read more...]