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The WordPress Performance Masterclass for Bloggers


Or faster than three days. Completely up to you. This self-paced course gives you everything you’ll need to create the fastest WordPress websites on the planet.

Based on decades of web & systems engineering experience — I will cover everything from performance mindset, minification, hosting, and image optimization to QUIC, PRPL, and asset management — and it won’t end there.

This course will continually grow and improve as new web performance techniques are discovered or new WordPress themes/plugins become available.

You’re here early! Join the masterclass while I’m building it. I share the lessons early and add some extra insights into the creation process.

It’s going to be epic and I’m building it publicly lesson-by-lesson rather than wait for it to be completely done upfront; so you don’t have to wait.

Here’ s a running list of what I’m working on right now:

  • Why Performance/Mindset?
    The “why” of performance is an important aspect to understand, as well as the mindset behind it.
  • Backups
    It’s important to have a safety net before making changes to your site.
  • Testing Performance
    Measuring the improvements is a necessary skill in web performance.
  • Theme
    A fast theme is a solid foundation to your overall site performance.
  • PHP
    New versions of PHP are significantly faster than previous releases. Here’s what you need to know.
  • Minification, Combination, & Compression
    The first step into reducing the network payload your reader must download.
  • PRPL
    A pattern of web speed optimization to help make your pages load “instantly.”
  • Lazy/Deferred Loading
    Not loading all media and scripts when off-screen is a powerful tool.
  • Image Optimization
    Images can often be the biggest payload your reader will load — reduce their size for max performance.
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
    Illustrations that are created using math formulas in code.
  • Disable WP Features
    Some WordPress settings and features to turn off for performance.
  • Reduce Bulk
    Not every page needs to load every file. Control assets and improve load times.
  • Third-Party “Junk”
    Resources loaded from outside your domain are difficult to optimize
  • Web Fonts & Icons
    Subsetting fonts and icons is an important optimization
  • Queries & Query Monitoring
    Reduce the number of queries on load to improve time to first byte
  • DB Cleanup & Optimization
    A clean, optimized database is a fast database.
  • Caching
    Various types of caching are the cornerstone to fantastic performance.
  • Solving Caching Issues
    Sometimes caching causes problems, here’s how to solve some of the common issues.
  • Hosting Media
    You don’t want to deliver audio and video from your host.
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDN)
    A CDN can improve your site speed globally, and reduce cloud hosting costs.
  • QUIC/HTTP3
    The latest HTTP spec brings some great performance improvements.
  • Domain Name Service (DNS)
    Every visit to your site starts with a DNS query. A fast DNS is a faster time to first byte.

This could be all that is covered, but most likely there will be more added over time. And certainly lessons will be enhanced/updated over time. But for now, this is what I’ll be covering.

See you in class!