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.
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.
A fast theme is a solid foundation to your overall site performance.
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.
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.
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.
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!