Site Speed archives


How to get Google to crawl your site faster

26 October 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

google crawl speed

A question that often pops up for sites that are chasing “hot topics” is: how to get Google to crawl our site faster? This could be either because you have a big site and want to see changes faster or because you’re optimizing a news site. There are a few things you can do to »

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W3 Total Cache high-risk XSS vulnerability

23 September 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 27 Comments

High speed keyword research

Just today, WP Media pointed us to a high-risk XSS vulnerability in W3 Total Cache (W3TC). This was a very popular WordPress plugin that has over 1 million active installs. Although it’s a very popular plugin, it hasn’t been updated in over six months. We stopped recommending it a while back for WP Rocket, a W3 Total Cache »

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DIY: Optimize your browser cache

20 June 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 21 Comments

High speed keyword research

Browser caching is the way a browser stores files from your website on a local computer. Browser caching makes sure all files load without unnecessary server connections, which is much faster. In this article, we’ll tell you how to check if that browser cache works and how to optimize it in WordPress. What is browser cache? Browser cache »

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Ask Yoast: Google PageSpeed score

21 March 2016 by Joost de Valk » - 2 Comments

Ask Yoast AMP for small business owners

In Ask Yoast we handle your SEO question! This time we received a question from Stefan Wohlert from Venlo, just around the corner here in the Netherlands. He asks: “How important is the Google PageSpeed score for SEO?” In this video we explain what this score means for your site’s SEO: Focus on a fast website »

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Managing a growing blog: technical SEO

27 January 2016 by Marieke van de Rakt » - 15 Comments

SEO basics

As a blog starts growing, you’ll need to do more things to keep the technical aspects of your SEO covered. The first thing you should do, whether your blog is big or small, is installing our Yoast SEO plugin. That pretty much covers everything concerning technical SEO. We made it that simple. But, as your blog or »

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Site speed: tools and suggestions

26 January 2016 by Joost de Valk »

High speed keyword research

Site speed is one of the factors that determine whether you get a good ranking in Google. While site speed is not the most important ranking factor, its importance seems to be growing. A slow website will also result in a slower crawling rate, so Google indexes pages on your site at a slower rate. New »

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Weekly SEO Recap: Google & HTTPS, Bing no longer nice

19 June 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 24 Comments

Joost's weekly SEO recap

An interesting week this one, including an update that seems to have quite a bit of impact. There are also some nice new features in Google Trends, possible labels for slow loading sites and some more annoying news about Bing and keywords. A Google update It wasn’t Panda, it wasn’t Penguin, though both are still “to come”, but »

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Magento performance hosting

12 June 2009 by Joachim Houtman » - 39 Comments

The system requirements of Magento are quite extensive, it requires at least PHP 5.2.0 extended with mcrypt, PDO_MySql and simplexml. For the database Magento needs at least MySQL 4.1.20 with InnoDB storage engine. At MagentoCommerce.com you can find a complete list of requirements. But how do you know if your server meets these system requirements? »

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Optimizing WordPress database performance

30 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 71 Comments

I’ve been working with a plugin that was mentioned on the wp-hackers list last week, called debug queries, to optimize the performance on some of my sites, including this one. The plugin was pretty easy to use, and I’ve improved a bit on it. I’ve sent the patch to Frank, who authored the original plugin, »

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Speed up WordPress, and clean it up too!

21 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 110 Comments

Every once in a while people will ask me to fix their blog, because it’s either slow, or broken. When it’s not something to do with their WordPress hosting, (some hosts are just plain bad and slow), most of the time this is caused by either broken plugins, or broken themes. There are a few »

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