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8 Tips on How to Reduce DNS Lookups and Speed Them Up

There are a lot of different optimizations you can make when it comes to WordPress, and some are more important than others. A factor that is often overlooked is the lookup times associated with DNS, and just how much of an impact it has on your site. Just like with TTFB and network latency, it’s an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to calculating your total page load times. So today we’ll dive into a few recommendations on how to reduce DNS lookups and speed them up, why you should, and how it plays a part in the performance of your WordPress site.
What is DNS Lookup? To show you what a DNS lookup is, you need to first understand how DNS works. DNS (domain name system) is essentially the backbone of the internet. A common reference to explaining how DNS works is to think of it like a phone book for the world wide web. Every website and domain you visit are all mapped to an IP address.
When you type into your address bar, a DNS query is performed by your ISP to r..

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11 Best WordPress PDF Viewer Plugins

Imagine you’re a teacher with a simple WordPress site. You’re getting excited about the new school year yet you’d like to give your students some digital-friendly documents for them to prepare for classes and understand the material. Your first order of business is to share the class rubric with all of the assignments and tests throughout the semester. You have the PDF file, but you’re unable to make it all that printer-friendly as a blog post or page.
Why doesn’t WordPress have a PDF viewer where visitors can view a full PDF and download it if they want? WordPress has plenty of features, but a PDF viewer isn’t one of them. Luckily, the wonderful world of WordPress PDF viewer plugins come to the rescue.
What’s a WordPress PDF Viewer Plugin and When Would You Use It? Take our example of the teacher and the rubric above. In this situation, there’s no substitute for a viewable and printable PDF on the class website. Chances are, half of the students will throw out printed handouts and t..

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A Deep Dive Into WordPress User Roles and Capabilities

Anytime a site viewer signs-up for an account, or you manually add a new user in Admin Users Screen, WordPress registers essential user data in wp_users and wp_usermeta tables. The new user gets the username of his choice, a password, an email address, a role which determines what she can view in the admin panel. But what exactly are WordPress user roles?
WordPress User Roles and Capabilities The WordPress user management system is based on two key concepts: Roles and Capabilities.
A Role identifies a group of users who are allowed to execute the same tasks onto the website. A Capability is the ability (or permission) to perform each single task assigned to a role. Out of the box, WordPress comes with six roles:
Super Administrator is a user who has full access to multisite features: she can create and manage sub-sites, create and manage network users, install and remove themes and plugins and enable them on the network. Administrator is a user who has full access to the administrat..

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Kinsta Kingpin: Interview with Charlie Livingston

You can find Charlie on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series.
Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? My background is in law, which I studied at university, and publishing, which I pursued as a career for a couple of years before deciding I wanted to do something else. That something else turned out to be wanting to do something entrepreneurial, though at the time I wasn’t sure exactly what. I had this idea that I could make money online and so I created a site with WordPress that was about the strategies I was using to try and win prizes on a penny auction site. The site became relatively popular but never really made any money (not until years later, and even then not much).
But what it did do is introduce me to WordPress. That with my non-technical background I was even able to make and edit a site at all kind of blew me away. I was using the Twenty Eleven theme and enjoyed hacking a..

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Network Latency – Comparing the Impact on Your WordPress Site

A lot of articles around the web tend to primarily focus on front-end WordPress optimizations and quick ways to speed up your site. Server optimizations such as network latency are sometimes neglected or overlooked. Because of this, we thought it would be interesting to take a deeper look at the importance of network latency and the impact it has on your WordPress site when loading different regions. While a CDN can definitely help decrease network latency, your host server location is still very important, especially if you are serving visitors in a very specific geographical location. Latency matters and we’ll show you a couple reasons why.
What is Network Latency? Network latency refers to the time and or delay that is involved in the transmission of data over a network. In other words, how long it takes for a packet of data to go from one point to another. Nowadays this is typically measured in milliseconds, however, it could be seconds depending upon the network. The closer to ze..

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5 Years of Selling on ThemeForest – Pros and Cons

With WordPress being used by over 28% of all websites, the space can be very competitive! A big dilemma for a lot of new WordPress theme developers is whether or not they should go out on their own or distribute their work on an already established marketplace. Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Henry Rise, the CEO of ThemeREX, a Power Elite Author on ThemeForest. He’s going to share with us his first-hand experience of having sold themes on ThemeForest for five years, and some of the pros and cons to the platform. If you are still contemplating which route to go down, hopefully this can help you make a more informed decision.
ThemeForest + WordPress For those of you who might not know, ThemeForest is owned by Envato, and is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell HTML templates and themes for popular CMS products like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. According to Alexa they are listed in the top 1,000 websites in the world and receive millions of visitors each month. T..

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WordPress CDN – Why You Should Be Using One

As a performance hosting company we really like to research and share ways to make your WordPress site faster. One of the no brainers when it comes to speed nowadays is to utilize a content delivery network (CDN). They take the load off of your web server while speeding up the delivery of content to your visitors thus making their experience better! Today we want to explain to you in layman’s terms how a WordPress CDN works, why you should be using one, and some of the extra benefits that accompany them. We’ll also share some speed tests so you can better judge just how much of a performance boost you could expect to see on your own site.
What is a WordPress CDN? A CDN is simply short for content delivery network. These are a network of servers located around the globe which are designed to host your WordPress site’s static (and sometimes dynamic) content such as images, CSS, JavaScript, and video streams. Now when we say host, don’t get this confused though with your WordPress host. ..

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How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin (the Proper Way)

With over 50,000 WordPress plugins on the repository alone, it’s more than likely you’ll test out and compare a few different ones to accomplish tasks or solve problems on your site. When you’re done with one, you simply uninstall it by deactivating and deleting it right? Wrong, the issue with doing it this way is that it can leave behind tables and rows in your database, and over time this can add up quite quickly, which in turn can affect your site’s performance and even cost you money on disk space. Today we are going to show you a few tips on how to uninstall a WordPress plugin the proper way to ensure your database stays small and snappy.
How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin in the Dashboard Before we dive into how to properly uninstall a WordPress plugin, lets first discuss the typical ways users delete plugins in WordPress. The first is simply from the dashboard. Follow the steps below to uninstall a WordPress the normal way (without removing data).
Step 1 Navigate to “Installe..

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Kinsta Kingpin: Interview with Ryan Sullivan

You can find Ryan on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series.
Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress? Before WordPress, I worked as a System Administrator for a health care network. It was a Microsoft world *shudder* in a big corporation and while I didn’t hate what I did for work, I didn’t particularly love it either and started playing with some open source software in my spare time.
A friend asked me to build him a website and I stumbled onto WordPress. I knew enough PHP to be dangerous and was really familiar with server stacks, so I put something together that he was really happy with.
That little project turned into many, and then I started to notice a pattern. The same people who I built websites for kept coming back and asking for help over and over again, and their requests were all pretty similar.
I figured there may be a business opportunity if I could establish a baseline set ..

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How to Stop a DDoS Attack in Its Tracks (Case Study)

In our last case study, we showed you how we cleaned up a negative SEO attack on Kinsta. Today we are going to show you some steps and troubleshooting we took to stop a DDoS attack on a small WordPress e-commerce site. DDoS attacks can come out of nowhere and smaller sites are usually even more vulnerable, as they aren’t prepared to deal with it when it happens. Let us ask you this question. If your site was attacked tomorrow, what would you do? If you don’t have any ideas, then perhaps you should bookmark and read this article.
What is a DDoS Attack? DDoS is short for distributed denial of service. The primary purpose of a DDoS attack is to simply overwhelm your web server and either cripple it or take it down. One of the frustrating things with these types of attack is generally the attacker doesn’t gain anything and typically nothing is hacked. The big problem with DDoS attacks is with the overwhelming load associated with it. Most likely you will also see your bandwidth spike to a..

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