Every client we’ve worked for so far, wants their website to load super fast. No surprise and it’s no secret that Google penalizes your Google search result listing based on your website performance. If your website is loading over 3 to 4 seconds or more, you’ll be back in the line on Google’s list. There’s many aspects that you can look at to improve the speed and page rating of your website, there is also many tools available online for free that you can use to find where your website fails and where it succeeds. Today however, we are going to discuss the base of everything. The environment of where your website is on, we’re referring to the server and stack. Server is like a PC, that runs bunch of programs to display your website and it is also a place where your website files are located / available. Stack on the other hand is the programs used for load your website, load the needed scripts and render images as well as code.
Recently, a few companies have jumped on the wagon to offer Managed WordPress Hosting. A service where you can host your WordPress website and completely (or so they say) forget about doing anything technical related. Even updates for plugins and WordPress code are taken care of automatically for you. The only thing you are in charge are content. Now each company offering Managed WordPress Hosting has their bragging rights for how fast their client websites load, how good their configurations are, and so on.
I’m here to show, as well provide proof that one tested setup our technical staff did which offers superb WordPress performance, which takes a lot into consideration in terms how to configure the stack properly, is using a stack that has Nginx with Varnish, HHVM and then hosting WordPress on the platform. While our managed hosting platform from the beginning was always Nginx + Varnish, we took it to the max and spent about a year tweaking configurations using live beta website scenarios to achieve optimum performance. This includes small websites and large websites. Since we’re in the business of WordPress, hosting and VM reselling, we will be talking about our platform on one single VM.
Comparing our Kenton Web Design website to the overall average at CloudyPress of 1.5 seconds each website gets, we’ve embarked on something really awesome.