How to get your WordPress site to run blazing fast in one step

WordPress has many wonderful features, but out-of-the-box speed isn’t among them. Compared to a “normal” static HTML site, self-hosting WordPress on a typical inexpensive hosting site such as Bluehost, Namecheap, A2 Hosting, etc., sometimes can leave you wondering if your pages are ever going to load. Continue reading “How to get your WordPress site to run blazing fast in one step”

Using child themes with starter themes

I’ve written before about two of the great starter themes — _s (underscores.me) and _tk (themekraft.com). Each wants you to modify the theme to your heart’s content, even to the point of advising you not to use it as the parent for a child theme. _s makes this particularly easy. Continue reading “Using child themes with starter themes”

Comparing jQuery CDNs

The conventional wisdom involving using jQuery with your public-facing posts and pages in WordPress, is to substitute a version of jQuery from a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for the built-in version that comes with WordPress. Before going any further, I need to point out that not every theme makes use of jQuery, so if your theme doesn’t use jQuery for the public-facing pages, you are free to move along. Continue reading “Comparing jQuery CDNs”