One Best Security Plugin For WordPress or Combination of Plugins?

1. Intro Let me assume you are concerned about your website safety or have already been hacked. And you would like to know what is the best security plugin for WordPress out there. You might have heard of some of them and you don't know which one to choose to make your site protected from hackers and malicious bots. I've made a research on WordPress security plugins and solutions and would … [Read more...]

Does Cloudflare increase Time To First Byte (TTFB)? Tested on 3 hosts. 6480 manual measurements

One of my readers contacted me regarding experiencing bad Time To First Byte (TTFB) on his website. After a little research I suspected that using Cloudflare and/or a caching plugin can influence TTFB. And I decided to make thousands of speed and TTFB tests with and without using Cloudflare as well as with and without using a caching plugin. I tested it on three different shared hosts. I did … [Read more...]

Hosting Performance Contest – June 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Nearly Top Uptime)

Here's the 41st Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for June 2019! I've been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I'll show you the results below. In general, this contest's results can be described as "Many hosts got perfect and nearly perfect uptime". By the way, you can find the latest roundups here and the performance tables and charts here. All monitored … [Read more...]

Best Opt-in Plugin: Why I Use ThriveLeads (Updated: May 2020)

  A blog without subscribers is like friendship without old friends. If you are looking for the best opt-in plugin for your needs and budget, or just want to see the advanced features that an opt-in plugin may have, then you will find my review very useful. Below I will show you the details that I've discovered about very powerful but still underused by bloggers opt-in and … [Read more...]

Is A2Hosting Turbo Boost Really Worth It (After 4176 Tests)?

I get asked quite frequently what I think about A2Hosting Turbo plan. It's advertised as being up to 20 times faster. I'm always very skeptic about such boasting. And I shared my skepticism whenever I was asked about A2 and before this research I could not really answer the question if A2Hosting Turbo Boost (formerly Turbo) really worth it. And finally I decided to check the performance of … [Read more...]

Is your host well-protected from DDOS attacks? And your website?

I'll cut it to the chase from the very beginning: no host can be protected from DDoS attacks very well. But some hosts are DDoS-protected better than others. In this article I'll explain you why. And I'll tell you what you can do to protect your online property from DDoS attacks without paying more than you need. If your website or application is currently under a DDoS attack or you want to … [Read more...]

Why managed WordPress hosts? WP Engine, Kinsta and LiquidWeb are examined.

In this article I will not just explain the difference between “ordinary” (shared) WordPress hosting and managed WordPress hosting, but also scrutinize the exact examples – WP Engine, Kinsta and LiquidWeb. These examples will give you a good practical understanding of some nuances which you can’t grasp without trying the service or analyzing real users’ reviews. Also you will see the advantages … [Read more...]

How to Make a Blog Post Downloadable (e.g. PDF) With Easy Editing Option And No Duplicate Content For Free

  Intro One of my subscribers, Bruce, suggested making access to my articles in a downloadable format (e.g. PDF). And I thought it was finally time to do it this way or the other. I had considered making downloadable PDFs before. But the tools (plugins) which automatically turn the blog posts and the pages into PDF files did not work very well for me. Mostly because I did not want … [Read more...]

Hosting Performance Contest – May 2019 Roundup (15 Hosts Tested: Healthier)

Here's the 40th Monthly Hosting Performance Contest Roundup for May 2019! I've been testing 15 hosts in a non-stop manner the whole month and I'll show you the results below. In general, this contest's results can be described as "More hosts succeeded with benchmark level set for great hosting". By the way, you can find the latest roundups here and the performance tables and charts … [Read more...]

The Uncomfortable Truth About Testing Website Speed And Hosting Speed

  Intro I’ve seen many times how bloggers test website speed or hosting speed. And it makes me sad. It’s sad because the way they test it does not make sense. And it gives no value to the readers. There are two problems: The first problem is that most people run the speed tests just once or maybe a couple of times. The results of such “testing” are misleading and do more harm than … [Read more...]