I’m now global

Hi all,

I’m excited to announce that Jacy The Hosting Guy now offers the option of hosting your site worldwide!

Below are the location of data centres now where you can choose to host your sites at when you choose to host your site with Jacy The Hosting Guy.

Chicago, US

London, UK

Singapore, SG

Speed Matters – 10 expert tips for Ultra Fast WordPress Site

Why does speed matter?

In our age where the attention span of the visitor is much shorter than it used to be a few years ago, As a webmaster, you have only a few precious seconds to grab and retain your visitor’s attention and you shouldn’t waste those seconds on loading. It doesn’t matter what you sell or how awesome you are. If your website is slow, you will be losing traffic, visitors and money. Generally, if your website takes more than a second to load – it’s slow and needs optimizing.

At Jacy The Hosting Guy, I have spent a lot of time making sure that my hosting optimizes speed and applies performance enhancing technologies specifically for all my customers. Although having a web host that uses the latest hardware and speed enhancing technologies is essential to your site performance, it is not the only thing.

Below are 10 expert tips for an ultra fast WordPress Site that I would like to share with you that you can use and apply to improve the speed of your WordPress website.

1.Replace Slider images with a static image

Sliders are by default not optimised for mobile and it also requires browsers to first load all the images first before the site is loaded. If your site design allows it, replace the slider with a static image. If it is a must to have a slider, check out this list at wpmudev.org for a list of top 10 sliders that are optimised.

2.Using correct image size

Images are an essential part of a website but using a larger size image and set to be smaller using coding adds more time to loading then loading the image size require. So if you only need a image of 300×200 pixels, don’t upload a 1024×768 pixels image.

3.Reduce the use of external fonts

Instead of loading every variations of fonts from Google Free Fonts or another similar service, load only the fonts you are using and if possible use the same font throughout each page or better your entire site.

4.Enable Gzip Compression

By enabling Gzip, you allow the content of your site to be compressed and sent faster to your visitor compared to when it is sent uncompressed.
You can enabled Gzip by following the very clear guide at varvy.com.

5.Minify and combine JS and CSS files

You will usually hear people suggesting to minify your JS and CSS files, why not go one step further and also combine them? Check out WP Fastest Cache. It does minify, combine and even help enable Gzip just by installing and activating the plugin.

6.Enable caching on your site

When caching is done properly your site will be as fast as a static site as your server does not have to recreate the site each time a visitor comes visiting. Try WP Fastest Cache (recommended as lesser plugins helps to speed up your site) or if you prefer more options check out this excellent 2017 comparison guide for caching plugin at Design Bombs.

7.Don’t overlap plugin’s functionality

Don’t install or use two plugins that cover the same functionality. Like for myself, I use Yoast SEO plugin to generate my site’s google XML site map, I do not need to find another specialised plugin to generate the site map.

8.Optimise for mobile devices

More and more people are getting online using their mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets etc. So when choosing a theme for your site. make sure it comes with a mobile version, if not, you should keep looking.

9.Take advantage of Server caching

This is different from site caching, it requires your web host to have either Memcached or Redis activated. This helps websites that has large databases, this helps with object caching which helps to load your site faster. At Jacy the hosting Guy I provide Memcached as part of the hosting services services, that can be active ted with a single click.

10.Take advantage of CDN

It’s a good idea to use a CDN service such as Cloudflare and Akamai to speed up the loading of your site. CDN providers essentially clone your website amongst their servers which allows a server closest to a visitor to serve your site instead of from your hosting server. At Jacy the hosting Guy, I offer free CloudFlare integration for all my customers, but you can enable any other CDN service of your choice.

Hope this helps!
Cheers
Jacy The Hosting Guy

SMEPortal web hosting needs improvement

Something is wrong SMEPortal web hosting.

Firstly, the price and the services given:

Maybe i’m undercharging people but my plus plan that matches this is at $20 and they don’t even provide SSL which by default now is a must for sites that need either users to log in or make payments.

 

Secondly what’s worst is that they only guarantee 99.5% uptime for your hosting compared to mine of 99.99%.

The difference is that your site has a chance of not being reachable by your clients 2,628 minutes a year compared to 52 minutes.

Which I’m proud to announce that so far my hosting has been up 100% of the time. Below is a snapshot of some of my clients uptime

 

Hopefully, you seen this page before signing up with them. Check out my plans here and get a better place for your business site, so that you can focus on your business and not have to worry about the website all the time.

Don’t be a hostage, free your images and videos today

So we’ve all heard of Photobucket and the outburst of resentment of their surprise move, and after posting about it on Facebook, I got a few requests for a guide of how to make use of your own hosting or find a hosting that has CDN to avoid having sleepless nights.

Here’s a 5min guide on storing the images on your site and using it for selling items on sites such as ebay.

1) Find a hosting with CDN as part of their plans to help ensure better content delivery.

2) Upload the images or videos to your site. I’m using WordPress as an example here, but it works the same for most sites.

 

 

 

 

3) After this, go into the media library, select your image

 

 

 

and you will see the URL on the right. Use that URL to embed it on sites such as ebay to sell your product.

 

 

 

 

For example ebay, click on add photos and select html from the bottom right selection and paste your url into the box on the left to embed it in your listing!

That’s all to it. Happy selling!

How to share Files on Your WordPress Site

Most of my clients asked me how they can share files on their WordPress blog and make it available for others to download as well. Besides setting up a member site, there’s an easier way.

In this article, I will show you how you can embed and allow users to view the PDFs, Microsoft Word Documents and other types of files in your WordPress blog by using a plugin called Google Doc Embedder. Go ahead and install it first and follow the steps below.

*It does not require you to have a Google Docs account. It simply uses the Google Docs viewer to display all of those files on your blog

 

Once you have this plugin installed, a new settings panel will be added under Settings » GDE Settings. At the same time, a google doc embedder will appear on your writing toolbar.

You can customize the size of the document displayed on your page and choose whom you want to show the download links.

The other settings can be left as default, but if you are attempting to upload a large file, you might have to change the maximum file size under Advanced.

Once you have done that. Lets come back to the media uploader, and upload a new file (your PDF file or Excel file that you want to display). Remember to copy the url link.

 

 

 

 

Then go to the post or page and click on the Google Doc Embedder and copy the Media File url like its shown in the image below:

At this point you have the option of overriding options that you set in the general settings such as width= or height= etc.

Once done just click on insert to embed the shortcode on your page or post and you are done. You now have a PDF attached in your WordPress post with a download link if you have that option selected.

The document below is an example of the plugin working. I hope both this article and the document below will greatly help you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Theme: Lodestar

This Theme Thursday, I’m happy to share Lodestar, our new free theme!

Lodestar

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Designed by Mel Choyce, Lodestar is perfect for your small business or organization’s website.

The theme allows you to create a one-page website, showcasing all your company’s information in one spot, interspersed with full-sized featured images.

Or you can use Lodestar to make a beautiful, multi-page website. The theme’s portfolio support allows you to display your past work to prospective clients. You can also post testimonials, sharing how happy past clients are with your creations.

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Learn more about Lodestar by checking out the theme’s showcase.

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Import Your Medium Posts to WordPress.com

With the recent news about Medium’s change in business model we’ve been receiving a number of requests from users on how to import their content to a WordPress.com site. We’re excited today to share our new import tool for moving from Medium to WordPress.com.

Medium Import Instructions

First, visit the Medium settings page, scroll down to Export Content, and select Download .zip to start the export process from Medium. You should receive an email from Medium with an export of your posts in an archive .zip file.

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Next, head over to the import tool on WordPress.com and click Start Import in the Medium row:

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This is where you will upload the .zip file you downloaded from Medium. Simply drag the file into the import window, or manually navigate to it. Click Continue once the file has been uploaded. The import will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

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You will receive a notification from us when the import completes. All of your Medium content will now appear as posts on your site under the original date of the post, along with their original tags. Also, published posts will be automatically marked as published on the site but drafts will remain unpublished. You can also run the import tool multiple times to retrieve newer posts without duplicating your old ones.

Happy blogging!

 

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