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Setting up an Amazon CloudFront CDN

Since my post about setting up a basic WordPress site I’ve added a few more plugins to this site for things like Google Analytics, minimising image sizes and defer loading JavaScript files.

I load Google Analytics through Google Tag Manager and this isn’t the most high performing script so that’s a challenge I’ve got for later.

The other plugins, however, are performance related and will help keep this site quick as it grows.

The other big step I’ve taken is to set up a CDN (Content Delivery Network) using Amazon Cloudfront. Read on to see how I did it.

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Servers and hosting

Over the last 15 years I’ve had experience of lots of hosting services. Some better than others. As my experience has increased, my requirements for hosting has changed from being cheap and easy to use, to being more performant, better services but still within a sensible budget.

So what is this site hosted on right now? Read on to find out.

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Why WordPress?

Ok, so this is a web site all about making web sites faster and you’ve no doubt noticed that I’m choosing WordPress. No, I’m not mad, I’ve done it for a two main reasons.

According to the WordPress wiki page, WordPress is now used by just over 23% of the top 10 million web sites and it’s a popular choice for many people who want to start their own site.

But, the purpose of this site is not solely to make the fastest WordPress web site that I can, there are some techniques that I’m unlikely to be able to do given my hosting platform and budget. The purpose of this web site is to share the information on best practices and what is possible. I will, of course, apply as much as possible to this site and show the benefits the techniques can give.

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Go Fast Now

Hello and welcome to this little web site.

This is a playground, an experiment, a trial and a bit of fun. Nothing serious, but maybe helpful to a few people.

It’s a place where I can learn more about making web sites faster from the point of view of many people who run their own web sites. Not massively techy about everything about the web, but knows enough to be dangerous.

I haven’t got deep pockets to buy the best hosting solution possible, like many people, so this is just a little corner of the web that I hope will not slow you down no matter how you view this site.

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