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.
The other reason I chose WordPress is that I didn’t want to spend a lot of time building the site, I want to focus more on the content and as I don’t like reinventing the wheel and creating my own CMS, I went with one I knew and one that had the features I wanted.
WordPress can scale. It can be made to be fast. So even if I live to regret it, let’s see what can be done.
I know there are alternatives to WordPress; Ghost, Expression Engine, Statamic, Jekyll and many many many others, new ones appear almost every day. I work with a great team of web developers who have all suggested different CMS solutions over the projects that we’ve worked on. Some are super streamlined and have fast front ends, but the compromise has always been, for me, the admin area and the ease of creating content. I’m lazy, as most web developers should be, so I didn’t want to make life hard for myself which would reduce my motivation and enjoyment for running this site.