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In this article, I highlight the best plugins to use to improve your WordPress website's page speed. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading my previous blog post on optimising the images on your website before going through this blog post. If you have large, unoptimised images then it is likely that this is what is slowing down your website the most. If you’ve optimised all of your images correctly, you might find there are still issues found in the testers, such as needing to minify your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files. A lot of these issues can, however, be fixed by installing...

Data is everywhere. Your data. My data. Your customers’ data. GDPR is here to standardise how data is stored and processed. And securing that data is your responsibility. If your site is compromised, what GDPR refers to as a "breach" then you can be fined. And with studies showing that around 70% of WordPress sites have vulnerabilities, it's time to get serious about the data you hold and your website security. In this article, we look at the ten key factors in WordPress security. Any questions drop a comment below or get in touch for a Free WordPress Security Audit.   A GDPR...

More often than not, images are going to be the main reason why your website is producing poor results when it comes to speed. I’ve tested many sites and images are often the priority in speed testers. Most of the time, images can be optimised to save a few kilobytes of data. However, occasionally I’ve found a single image to be over 1MB, and as the recommended size of the page itself is around 3MB, this can have a huge effect on the speed of your website as the user will have to wait much longer for an image which doesn’t...

In a nutshell - fast, reliable web hosting is very critically important for SEO. Slow hosting can hold you back and negatively impact your SEO in more ways than one. Fast, reliable hosting can help you get an advantage over the competition - at a far better cost and return than by simply bumping up your SEO budget in other areas.   Hosting Is Your Website's Home On The Web A whole lot of money is spent on website design and development. And even more is spent on SEO, PPC, and digital marketing to drive customers to your website. Yet, in our experience, hosting is...

If you are looking at moving into or improving your eCommerce capability you will likely have come across the Shopify platform. In this post, I am going to give you an overview of what Shopify is and the feature set so you can make a decision if Shopify is the right eCommerce platform for your business. If you have any questions, drop me a line or leave a comment below the article - at Bowler Hat, we are always happy to help!   So, What is Shopify? Shopify is a cloud-based eCommerce platform that simplifies setting up and operating an online store. Standard features...

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