In the beginning

Having worked with WordPress now almost full-time since 2009, I’ve learnt a thing or two about it.

Back then, it was harshly criticised for being incapable for business websites. Slow, clunky, insecure, and oh yes, ONLY for blogs.

Only for blogs?

It’s harshest critics were agencies and purist developers who couldn’t or wouldn’t, lower themselves to using WordPress to build a website. The fact that a ‘blog’ even in its simplest form, often had more functionality than your average business website, was lost on them. So they would set about building a website from scratch using HTML largely using an expensive program called Dreamweaver.

WordPress WAS built initially for blogs, but for the life of me, I still can’t work out why that’s a criticism.

Anyway, I don’t need to fight that argument any more. Fast forward to 2021 and it is hard to find an agency not using WordPress or a purist that uses anything else. It is the market leading content management system.

However untrue those early criticisms were, they didn’t come out of nowhere. Insecurities came from missed updates, clunkiness came from bad practice, and slowness would have been down to many things, not least, giving non-technical user access to a system-level tools.

Herein lies its weakness. It’s sometimes too easy to use. Anyone can pick up a copy, sling on a theme, and type in some content and you’re good to go.

But there is a problem…

The single website that inspired me on this quest was a WordPress site that took 20 seconds to load. It had a 12mb picture on the home page.

In context, this site loads in a fifth of a second, although it has to be said, it’s not as pretty, but that’s assuming you waited around to see the candy on Site X.

So that site inspired me to look at site speed optimisation more closely in general, and in turn led me on this quest to build the fastest WordPress website in the world

Here we go.

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