Why WordPress

Improving your WordPress website will get results.

Does your site just need a little TLC?

If your WordPress site isn’t performing as well as you think it should be, you may not need to bin the whole thing.

We can run diagnostic tests on your site to discover exactly what’s wrong with it.

Just like a car, WordPress needs an annual service and tune-up, to keep it running as it should.

It might just need some improvements like these:

Hosting

If your current site is slow, we can take a look at the hosting environment to see if that’s the initial cause of the problem.

If you currently host on a cheap shared server, this could be the simple cause of a lot of WordPress speed issues (especially if your admin pages are slow).

We can run a waterfall test to see exactly what is causing the holdups and how they can be fixed.

Reduction in plugins

Have you developers got a little trigger-happy installing plugins?

WordPress sites with lots of heavy plugins usage can cause conflicts and issues, so we’ll run an audit of your plugins to see what’s what.

Javascript and CSS

With plugins comes Javascript and CSS, and often quite a lot of it.

Your site might be loading in resources from all over the place to accomplish simple tasks.

All this stuff slows the site and can also cause front and back-end issues.

We’ll make sure it’s minified and loads correctly.

Images

Are all your images optimised correctly, or do you have a media library that’s fit to burst?

Some themes and build will literally serve up full-size images to visitors, or badly sized versions – this can make the front end of your site incredibly slow, and might also be affecting your server.

We’ll take a look at these.

Themes

Occasionally, we work on sites where the theme has been hacked about so much that it’s time to move on (this often happens when the WordPress agency that built the site didn’t really know what they were doing).

This doesn’t always mean huge expense, but it’s often better to migrate the site to a new theme than continuing to work on a bad one.

We work on a lot of sites that were originally built on a freebie theme, but this theme is no longer fit for purpose.

You’ll save money in the long run by migrating to something that works for you now and is scalable in the future.

With WordPress, it’s usually just a case of some tweaking

As WordPress does such an amazing job of separating the content from the markup, improving WordPress is often a case of simply diagnosing what’s wrong and making some small changes.

With all things WordPress, there are often lots of ways to achieve the same thing, for example, if you wanted to have a list of posts in a sidebar, you could:

  1. Install a recent posts plugin OR;
  2. simply code a sidebar with a standard WordPress loop to do this

The plugin is going to come with CSS and JS files, it might not play nicely with other plugins, it may have been abandoned by its developer.

The code option uses base WordPress functions to do the exact same thing – probably about 10 lines of code in a template file.

This is just one simple example of how, with a little creative thinking and expertise, we can make simple, but very effective improvements to your WordPress site.

Do you suspect there’s something not-quite-right with your site?

If your site is playing up, not working properly or you just have the feeling it could be better, give us a call on 01295 266644 – we can run a basic site audit and let you know exactly what needs sorting.

Our basic site audits are free and there’s no obligation to do anything else.

Get a free site audit
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