PageSpeed Insights Score: Why Faster Hosting is More Important (themeisle.com) You want your WordPress site to load lightning-fast. And if you’re like most of us, when you think of improving your site’s page load times to get that “lightning-fast” designation, you think of your Google PageSpeed Insights score.
For many website owners, it’s their white whale. Getting a perfect score on PageSpeed Insights is the impossible quest that will magically solve all of their page speed woes.
But is a high PageSpeed Insights score the be-all and end-all of fast page load times?
Jetpack 4.5 Expands Monetization with WordAds Integration (wptavern.com) Jetpack is starting 2017 with a major release that is heavy on enhancements and improvements. Version 4.5 includes more than a dozen new shortcodes and widgets, along with revamped support for VideoPress. One of the most intriguing new features announced in this release, however, is the integration with WordAds, WordPress.com’s advertising program.
10 of the Best Shopping Cart Plugins for Your WordPress Website (www.elegantthemes.com) Choosing a shopping cart plugin for your WordPress website is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make. After all, a faulty or poorly designed plugin that delivers a subpar user experience will chase users away. The effect on your bottom line doesn’t bear thinking about.
Fortunately, contemporary cart plugins are more than simply a passive way for customers to hold products while making their final purchasing decisions – modern solutions boast sophisticated, polished features.
New! Get an Affordable WooCommerce Website (barn2.co.uk) With WooCommerce now powering over 34% of all e-commerce sites, people offering WooCommerce services need to cater to all budgets. UK agency Barn2 Media have extended their affordable website service - MySimpleSite - to offer low-cost WooCommerce websites. With a free setup option available, it's available as a white label service to WordPress developers who want to stop turning down their low-budget WooCommerce enquiries.
Performance Best Practices in the HTTP/2 Era (deliciousbrains.com) Sites such as Pingdom and GTmetrix are the de facto when it comes to measuring a site’s performance and for the most part they’re excellent tools. However, some of their recommendations aren’t relevant in the era of HTTP/2.
Let’s take a look at what’s new in HTTP/2 and what that means for performance best practices going into 2017.
4 Simple Ways to Setup Stripe for WordPress (kinsta.com) When it comes to choosing a payment gateway to use on your WordPress site, there are two popular ones that usually come to mind, PayPal and Stripe. Years ago PayPal used to be one of the only easy solutions for ecommerce sites, but that is no longer the case. Stripe provides lower transaction fees and is very popular in the developer community for its flexible API. Today we are going to dive into 4 simple ways to setup Stripe for WordPress, no coding needed.