In today’s column I will discuss a frequently ignored aspect of WordPress behavior: the handling of http 404 ‘not found’ errors. I will explain the implications of this problem and I will show you what I do to fix the issue.The issue with handling 404 ‘not found’ errors is that there are two very different situations where such errors can occur. These need to be handled differently — and they aren’t… See more
If you’re looking for information about social media, content marketing, or SEO, there is a wealth of marketing blogs you can pick
Unfortunately, there are so many that it can feel like the world and its wife are looking to sell or teach you something. Working your way through such noise can be quite a challenge.
Would you like some guidance, inspiration, and motivation... See more
The thing that motivates me in writing these columns for WPX.net is my desire to help you achieve mastery over WordPress. And mastery implies having knowledge and exerting control.
There is one file within each WordPress installation that allows an inordinate amount of control over the behavior of the entire instance — core, themes and even some plugins: the wp-config.php file. You can use it to… See more
For any business, productivity has to be a top priority.
To help you give it the attention it deserves there is currently a boom in productivity software and philosophies you can tap into. If you want to make sure you’ve got what you need on your side, the following productivity hacks will make a massive difference, whatever industry you work in.
Put one, two, or more into practice and you won’t end your working day feeling you could have done more... See more
This blog post will be somewhat different from what I usually write for my column at WPX. For starters, it will be shorter than the average — which is, as the WPX team have delicately tried to suggest on more than a few occasions already — might not be that bad by itself.
But more importantly, this column is not structured as a solution for a specific problem… See more
I recently came across a new ambitious WP dashboard plugin by prolific developer Wibowo Sulistio which offers probably the most comprehensive set of data about your WordPress website and hosting environment one can get on a single screen. This plugin is called System Dashboard and you can download it from the WordPress.org Plugin Repository, or you can search for it from within the Add Plugins page of your WordPress dashboard... See more
If you spend enough time in the business of creating and maintaining WordPress websites, there will inevitably come a time when a customer will reach out to you with a specific request: help them restore admin access to their WordPress website.
They will explain how they used to have somebody who worked on their website, but that person is now gone for whatever reason, and the customer can’t access their own website to make some important and urgent changes. Could you possibly help them out?… See more
Marketing podcasts are some of the best ways that business leaders can learn about growing their business. Numerous podcasts are available to download and listen to.
Research has shown there are two million podcasts available online with 48 million episodes.
One of the biggest advantages of marketing podcasts is that they often have a wide range of inspirations. Most will have weekly or regular guests that share their experiences/expertise. These can be powerful insights into what has worked for other business leaders.... See more
I have often found that reading is one of the best ways to learn something new. There are always new business books being released. Within them can be great learning points.
You can learn how to manage staff, cut costs or even market your business. Alternatively, they can be motivating. And these books are suited for many business models, including online businesses.
Reading can also form part of your continued professional development. A way that you or your team can improve technical skills…. See more
Out of the box, every WordPress installation relies upon the email delivering facilities of the server on which it is hosted. And while good web hosting companies (WPX included!) have done a lot to configure properly their mailers, many spam filters will see that emails from one domain name arrive via an IP address that resolves to another domain name, and this will be enough to flag those messages as spam.
The simplest and easiest way to fix this is to send emails with valid credentials — as if your WordPress site has received its own mailbox under your domain name.... See more
Being on the first page of Google is vital for website traffic.
Three out of every four searchers will never look past the first page on a search engine. Therefore, ranking on the first page through excellent SEO practices is just as important today as it has ever been.
The problem is that Google does a small algorithm change at least once a day. Keeping up with these changes is challenging even for the best SEO experts....See more
In this post I will show you how to disable WP Cron and why you should do that.Since its inception, WordPress is being developed to be simple to install and configure, and to allow running on a large range of platforms where end-user have different levels of control.
This certainly contributes to the popularity of WordPress, but over the years some of the architectural decision have proven to be less than optimal.....See more
In this series of blog posts which WPX.net generously invited me to write, I plan to share with you things I have learned during my 20+ years of experience of building websites that you can apply to any project and save yourself some time.
Every beginning is difficult, so I will start at the moment a new WordPress website is created, and take it from there. That is why I chose as the first topic...See more
Although website speed has for a long time been seen as a “nice to have” for affiliate sites, Google’s increased emphasis on the importance of user experience means that affiliate sites need to focus on improving their website’s speed more than ever.
Here we will go through the specific reasons why affiliate marketers should focus on improving their website’s speed and look at the potential gains that affiliate sites can make from doing so....See more
‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ is where companies contribute money or other resources to causes they believe are worthwhile. When it comes to animal welfare, especially for unwanted, homeless, shelter, at-risk and disabled dogs and some cats, WPX has taken this a step further.
Maybe 2 or 3 steps...See more
Normally it’s pretty boring for a reader like you when a company blathers on about how wonderful they are, how “it’s the company birthday but you get all the presents” etc right?
That’s all true BUT I will do my best today to explain WHY these 8 landmark features of WPX – to coincidentally align with our 8th birthday – are great for your online business, when hosted with WPX...See more
During October 2021, WPX wanted to celebrate our affiliate marketing customers (we have loads of ’em) with a big contest event. 1st prize was $5,000 cash while 2nd and 3rd would get access to the $997 training program of affiliate marketing legend, Matt Diggity. Matt was also the sole judge for this event. In terms of criteria, Matt looked for unique and/or effective affiliate marketing hacks and he also cited 3 Honorable Mentions, which appear below…See more
During August and September 2021, we made a bunch of short videos to tell the WPX story in a visual way (for Facebook and Instagram basically).
As you will see below, the best actor in the videos is Cookie, the Australian sheep dog, who was amazing and amazingly patient on the day of the recording. Cookie is featured here because of WPX’s longstanding commitment to helping unwanted dogs here…See more
WPX currently hosts many part-time or full-time affiliate marketers and we wanted to celebrate that fact with a big contest for October 2021.
HOW TO WIN?
Share your BEST affiliate marketing ‘quick win’, tip, hack or advice and you could win $5,000 cash (1st prize) as judged by affiliate marketing legend, Matt Diggity....See more
On August 2, 2021, all US services for WPX went offline for roughly 5 hours, including our own website, WPX.net
Websites and emails were all affected.
Even mail servers that we would use to notify customers of the problem were cut off from the Web, due to this outage.
The fault was quickly traced backed to the colocation company we use, Steadfast.net, whose entire network went down. .…See more
“My name is Kevin Ohashi. I run ReviewSignal and most recently launched wphostingbenchmarks.com. Review Signal is the largest web hosting review site on the internet. It aggregates what people say on social media, mainly Twitter, what they’re saying about different hosting brands and analyzes it automatically. It uses a purely data-driven way to compare web hosting companies...See more
As we Web entrepreneurs know, getting traffic to our websites is one of our main tasks.
So when visitors do arrive at our website, they should have the best possible experience in terms of page loading speed and general usability.
Speed is why so many Webmasters move to WPX in the first place .…See more
Every year, Kevin Ohashi from ReviewSignal.com runs a batch of tests on different WordPress hosting companies to determine which are the best performers and which are not, regardless of the size of the company, how big the brand is or any other irrelevant factors (Bluehost, GoDaddy and SiteGround competed here, for example)…See more
Back in 2020, Google announced that something called ‘Core Web Vitals’ would be a ranking factor for Google search results from May 2021 onwards. This announcement caused quite a ruckus among some Webmasters desperate to make sure that: [a] a poor Core Web Vitals score for their site wouldn’t drag it down in the Google rankings, and, [b] if a good Core Web Vitals score COULD help Google rankings, then they wanted to take advantage of that new development.…See more
In light of some recent inaccurate comparisons between WPX and Kinsta that ‘accidentally’ omitted quite a few facts, I decided to set the record a little straighter with this comparison below (especially tests that don’t show the test URLs for independent verification: sneaky!)…See more
Security vulnerabilities in (too) many plugins have proven to be a hacker’s fantasy and a lot of these aren’t even discovered for years.
Sometimes, with popular plugins, hundreds of thousands of sites can be affected, even when the plugins were built by experienced coders.
Software vulnerabilities are just a fact of life generally – even Intel had their own major issues with the Meltdown bug…See more
In early October 2020, Siteground dropped a bombshell with its customers (changing policy during their non-refundable annual or multi-year Siteground subscriptions).
By changing its Terms of Service, effectively stopping ANY Siteground support help with WordPress-related problems… See more
The respected independent founder of the “WordPress Hosting” Facebook Group (15k+ members), Andrew Killen, compared Cloudways & WPX this way:
“Cloudways is a hosting control panel that will implement a stack on a server they do not own and often takes a chunk of time to setup or get support.
Please search the group here to see the number of complaints about (Cloudways) support being slow or non-existent” See more
As of August 2020, when you visit WPX, you will notice a few changes on our site, this blog and our Knowledgebase (the KB is a work in progress but we’re getting there!).
And firstly, let’s be clear, absolutely nothing else at WPX is changing apart from our design look, logo and main Web address – more on that in a moment.
Everything, and I mean everything, else is unchanged… See more
On May 29, 2020, Chris Wagner of HostingPill.com published an expert roundup of 66 bloggers who were asked about their favorite hosting service.
A number of known entrepreneurs, small business owners & bloggers were asked these 4 questions:
1. What web hosting service are you using? And since how long?
2. What do you consider when buying a hosting service?
3. What do you like about your hosting service?
4. Do you use any specific plugins/tools to secure your website? If yes, which one/s? See more
You probably became an entrepreneur/solopreneur because you wanted to change your lifestyle right? More time with your family and/or travelling and independent freedom? For me, my motivation as an entrepreneur building WPX Hosting was a different take on change… See more
Now the evidence that I will present here has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the giant nature of these online brands but rather the fact that these are: [a] brands/sites that we all know, and, [b] they have terrible results on Lighthouse/Google Page Speed Insights. Again, their domain authority is NOT being measured by Google Page Speed Insights but their performance on Mobile is – in a frankly ridiculous way, more on that in a moment… See more
Obviously the whole reason to be an affiliate marketer is for the financial reward…here you can see how the ‘fine print’ matters when it comes to affiliate programs and why you should strongly consider promoting WPX Hosting to your audience… See more
ReviewSignal.com is an independent hosting review site run by a dude called Kevin Ohashi. Each year, Kevin runs a batch of tests – raw speed, uptime and load handling – on most of the major players in WordPress Hosting. Instead of declaring one single winner, Kevin awards the very best performers a rank called “Top Tier” status. WPX entered last year (2019) and achieved… See more
Here are the 5 most likely reasons why your WP Admin is taking an Ice Age to respond to anything – and what to do about it, apart from screaming out the window (which can still be therapeutic though)!
We are all hoarding WAY too many plugins these days – how many do you have on your WordPress sites now… See more
We are increasingly living in an age where more and more webmasters are concerned/frustrated/obsessed with their ‘Performance Grades’ or scores, especially on Google’s Page Speed Insights tool… See more
As the co-founder and CEO of (probably) the world’s fastest WordPress hosting service, often WPX customers will come to us being very alarmed about a seemingly bad ‘Performance Grade’ or ‘Performance Score’ on tools like Google Page Speed Insights, Pingdom Tools and GTMetrix… See more
If a website intended to display high quality photography lives on a poor, slow or badly optimized hosting service, that means a poor visitor experience as the pages will usually load very slowly.
In short, we’re all getting more impatient now and with shorter attention spans so it’s essential that… See more
SiteGround Vs Cloudways Vs Flywheel Vs WP Engine Vs GoDaddy Vs Bluehost Vs HostGator Vs A2 Vs Kinsta Vs WPX.
Yep, I am the co-founder/ CEO of WPX Hosting, arguably the world’s fastest WordPress hosting service BUT does that mean that my upstart WP hosting company can crush the major players when it comes to Elegant Themes’ Divi? See more
According to independent tests from Matthew Woodward and Kevin Ohashi, hardly any WordPress hosting service gets anywhere near the raw SPEED, support quality and VALUE for money of this fully Managed WordPress hosting service – for Germans too.
There are important technical reasons for that high performance but you don’t need to know about them unless you want to, you can just enjoy the “spectacular performance” (Kevin Ohashi from Review Signal.com) of… See more
There is already a mountain of jargon and technobabble around Web technology so let’s simplify and get to the bottom of this ‘time to first byte’ stuff together.
Let’s say you’re sitting at home and decide to visit YouTube.
You put YouTube.com into your Chrome or Firefox browser and wait to see the site load for you… See more
Kevin Ohashi is the founder of a review site called ReviewSignal.com. Each year, Kevin conducts independent tests to determine which WordPress hosting companies offer the best performance in terms of:
– page loading speed around the world
– server quality, and,
– load handling, using 2 well known tools: Load Storm + Load Impact. Read the outrageous full story here
a.k.a. what to know if your page loading time doesn’t seem great (at first) on WPX.
So you have moved your beloved websites over from a horrible dinosaur hosting company to WPX and you expected hypersonic speeds but the folks at Pingdom Tools and GTMetrix ain’t so impressed (yet) and your score might look like this… See more
If you’re not a very technical person and you’re probably not if you’re reading this, speeding up a painfully slow WordPress site can seem difficult to say the least.
So I’m going to lay out – in NON-techy language – the simplest ways to massively accelerate your WordPress website, based on 5 key areas… See more
10 Reasons Why WPX Hosting Is THE Best WP Host In Australia (for marketers, entrepreneurs, bloggers using WP).
#1: The co-founder and CEO is an Australian dude, Terry Kyle.
Read about his mission to disrupt/replace the horrible practices of dinosaur hosting companies with a new high-speed WP service, backed up by bulletproof customer support.
#2: WPX Hosting CRUSHED all competitors in a recent speed shootout in Sydney, according to influential blogger, Matthew Woodward… See more