Graphicline WordPress Hosting Faster than HostGator
Our client’s WordPress site, JulieMaryCarmen.com, gained a significant speed improvement after moving hosting from Hostgator to our hosting service – Graphicline Fully Managed WordPress Hosting.
The chart shows the much faster page load speeds. The red graph line is the site speed on Hostgator, the green line is page speed since moving the site to Graphicline WordPress Hosting.
How to Correct WordPress Mystique Theme Site Title Header Markup
A sharp eyed user of the WordPress Mystique theme noticed duplicate <h1> headers on the front page.
The theme places the site title and tagline inside <h1> markup for the front page and blog page.
And of course, WordPress puts the page title in <h1> markup as well – so you get 2 instances of <h1> on the site front page and the blog.
Not good for SEO. There must only be one H1 on any page.
Funny thing is, the developer has commented the theme file responsible for assigning the title markup, in the code just prior to the offending lines of script:
“only on the front/home page, for seo reasons”
Change the Code to Fix Error
Will Google Stop Indexing Real Estate Website MLS Listings
Is Google going to stop indexing MLS listings on real estate websites? It’s a rumour we came across recently! Disturbingly, the source of the rumour came from an IDX service provider. (IDX service is an intermediary service between the raw data MLS feed and a realtors website)
The IDX service provider told our client there was no point in having indexable listings on his real estate website as Google was going to stop indexing these listings. The client should instead use the listings on their own domain, and use Google AdWords to drive traffic to their site
In a way this makes sense. Yet the idea raises more questions than it answers.
Bingbot and MSN bots are Rulebreakers
I’m tired of watching Bingbot and msnbot breaking rules and crawling disallowed files, folders and paths. Microsoft say their bots obey robots.txt rules – They don’t. Bingbot/msnbot faithfully reads robots.txt, then immediately afterwards continues on to crawl items specifically listed…
1st Rule Breaker Example – Comments
Comment paths are disallowed:
- Disallow: /comment/
- Disallow: /*/comment/
- Disallow: /comment/reply/
And the result, Bing crawls these paths
- 220.127.116.11 /comment/169 2004/07/13 14:24
- 18.104.22.168 /comment/179 2004/07/13 14:25
- 22.214.171.124 /comment/201 2004/07/13 14:26
Now we Get Auto Hyperlinks – Bad News
Text gets turned into hyperlinks automatically. I just discovered this annoying thing that’s part of the latest version of WordPress used by WordPress.com – WordPress 3.5. Type the text for a URL and the darn thing turns into a hyperlink when published. That’s right, you don’t have to click on the link function in the editor, so no options to add target info and title… No options not to create the hyperlink… Arrgghhh!
Maybe it’s handy for the terminally lazy, but it’s bad news for SEO. And what about the bloggers who write about malware and bad websites, and want to tell readers about these bad addresses? They don’t want visitors to click a hyperlink, just want to inform people about the bad address. With auto-hyperlinks the information becomes an active link!
For example, this hacker information “Exploit attempt on WordPress GD Star Rating plugin”
Website Loads 10 Times Faster After Hosting Change
One of my sub-sites loads 10 times faster after moving the domain to an offshore server. To be totally fair and put the improvement in perspective, the actual server is not that much faster; the big difference is route latency or lag.
Before moving the average time it took Google-bot to load a page from this site was around 1100 ms. Now, a month later we can see the improvement – average time is about 100 ms..
GNAX Hosting – So Far So Good
Last week I moved my domain graphicline.co.za to GNAX VPS hosting. I’ve watched Google page load times get shockingly poor the past four months. Nothing I’ve done on-site to improve performance has made any difference. I’d already tried several caching systems and offloaded some files to a CDN and other fast servers – with no improvement.
Eventually, after trying everything else, the only conclusion I could draw was the long path bottleneck between Google’s Mountain View servers and the data centre servers hosting my domain was the main culprit in the time it took for Big G to load pages.
Average page loads for 2 of the sites (WordPress) on the domain had gone from under 2.5 seconds in May to over 4 seconds in August and over 5 by September, while the main site (Drupal) was approaching 4 seconds from under 2 in May. Minimum page load speed had got to nearly 4 seconds for one site by September.