Bluehost WordPress & Optimize It For Speed 2020

Bluehost  WordPress & Optimize It For Speed 2020
Bluehost  WordPress & Optimize It For Speed 2020

Bluehost  WordPress & Optimize It For Speed 2020

WordPress on your Bluehost account how to get a free SSL certificate on any of your Bluehost domains and I'll also show you how to get a professional-looking business email address completely free of charge. As well as optimize your Bluehost website for the best possible performance after all of the optimizations were done on my Bluehost website was up to 30% faster than before. So, without any further ado let's start. Obviously, the very first thing you'll need is a plan with Bluehost and for this tutorial, I assume you already have one so you can skip to this time in the video for the actual tutorial. But if you don't have a plan with Bluehost they're actually one of the better cheap web hosting alternatives that are out there right now and here's how to get one of their plans with a discount. To get yourself a plan with a 67% discount click the link down in the description below, this will take you to the Bluehost website and automatically apply the discount. So, I want to inform you that these links are actually affiliate links and that means if you make a purchase I'll make a commission this is simply the best possible way for me to keep my content sponsor and ad free.

And, I'm also able to give you special discount codes on your purchases so if you want to support the channel go ahead and get yourself a discount and use the links down below but if you don't want to no hard feelings. Now, you'll need to choose a plan. I recommend you get the basic plan if you only want to create one website and the Plus plan if you plan to create multiple websites. And, the choice Plus plan honestly isn't all that good it's going to cost you around $4 more each month when it's time to renew and the benefits you're getting from the choice plus plan are just not worth it in my opinion. Here you can choose a free domain name and you'll be taken to the cart I recommend not buying any add-ons at first as this will be much cheaper for you but make sure to grab the free email box if you're offered one. You can always buy the add-ons later if you believe that your website needs them. With, that being said you can go ahead and finish up the purchasing process. Once you own a Bluehost account your dashboard should look something like this and it's now time to install WordPress on your newly bought Bluehost website. 

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If you're on this menu and you want to create a WordPress website just click on my site and choose to create the site. Type in your website name and the tagline I recommend clicking on the Advanced tab and typing in your email address and login information that you'll use to get into your WordPress dashboard. Otherwise, you'll get a randomly generated password. If you have more than one domain on Bluehost click as this drop-down menu and choose the website you want WordPress installed on. I recommend deselecting all of the additional options as they'll slow down your website if you're not using them and you can always get them later if you need it. Once the installation is done you'll be able to view your website and access the WordPress dashboard. Your WordPress website will also appear in the section of my site of the Bluehost dashboard. Now, your website is created and it's time to install the SSL certificate the good thing about Bluehost is they actually offer free SSL certificates with any domain that you buy and they install them automatically. 

By the way, an SSL certificate gives you this lock next to your domain name not having an SSL certificate will give you a not secure message or even worse this page. If for some reason your free SSL certificate didn't activate automatically make sure to contact the support staff and ask them to activate it for you from the server side. You can reach the support staff by clicking the question mark here and then just clicking chat. By the way, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need an SSL certificate but you don't necessarily want to pay for one I actually have a guide on how you can get a free SSL certificate on absolutely any web hosting provider completely free of charge. You can find that guide right here. Yeah somewhere around there. Once you have your SSL certificate installed, you can check if it's working by typing in HTTPS followed by your website name. If your SSL certificate is active you'll see a green lock next to the domain name and I also recommend navigating to your WordPress control panel by going into my sites and clicking log into WordPress and install a plug-in called "Really Simple SSL" this will make sure you always use the secure version of your website instead of the HTTP one. At first glance it might seem that Bluehost is charging you extra if you want to use an email box. Since, when you go to email and office section there are only paid plans available but there is actually a way of getting a free email address hidden under the hood. 

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To create your free business email address you'll first want to go into the Advanced tab, scroll down to where it says email accounts and click on create. Choose the domain name you want to use with your email account, this will influence how your email address will look. I'll choose enter the name of your email box, for example, I'll use info and the password you'll use to log into this email account. Finally, click create. Your new email account will now appear in the emails tab to access your mailbox you can always navigate back to this page and click check email. The first time you use the service you'll need to select an email client I recommend Roundcube. Now, people that send emails to will reach this email box that you just created you'll also be able to reply to them as this just looks so much more professional than something that like Gmail or so it's always beneficial to create these free business email accounts even if you don't plan to use them much. So, at this point, you should already have a WordPress website created and SSL certificate installed on it and activate it and a free email account that looks professional created. 

It's time to optimize your Bluehost web site for the best possible performance using a couple of WordPress plugins. I've added a bit of design and content just to make sure the website is a bit heavier. So, we could have some data to optimize as you can see the website currently loads in 2.7 seconds which isn't great. So, let's fix that. Super quick disclaimer before making any major changes to your website it doesn't matter if it's now or sometimes in the future always back your website up you don't want to be in the middle of a huge change when everything crashes down and you're left without the backup so you have to do it all over again. First I'll delete everything extra that came with the Bluehost installation that I'm not using. This should reduce the size of my website and increase the loading speed quite a bit. Next, I've installed 3 free plugins to help me out with the optimization leverage browser caching to fix my caching issue that GT metrics have detected. 

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Smush to reduce the size of my images. Since this template has a lot of images and a Hummingbird for further speed and performance optimizations let's start optimizing the website by installing these plugins. First, click on add new and search for the leverage browser caching then install and activate it. You don't need to configure anything as this plugin does it all automatically. Now, we can move on to installing the second plugin called Smush. What Smush does is it compresses and optimizes the images on your website. When installed you'll find a new menu appear in your WordPress dashboard so just click on it. Go through the automatic setup and click bulk smush now this will optimize all of the images on your website. Keep in mind, that with the free version you're only able to optimize 50 images at a time. So, you'll need to click continue once in a while. When that's done you'll now need to install a third plugin called Hummingbird. This will show your potential areas where you can further optimize your website and give you the tools to do it. 

Once the installation is done you'll find Hummingbird in the sidebar just like Smush. Run the performance test and wait for it to finish. Now, you'll find areas that are slowing your website down the most. You can analyze and work on these optimizations in every single area but from my experience what's going to have the most impact is asset optimization and caching. So, navigate the asset optimization and wait for a Hummingbird to scan everything. You can skip the tour once the scan is complete and here you will see all of the files you can optimize in various ways. For this tutorial, I'm only going to compress uncompressed files in the theme that I'm using. It's recommended to do this one by one and check if your website doesn't break and if it does revert to the change. However, since I'm just doing a demo website I'm going to compress everything at once to save time. Once you publish the changes going to the caching settings and click activate do this with every single section that doesn't have caching enabled. So, with all of these optimizations in place.

I was able to reduce the loading speed and size of my website by 30%. Instead of taking on average about 3 seconds to load. Now, it takes 2 and it doesn't weigh 3MB anymore. Quite a nifty improvement considering it was all done for free and just in a couple of minutes. I'll be making more web hosting and web development related tutorials in the future so if you're someone that has a website or you're just interested in web hosting I highly recommend you subscribe but for now, good luck making your websites

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