About a month and a half ago, I got hacked. That made me focus on the Big Red Car website. It was very frustrating. Lots of time on the chat with support from a bunch of different places — talking to you, AWS.
I changed a lot of things — hosting, security, analytics, CDN, cache, backup, image optimization, fonts, SSL, subscription, SEO — had to. I had let the site get a little overgrown and spindly.
So, I have been doing some work on it. Have three or four more things left to do, but today, I got the speed where it needs to be.
The site is loading in less than a second. For a site this large, that is a superb speed.
I use GTMetrix to measure performance and keep my results. It has taken at least a month, but to see an A-96% on PageSpeed and an A-90% on YSlow with a 0.8 second load time, is pretty damn good.
The smartest thing I did was to turn loose WPSpeedGuru in the person of Alexei Kutsko.
I cannot believe how much better the site does on search rankings. I never really configure it for that, but the speed makes all the difference.
I hope you enjoy it.
If there is some change you’d like me to consider. Drop me a comment. It feels like you do when you finish tying a big, fat, beautiful Monkeys Paw.