I currently both my blog website and WooCommerce store getting a page score of 100% using WP Rocket and I haven’t done anything complex. In this guide, I’ll show you the settings I have activated so you can do the same.
Here is the current page speed score for the website you are on currently:
And here is the speed score for my private WooCommerce website.
Summary: The steps I take to get my 100% page speed score
I will give you the list below in point form (I see you skim readers) and then I’ll flesh out each specific step in its own part of this article.
Here are the exact steps I take to optimise my website using WP Rocket:
So let’s start going through each of these in a bit more detail.
WordPress hosting for a fast website
I host my blogging website with Digital Ocean and my WooCommerce website is with Amazon AWS.
If you have a decent website bringing in quite a bit of traffic already, and $40 per month for hosting to get a faster website doesn’t scare you, then I would highly recommend checking out Digital Ocean first.
I know that these two options are more expensive than other options on the market and require a bit more technical work to set up, so if you have a new website or you are not at the stage where you want to be spending $40 per month on hosting, then I would recommend checking out NameHero.
Why I recommend NameHero hosting
I used to recommend SiteGround (and they are still a good option from what I hear) but NameHero seem to offer more value for money.
What I like about NameHero and SiteGround is that they both have:
So while both options will give you a fast website, comparing the two options, NameHero is where I would recommend you invest your money.
This is NameHero’s pricing at the time of writing this article. If you go with (1) or (2) I’m sure you’d be fine with a fair bit of traffic to your website.
The last thing I want to mention about hosting is the following perspective I have about it.
You can have a website that loads very fast for your visitors to your website with WP Rocket and the other settings that I show you on this page.
But you also have to consider your editing experience as the person who is managing the website and logged-in adding content and designing your website, or checking WooCommerce orders.
I actually left WooCommerce in 2017 for a SaaS because the orders screen in WooCommerce was loading too slow and just managing orders was taking up my whole day.
What is your time worth?
If you put your hourly worth at something like $40 an hour, or whatever it is, is paying an extra $5 a month hosting to be able to do your daily actions 2 hours faster worth it?