Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting Review

April 29, 2019

The managed WordPress hosting industry can be accurately described with one word – overcrowded. As with other overcrowded industries, leaders tend to emerge over time, and that’s exactly what Kinsta has done since it was founded in 2013. Over the past six years, Kinsta has grown from a small boutique hosting company into a globally recognized industry leader, all while maintaining unparalleled customer satisfaction and a quality user experience.

Today, Kinsta offers a premium containerized WordPress hosting platform, “for everyone, small or large,” built on top of Google Cloud Platform utilizing the latest technologies like NGINX, LXD, MariaDB, and PHP 7 to guarantee super fast load times. In this review, we’ll take an in-depth look at Kinsta’s WordPress hosting offering so you can decide if it’s the right solution for you.

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pipdig is Hijacking WordPress Sites →

April 4, 2019

Jem Turner:

pipdig, one of the biggest WordPress theme providers to bloggers, is distributing code dressed up as the “pipdig Power Pack” plugin which amongst other things:

A great post by Jem. I highly recommend giving it a read if you’re a pipdig customer or just someone who’s interested about how easy it is for a theme provider to inject b***shit into your WordPress site.

In short, here’s what pipdig does with your site.

  • Uses your site to issue DDoS attacks on competitors.
  • Change links in your WordPress database to point to pipdig.com.
  • Violates GDPR laws.
  • Disables other plugins without asking you first.

The story doesn’t end there though.

Regarding that last point, Nicky Bloor discovered that pipdig disables Bluehost’s and SiteGround’s caching plugins, and then prompts users with a message that reads, “Is your host slowing you down?”.

Disgusting behavior from pipdig. I hope they lose customers over this.

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How to Set Up Cloudflare Full Page Cache for Your WordPress Site

March 25, 2019

Cloudflare is a popular service that offers DNS, CDN, security services, and more. It is often used by WordPress site owners to speed up and secure their websites. By default, Cloudflare automatically caches static assets like CSS, JS, and images. With a little extra work, Cloudflare can also be configured to “cache everything,” which means a static HTML copy of your website will be cached and served from Cloudflare’s extensive network of data centers around the world. In this post, you’ll learn more about Cloudflare’s “full page cache” feature, and if it’s a good option for your WordPress site.

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How to Reduce Network Requests in WordPress by Combining Images

March 10, 2019

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on optimizing this website by implementing Cloudflare full-page caching on certain pages, refactoring CSS, and reducing the number of requests per page load. Every page on BrianLi.com has a Twitter icon in the top left corner and an Instagram icon in the top right corner. Previously, the two icons were two separate PNG images. After a little Photoshop and CSS magic, I’ve cut that number in half. Now, both icons are displayed with the same PNG image.

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