I decided to launch a new personal profile page on About.Me after hearing about the site in an Engadget Expand conference video. I'm not entirely sure what I'll do with the page yet, but About.Me is an interesting idea, not unlike a public facebook page.I am curious to see if it will have any ranking potential within search engines. This could possibly allow it to be used for reputation management and owning the first page of results - even for businesses. Only time will tell if the page gets indexed and ranks. Hit me up if you have tried About.Me and have found the service beneficial.
There are a lot of articles and comments floating around the Internet on what the best WordPress plugin is to speed up page load times. I've done some testing with WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache to come up with my own conclusion and I think the findings are pretty interesting.Test Setup:
New Media Temple GS server setup for the test
Fresh WordPress Install
Sample post created with minimal text and 2 images
Page load speed tested 3 times, alternating between two domains, using webpagetest.org
Initial Results:Admittedly, WP Super Cache managed to eke out a victory on a base WordPress Install. It sped up WordPress by about .3 seconds and all seemed well with the world.If this had been the end of the story, you could stop reading here, but the simple truth is that we all like to use lots of plugins with WordPress and that is where I really began seeing the value of W3 Total Cache. There are lots of settings that can be tweaked and you can even add a CDN, so I was able to get things moving much more quickly in the long run with W3 Total Cache.After installing around 14 highly used plugins, what I noticed is that, while the first page loading time was a little longer, subsequent page loads were quite a bit faster, in general, with W3. I was also able to squeeze out a little better of a compressed image score, after installing WP Smush.it with W3. No real noticeable change was noticed with WPSC.While the tests are not highly scientific, based on the ability to customize many more settings and overall faster page loading speeds, W3 will be my go-to for speeding up WordPress sites.List of Installed Plugins Tested:
I suppose it would be appropriate for me to let you all know we posted two videos on the OneSketch web site including a 2-minute elevator pitch describing the OneSketch web site editor and company and video demo. The demo shows an early (pre-alpha) look at what our web site editor might look like in action, though we have a lot of changes planned before we move the software into beta. I’ll keep you updated as new developments happen, but feel free to comment and let me know what you might like to see from the software.