Hummingbird Performance Upgrades Get You Closer to That Perfect 100

Hummingbird, the automated speed optimization plugin for WordPress, has received +130 new features, enhancements and fixes, has doubled active installs (+125k) and cracked 200 reviews with an average 5-star rating in the last 6 months. We’ve been moving so fast improving things we almost forgot to send you the highlights. Tell me more! If you […] View original post at …

Hummingbird: All-New Ultra-Fast Minification Engine & Gravatar Caching

This week we’re excited to announce we’ve added a brand new, ultra-fast minification engine to our Hummingbird performance plugin! But that’s not all. Hummingbird now features Gravatar caching, too! So what does this mean? Well, two things: The new minification engine uses an API located on our dedicated servers, so when you minify a file, […] View original post at …

Smush Wins Torque’s 2017 Plugin Madness Competition!

Our Smush image compression and optimization plugin has been named Torque’s 2017 Plugin Madness champion! Smush took on WordFence in the final championship round of the annual competition, knocking out the security plugin after winning 69% of the votes. Torque Managing Editor Marie Dodson had a chat with our CEO James Farmer about the competition and […] View original post at …

6 Little-Known Image Compression Tips for Making the Most of Smush Pro for WordPress

Your WordPress site needs to load in a flash just like the Flash since 40% of people leave slow sites. Fortunately, WP Smush Pro is the image-smushing super power you need to speed up your website without breaking a sweat. WP Smush Pro compresses your images to reduce their file size and speed up your site. All without having to […] View original post at …

Fast Gets Faster as Hummingbird Adds CloudFlare Integration

Another week and another great new feature comes to our performance optimization plugin Hummingbird – full CloudFlare integration! So, if you haven’t already heard of CloudFlare, go take a look .We think you’ll be really interested in their services (we use them for CampusPress, and Edublogs) and as with all our articles, that’s not an affiliate link – we genuinely do like …

How I Made My WordPress Site 1311% Faster with Cloudways and WPMU DEV Plugins

Yep, you read that right: I got a 1311% speed boost when I set up Cloudways managed cloud hosting on my server combined with our Hummingbird and Smush Pro plugins. Woah, right? And I got that result with very little effort. You’ve no doubt had it drummed into you that optimizing your websites for speed is important. After all, 40% of …

You’re Not Going to Believe the Brand New Image Compression Trick in Smush… It’s TRANSFORMATIVE

Smush is absolutely established as the best auto image compression available for WordPress by some distance – over 5 billion images smushed and 1,624 five-star reviews certainly do not lie… But we’ve just taken Smush to a whole new level. Say hello to automated PNG to JPG transformation for your files that need it. Magic. So let me run that past you again. …

How to Get More People to Share Your Content on Social Media With WordPress

There’s a formula all of the best bloggers follow: valuable content + proper search engine optimization + semantic relevancy = great rankings in search engine results and high visitor engagement. However, just writing valuable content and following the best SEO and semantic search practices are not enough. In order for your great content to be seen, it needs to be shared. And …