Why Choose Me?
If you are looking for speed, I live and breathe WordPress and WooCommerce performance. I provide tailored speed up services for your site on any type of hosting platform: shared, VPS or dedicated. I have sysadmin and systems engineering skills to provide various approaches. Together, we will squeeze all the speed we can out of your current hosting solution or find a new one that suits you better – usually while saving you money too!
- General performance optimization for fast page load times
- Site and host migrations to get more resources and speed
- HTTP to HTTPS migrations covering all bases so Google doesn’t punish you!
- Database cleanups tailored for your site
- Infrastructure optimization for scaling your site
- Performance Troubleshooting to find out what’s slowing your site down!
- Custom server setups for maximum speed
- Custom WooCommerce performance solutions to speed up products and order searching
- Performance consultations if you want some guidance or clarity for your project
- Pleasing Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool and the think with Google test
Proof of Results
Michael had some complaints from users that his site was taking too long to load. I managed to reduce his page load time from over 30 seconds (proof).
After my optimizations it took 945 ms (proof) to load.
That is over 30x faster!, Michael and his visitors are much happier now!
A jewelry store named Unspoiled Jewels running WooCommerce came to me because they weren’t getting any sales. I ran some speed tests, before optimization it was taking 6.65 seconds (proof) to load.
After my optimizations it took 900 ms. The site size reduced from 5.7MB to 2.1MB (proof) to load.
That is 6x faster! They sold 4 items of jewelry that same week and are selling on average 1 product daily now!
Steve was having to deal with cancelled orders and missing payments daily because his store was running so slowly. He sent me this screenshot, how frustrating and hearbreaking as a store owner! His staff also hated doing any order administration because it was agonizingly slow
After we optimized the hosting, server and application, orders were going through like a dream and the admin team was no longer dreading doing their job in the backend!
Christian had a fast site loading in 1 second he wanted even faster!
I managed to halve that to under 500ms
Pleasing Google’s Speed Tests
Pleasing Google can be challenging but with enough time and effort your site can be in the Excellent category for website speed just like mine!
Excellence in the eyes of Google can be yours so you even beat the top performers :)
You can also read about the irony of Google Pagespeed Insights
Improving gtmetrix scores
Contentful First Paint is how quickly you see consumable content for your website. This is absolutely crucial to pleasing your visitors!
A contentful first pain(t) of 4.4 seconds is going to cost visitors and increase bounce rate.
After optimizations we can get that crucial contentful first paint to a super fast level like 0.6s!
WordPress Admin Performance Benefits
Michael was also frustrated his wp-admin area was very slow. Who can blame him? Who wants to wait 15 seconds to manage their WordPress or WooCommerce site?
It should only take under 2 seconds in the wp-admin backend
A very popular news site in Asia was so slow you could not even access the admin area. After I spent several hours troubleshooting the results blew the client (and myself) away!
Thanks to Kinsta Hosting for the New Relic screenshot – a fantastic company with great speed and quality support.
One client had an agonizingly slow wp-admin area because of a bloated database which was excruciating to work in.
It used to take 45 seconds to perform anything there
Now it takes around 200ms after a thorough database cleanup!
Take the Leap
If you are looking to take your WordPress or WooCommerce speed optimization to the next level, let’s talk. I have extensive experience with Linux servers as a sysadmin and systems engineer on Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS and others. Server-side performance solutions like Apache, nginx, Varnish, Redis, memcached, Apache Solr and Elasticsearch are just a few of the technologies I work with daily. I can help you automate with scripting or help harden your site as well the way pros do it.
Work with WordPress Professionals
Tom Usborne from GeneratePress was my first client whom I helped move hosting to save $500 a month and improve the speed of his site. Tom has also implemented performance improvements to his themes based on my feedback. I am privileged to work with Frank Gossens (the creator of Autoptimize) to create new awesome plugins. Most recently, my volunteer performance work has been with Elementor who have been taking on my suggestions to help make Elementor even faster.
In my free time I write tutorials for making WordPress faster on WP Bullet Guides and design plugins to make our sites more awesome via WP Bullet. I also weightlift, enjoy watching football and assist on various WordPress groups on Facebook.
Psychology MA from University of St Andrews
Psychology MSc from University of Birmingham
Network Systems Engineer AP from EAL
Mike did a great job communicating his plan, his findings and proposing next steps. He was also helpful in discussing topics that were not directly related to the project. Most striking was Mike's honesty in proposing to drop the next steps since he believed (and he was right) that they wouldn't be cost effective and cheaper solutions were available. It is a pleasure working with a developer that isn't just out to write hours, but thinks of the client's needs and puts in extra effort out of his own curiosity. I look forward to working with Mike again in the future.
This is the second time I have hired Mike and he is always very responsive and has a genuine enthusiasm to help you solve your problems. You won't find anyone who is more knowledgeable on server configs and caching solutions than Mike, he will even educate your hosting company! He is an excellent communicator who takes the time to make sure you understand the problem at hand without jargon and he is a nice guy too. I highly recommend you hire Mike, he is worth every penny.
Wow! Just wow, Mike gave me the best consulting phone call I've every experienced in my life! He was so informative, clear, friendly and made very complex issues easy to understand. Highly and completely recommend!
Mike is a true Expert in WP and Speed related issues. Will be hiring for additional work in next phase of project after we move hosting. Thanks Mike!
After a very enlightening consultation, Mike took up the project and made out of very slow site a rocket fast webpage. I hit a lot of closed doors of coders and official support pages of the code that were generating the issues. Mike knew directly what it was and what has to be done. His insight and practical application must be one of the best out there!
Because he is a rockstar
Mike is great to work with and responds fast! He developed a great plan to optimize my website.
Mike completed the task swiftly with results that I couldn't even imagine. My site used to load at around 12 seconds and now it loads at 1! Mike also went above and beyond by giving me recommendations with specific instructions. Would definitely recommend him as an expert to resolve any issue relating to speed and functionality of a WordPress site.
Very knowledgeable and a pleasure to collaborate with.
It's incredible to work with such a humble, brilliant, and articulate expert. Mike is a rare find. I feel fortunate to work with him.
I choose this rating why, as always, our needs have been met with punctuality and professionalism.
Mikes work is incredible, we had a great consultation, we went into all details of the project and was available through all the critical moments. Results are amazing, I had partly given up on ever getting a speedy website, thinking it was the nature of the complexities that we used etc. However, Mike was able to perform tests and I guess some major surgery that ended up with the result I dreamed of. The admin side, the customer side and the shopping checkout side all fast! my team are happy, and my customers are ordering with no problems – Job done!