Local: Build a Desktop Database to Develop and Sync Your WordPress Site

If you’ve done a lot of WordPress development, you know that it’s often much more flexible and fast to work on your local desktop or laptop than to always have to worry about connecting remotely. Running a local database server can be quite a pain, though… like setting up MAMP or XAMPP to startup a local web server, accommodate your programming language, and then connect to your database. WordPress is pretty simple from an architecture

WordPress Hosting Running Slow? Migrate to Managed Hosting

Although there’re tons of reasons that your WordPress installation is running slow (including poorly written plugins and themes), I believe the single biggest reason why people have problems is that of their hosting company. The additional need for social buttons and integrations compounds the issue – many of them load terribly slow as well. People notice. Your audience notices. And they don’t convert. Having a page that takes longer than 2 seconds to load can

9 Deadly Mistakes that Make Sites Slow

Slow websites influence bounce rates, conversion rates, and even your search engine rankings. That said, I’m surprised by the number of sites that are still gruelingly slow. Adam showed me a site today hosted on GoDaddy that was taking in excess of 10 seconds to load. That poor person thinks they’re saving a couple bucks on hosting… instead they’re losing tons of money because prospective clients are bailing on them. We’ve grown our readership quite

We’ve Moved Hosts… You May Want To As Well

I’ll be honest that I’m incredibly disappointed right now. When managed WordPress hosting hit the market and some friends of mine launched their company, I couldn’t have been happier. As an agency, I was tired of running into issue after issue with web hosts who would pass off any problem with WordPress on to us. With Managed WordPress hosting, our host supported WordPress, optimized it for speed, and had features specific to managing all of

Don’t Blame WordPress

90,000 hackers are trying to get into your WordPress installation right now. That’s a ridiculous statistic but also points to the popularity of the world’s most popular content management system. While we’re fairly agnostic about content management systems, we have a deep, deep respect for WordPress and support most of our clients’ installations on it. I don’t necessarily agree with the founder of WordPress who largely deflects the attention on security issues with the CMS.

Monitor Site Speed with Torbit Insight

The site is loading slow. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received this message over the years when working with clients. Site speed is incredibly important… it can reduce bounces, keep visitors engaged, get your site ranked better in Google, and ultimately lead to more conversions. We love fast sites… it’s one of the first issues we attack with a client (and also why we host WordPress on Flywheel – that’s an affiliate

When Disaster Strikes!

The last 48 hours haven’t been fun. Technology is a fantastic thing, but it’s never perfect. When if fails, I’m not sure there’s really that much preparation you can have… but you do have to react. You may have noticed that our site was getting gruelingly slow the last couple weeks. It was strange given the fact that we have it on a great hosting package combined with a database server and content delivery network.

SaaS Shifts to Offer Database as a Service

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of listening to ExactTarget Chief of Operations, Scott McCorkle, speak to the evolution of their platform. I’ve written in the past that I believe Email Service Providers have jumped the shark – and it appears the forward-thinking ESPs have already taken note. Scott spoke to ExactTarget’s goal of being the Marketing Hub for companies. Instead of simply being a send engine for email, ExactTarget is pushing to