Automattic’s Jetpack plugin has been around for a long time and grows with every new version. But why would anyone install such a massive plugin when there are smaller alternatives? This article looks at six reasons why Jetpack is still the go-to choice for the majority of WordPress-based sites.
WordPress is by far the most popular content management system in the world. So, naturally, I love it and have quite a bit to say about it. My WordPress posts may be slightly biased towards code hacks (as opposed to simpler configuration tweaks), but well, I'm a software guy... So, no apologies.
WordPress on Amazon EC2 makes a very flexible and powerful web development combo. WordPress is a great choice because it has a huge theme and plugin ecosystem, and it is very user-friendly (non-technical people can use it comfortably). Amazon EC2 is highly scalable and practically unlimited and Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a whole suite of website and application management tools that most people find useful at one point or another.
SSH provides a significantly more secure way of updating WordPress files and plugins or performing new plugin installations. Here, I explain how to enable WordPress to use SSH for all updates and installations.
Here I explain the second method to speed up your WordPress site using Amazon’s CDN. To get background information on the process described here, please read my previous post: Speed Up WordPress With Amazon S3 And Cloudfront (Part 1).
With just a bit of extra effort, you could get significant page speed improvements on your WordPress website by using Amazon’s Content Delivery Network (CDN). This is because Amazon has robust servers all over the world that can serve your content much faster than the single shared hosting server that your WordPress site is most likely installed on.
A favicon (favorites icon) is a small image (usually a 16 x 16 icon) that sits besides the title of your webpage as shown in a browser tab. Favicons are a must for any proper and complete website because they are used by browsers in lots of places (like tabs and bookmarks) and they help your returning users to easily identify your website visually.