The WpFASTER WordPress Speed Optimization Master Course

Our A - Z Performance Blueprint to Make Your WordPress Site Not Just Fast, But One of the Fastest Sites On Earth!
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  • Lectures 55
  • Length 7 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

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"The best investment of time and money I've made in a long time" (Joe Adams).

"Best purchase on Udemy by far" (Luis José Zarza Romero). 

"This course is very well done, and provides results. Within 2 days of finishing the videos, I was able to take a customers website from the 65th percentile in speed to the top 10th" (Franco Valentino).

"The Best course that I've ever seen" (Thanaponth).

"2 Thumbs, Up A++, Home Run. I am glad that not a lot of other Udemy Instructors I've encountered have a similar teaching style because I'd never get any actual work done. I'd be on Udemy all the time learning and not doing! Great stuff!" (Steve Dougherty).

"Waaaay good stuff! The depth of information here is impressive. AJ has succeeded in making some very arcane, technical material accessible to anyone who is motivated enough to work through it" (Randall Zamorski).

"This step-by-step course has done wonders for my websites. I now know more about speeding up Wordpress than I ever thought possible" (Jeffery Wood).

"AJ's course is a must for anyone looking to improve their or clients website speed. A course that is worth doing from start to finish" (Ian Campbell).

"AJ is an entertaining lecturer and he definitely knows his stuff" (Josh Tseng).

"I was totally blown away by the simplicity, logical presentation of facts and real time results as I followed these lessons" (Frank).


Your WordPress website made not just faster & not merely fast, but one of the fastest websites on the Internet. The Official WpFASTER WordPress Speed Optimization Master Course is, by popular demand, finally here. Enjoy the rewards now!

...2 seconds...

You may have heard it said that this is the amount of time you have to get your content in front of the eyes of your website's visitors before they start to bounce, or before you begin to lose money.

While this 2 second figure is indeed true, it doesn't actually tell the whole story. Website speed is not a game of seconds. It is a game of milliseconds. A game in which a website that is interactive in a literal blink-of-an-eye quicker than yours will enjoy better user engagement, longer on-site times, superior search engine positioning; and, more income. These are the facts.

Now, more than ever, your website's speed is absolutely critical to your site's User Experience; and, your WordPress site's ultimate success or failure:


  • Google found that a 500ms slowdown equals 20% decrease in ad revenue.
  • Amazon finds a 100ms slowdown – one tenth of one second – can mean a 1% decrease in revenue.
  • Yahoo! found that a 400ms improvement in load time translated to a 9% increase in traffic.
  • 27% of users say that visiting a slow site makes them likely to visit a competitor.
  • Google is so committed to speed and User Experience that they are, right within their search results, experimenting with affixing a "SLOW" label to slower websites...


In this, the official WpFASTER WordPress Speed Optimization Master Course, the only course of its kind on the planet, you will not learn how to make your WordPress websites merely faster, but how to make them some of the fastest, most performant websites in the entire world. You will further be able to prove that they are.

This course -- WpFASTER's blueprint -- includes everything you need to know, from theory to application: Basic, to intermediate, to advanced WordPress performance techniques and configurations; to troubleshooting and mitigating optimization issues; and, ultimately, the goods to produce the most incredibly fast WordPress sites on the Web.

And lest I forget, you are going to learn all of this and more without having to know or learn any code whatsoever.

My name is AJ McKay. I am the Managing Partner for WpFASTER, the instructor for the course and here to help you every step of the way.

If you have a WordPress-powered website or blog and can see that this course will, in a very real way, pay you for taking & applying it, the Official WpFASTER WordPress Speed Optimization Master Course is for you!

SPEED. GET SOME.

What are the requirements?

  • Aside from a self-hosted WordPress site, a basic knowledge of WordPress, the ability to think critically and an awareness of the fact that the fastest possible version of your WordPress site is no longer optional for its success, you need not know or do anything special prior to taking this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee.
  • The most comprehensive, in-depth WordPress speed optimization course in all of existence.
  • Evergreen content/regular updates/HD Video (click the 'HD' icon in the lower right of course videos) & an attentive instructor that wants, above all else, to see you succeed.
  • Greater user engagement, longer on-site times, superior search engine positioning; and, if your website is monetized or is an eCommerce store – more money!
  • Acquire WpFASTER's WordPress performance optimization architecture and process, thereby empowering you with the skills to optimize your WordPress websites such that they are not just faster and not merely fast; but, are literally some of the fastest websites on the Internet, WordPress-powered or otherwise. You will further be able to SCIENTIFICALLY PROVE that they are: to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
  • Get access to some of the major ingredients of WpFASTER's 'secret sauce' to enter your WordPress website or blog into the realm of the speed elite.
  • Master everything you need to know: from basic, to intermediate, to advanced techniques and configurations, without having to learn ANY code.
  • Become adept at troubleshooting and mitigating optimization issues as they arise.
  • Be able to start your own WordPress Web Performance/Speed Optimization service, or add WordPress Web Performance/Speed Optimization as an adjunct or value added service to your website design business, potentially doubling your per-job profits.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for anyone that uses and therefore has an at least basic understanding of WordPress. Put very simply, if you are (for example) comfortable with adding posts and pages, navigating within your hosting account, and me saying things like "functions.php," "HTTPS," "CSS file," and the like doesn't make you say "wat...?", then you'll do wonderfully. That said, even advanced WordPress users, designers and coders will benefit greatly from the course as they absorb, and subsequently learn how to apply, WpFaster's highly refined Web Performance Optimization (WPO), Front End Optimization (FEO) and User Experience Optimization (UX) architecture.
  • There is quite a bit of material. As such, and even though the material is presented plainly and in layman's terms whenever possible, it does take a hearty commitment to absorb it such that the aggregate of the material can be effectively applied to whatever WordPress site(s) you, yourself, are optimizing. In short, the ideal student will be up for a challenge, ready to think critically and be willing to completely relearn what they think they know about WordPress website optimization.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Enrolling in this course in no way shape or form enrolls the student in a WordPress optimization concierge service. I am more than happy to assist in the understanding of course material, to clear up any confusion about it or its application and to further explicate principles; but, I will not optimize students' websites for them.
  • One Last Thing... If you know yourself to be someone who possesses the attention span of a fruitfly, this really isn't the course for you. No judgements, just sayin'.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Official WpFASTER WordPress Speed Optimization Master Course
08:03

In this lecture learn why having the fastest possible version of your WordPress website is no longer optional.

9 pages

Course syllabus.

04:00

I truly believe that this course makes learning everything one needs to know about WordPress performance optimization as easy as it can possibly be. But this doesn't mean it's easy! In this lecture I provide some tips, hints and tricks for you to maximize retention and the practicing of the information.

04:01

The course covers a lot of ground in the WordPress WPO (Web Performance Optimization) and UX (User Experience) Optimization space; but, there are a few things that one should know about what the course is not as well. This lecture will refine your understanding of what you can (and should) expect from the course (and what you shouldn't).

08:17

It is an increasingly mobile world! This lecture swiftly deals with optimizing your WordPress website for 'high latency devices' like mobile phones and tablets.

Section 1 Quick Quiz
9 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 1

Section 2: The WpFASTER WordPress Speed/Performance Optimization Foundation
06:17

This lecture covers why choosing the right host for your WordPress website is foundational to the web performance architecture you will learn how to implement in future lectures.

02:45

Compression: What it is and why it is foundational to the WordPress web performance architecture you will learn how to implement in future lectures.

03:29

Minification: What it is and why it is foundational to the WordPress web performance architecture you will learn how to implement in future lectures.

04:13

Reducing the Number of HTTP Requests: What they are and why reducing them to as small a number as possible is foundational to the WordPress web performance architecture you will learn how to implement in future lectures.

04:34

Image Optimization: What it is and why it is foundational to the WordPress web performance architecture you will learn how to implement in future lectures.

02:57

Render Blocking CSS & JavaScript: What it is and why getting rid of it is foundational to the WordPress web performance architecture you will learn how to implement in future lectures.

01:46

Asynchronous Resources: What they are and why they are foundational to the WordPress web performance architecture you will learn how to implement in future lectures.

03:56

Caching: What it is and why it is foundational to the WordPress web performance architecture you will learn how to implement in future lectures.

Section 2 Quick Quiz
18 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 2

Section 3: Testing the Efficacy of Your Optimizations
03:29

Website Speed Testing Tools: They're not all created equal. This lecture introduces you to the differences between them, particularly the difference between "synthetic" testing tools and "organic" testing tools: Which ones are best used for what; and, the best way to know what our WordPress site's users are actually experiencing and under what circumstances they are experiencing it.

* Without accurate metrics, it's all guesswork.
* Without accurate metrics, we have not proved nor can we prove anything.
05:44

Pingdom: What it's Good For & When to Use It.

08:42

GTmetrix: What it's Good For & When to Use It

06:58

Google's PageSpeed Insights: What it's Good For & When to Use It.

18:38

WebPageTest: What it's Good For & When to Use It. (...Spoiler Alert: Everything & Always...)

Section 3 Quick Quiz
4 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 3

Section 4: Sections 1 - 3 Recap & Remarks On Optimizing Your WordPress Site's 'Core'
02:57

Recap of sections 1 - 3 & remarks on the optimization of your WordPress site's 'Core': What that is, with the how-to's of Core Optimization following in sections 5 - 9.

Section 5: Caching
03:15

Prefatory remarks about caching.

18:31

Learn how to implement and optimize page caching for your WordPress site, as well as how to mitigate general Page Caching issues.

16:32

Learn how to implement and optimize browser caching for your WordPress site, as well as how to mitigate general Browser Caching issues.

11:13

Learn how to implement and optimize database and object caching for your WordPress site, as well as how to mitigate general Database and Object Caching issues.

Section 5 Quick Quiz
9 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 5

Section 6: Minification & Concatenation I
02:45

Prefatory remarks about Minification & Concatenation.

19:30

How to implement Minification and Concatenation for your WordPress site.

15:51

Troubleshooting issues that might arise while minifying and concatenating your WordPress website.

Section 6 Quick Quiz
4 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 6

Section 7: Minification & Concatenation II: The Render Blocking CSS & JavaScript Conundrum
11:02

How to solve problems with render blocking CSS via inlining the CSS required to render all content that appears above-the-fold.

16:42

The same, one block of inlined CSS applied to every page of your website doesn't always render every page optimally. In this adjunct to How to Eliminate Render Blocking CSS in Above-the-Fold Content: Part I, learn how to apply different blocks of inlined CSS to different pages and posts on your WordPress site.

06:42

How to solve problems with render blocking CSS via inlining ALL of your WordPress site's CSS.

08:53

Solving the render blocking JavaScript conundrum with the "async" AND "defer" attributes for cross-browser compatibility.

03:03

Summary Remarks On Minification & the Render Blocking CSS and JavaScript Conundrum.

Section 7 Quick Quiz
3 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 7

Section 8: Image Optimization
13:32

The application of image optimization on your WordPress site.

Section 8 Quick Quiz
2 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 8

Section 9: Lazy Loading
09:07

Learn and apply the multiple uses of lazy loading (i.e. delaying the loading of certain content until that content is scrolled to) to reduce total page size as well as the total number of HTTP requests.

Section 9 Quick Quiz
1 question
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 9

Section 10: Advanced WordPress Optimizations: A Taste of the WpFASTER Secret Sauce
03:29

Prefatory Remarks About Advanced Optimizations.

12:34

Learn how to properly organize and prioritize plugins (i.e. manipulate which ones load when and where) for significantly reduced file sizes and faster loading times for your WordPress website.

11:11

Browser hints: what they are and how to use them to maximize the speed of your WordPress site.

11:30

Learn how to use PJAX to eliminate subsequent-page-load latency for INSTANT, page-to-page navigation on your WordPress site.

11:19

Learn how to keep your WordPress site's cache perpetually fresh so that no one ever hits a stale or uncached page on your WordPress website.

15:56

Learn how to leverage domain sharding for quicker serving of your WordPress site's static assets, like images and videos.

Section 10 Quick Quiz
6 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 11

Section 11: 'Edge' Optimization: Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)
04:02

Prefatory Remarks About 'Edge' Optimization & Content Delivery Networks with an introduction to CloudFlare.

04:27

How to install CloudFlare.

15:58

Ideally configuring CloudFlare's "Settings" tabs.

11:47

How to make the most out of CloudFlare's "Page Rules" feature to maximize the speed of your WordPress site.

Section 11 Quick Quiz
4 questions
Article

Notes, Links, Supplemental Materials & Whatnot Addendum for Section 12

Section 12: Bonus: Server Optimizations
7 pages

(Fairly) easy server tweaks. WARNING: It is highly recommended that you have SOME manner of experience with moving about in your server before trying these.

Section 13: Speed. You Got Some!
02:49

It's Been Real, Yo: Closing Remarks.

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Instructor Biography

AJ McKay, Managing Partner of WpFASTER

AJ McKay is an Internet Entrepreneur, CEO of The Philosopher: Online Publishing & Investments; and, Managing Partner of WpFASTER: an Internet-based consortium of WordPress professionals from all over the world, most of whom, including AJ, have been using WordPress since its inception.

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