Tagged: W3 Total Cache
March 3, 2022 at 12:54 pm #48055Barry CostaGuest
Hi Bold Grid,
I’m a front end designer and have one client who really wants to get better SEO rankings. I’ve been trying different configurations and while some work well I’d really be curious to have an expert help me refine the setup and configuration.
I’m using SiteGrounds Cloud hosting NGIX server setup. Works great no issues happy with the overall setup there. I am considering using the bunny.net CDN and using your plugin. OR if your plugin will play nicely with the SiteGround setup I’m happy to use that.
I’m proficient enough to connect the plugin to the CDN network. I do not know how to SSH into the server to make any changes needed for plugin and NGIX server. I note this because I tried another plugin that could not convert the images to WebP because there were not specific settings added to the NGIX server via SSH access. I am not able to do this as it is way beyond my knowledge scope.
I have tried many of the other settings in plugins, but would like to have someone from your team come in and fine tune the plugin setup within WordPress and the plugin settings.
My biggest question is which service do I need? I see these three as options to help after I purchase the plugin, but based on what I noted above which service would you put this under: 1, 2, or 3?
1. Plugin Configuration – $125
2. CDN Configuration: Full-Site Delivery – $250
3. Hosting Environment Troubleshooting – $200
BarryMarch 3, 2022 at 1:07 pm #48067Marko VasiljevicKeymaster
Thank you for reaching out and I am happy to assist you with this.
What Kind of access do you have for your server? Do you have Cpanel access?
For the CDN, I would strongly recommend considering using Stackpath CDN instead of mentioned bunny CDN.
As for Webp, this depends on the Server Config. W3 Total Cache converts the original images, however, Some NGINX environments are processing static files which may cause webp not to be converted, and also there is a question of whether Imagick supports the webp images.
Please understand that some things can only be changed by the Hosting support as they have full access.
I would recommend purchasing a Performance Audit solution. With this solution, we will configure W3TC for you along with the CDN, and advise which other things that may be out of the W3TC scope need to be done to improve the performance of the website.
Full site delivery is specifically configuring the CDN and managing DNS so that the entire website can be served from the CDN and not just static files.
I hope this helps!
Thanks!March 4, 2022 at 1:38 pm #48070BarryGuest
Thanks for your quick reply, definitely helps!
Answers to your questions:
Yes, I have access to full back end and WordPress sites. I can get you whatever access privileges you need. It’s not cPanel anymore. Siteground uses a newer setup. I don’t know what it’s called. Possibly in-house.
On using Stacked Path … why SP versus Bunny? Just better delivery or speeds? I don’t know the factors for difference enough to compare.
Regarding WebP images … SiteGound has their own plugin Optimize Plugin, but it’s not as much control compared to other caching plugins. It does the majority, and it does have an option to turn on WebP conversion. I’ve tried it, but it didn’t work. I didn’t know if maybe the WebP thing could happen on the CDN side versus within the WP environment. This is me not knowing enough, so apologize if I sound totally lame here Smile
Ok on some things being changed by hosting provider only. I just need to know what to ask first. Much of this with SSH and NGIX I didn’t know about until after the fact of moving a bunch of my sites into this new environment. Overall I’m happy, but this stuff is new to me and I’m learning. Thanks for any patience with me not fully understanding.
Also, want to note that SG has a They also have a MemCache option too, which seems to work well with their own Optimize Plugin. I don’t know if that will effect/hinder or help W3 Total Cache plugin usage.
I have signed up with Stacked Path as I was testing different CDN services, but I was sort of thinking to not to use them because they seem to need “www” instead of the straight url of the domain. I have not made it past changing DNS entries yet. I have asked them how much changing www in URL’s effects current SEO rankings and have not been able to get a straight answer. Do you know if this would offset or effect any URL’s and sites which already have pages in place that are getting lots of traffic. Meaning does switching over to www in URL cause problems for rankings? Or is there a way to use their CDN but not have www in domain name? Images or asset urls don’t matter as much, it just seems so 1990’s to use www in domain name now … I manage about 50 sites right now. I’m open to changing, but need to be able to explain this to my clients the www change if so.
Many thanks for your time today!
BarryMarch 4, 2022 at 2:28 pm #48147Marko VasiljevicKeymaster
Thank you for the feedback.
I would definitely recommend Performance Audit as then I would be able to provide more details after I have the access.
As for your question about Stackpath, yes it’s faster delivery speed and better performance.
You do not need to change anything when it comes to www and Stackpath. This is only for the full site delivery and it does not depend if the website is www or not. So there is nothing to worry about because the CDN URL rewrite will take care of the static files.
Thanks!March 9, 2022 at 12:20 pm #48302Barry CostaGuest
Thanks again for the details. Glad to hear about the “www” not being an issue.
All makes sense. I’ll be in touch with about the audit. Thanks!
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