Why is my WordPress website slow? It might be your host.

One of the most common requests that I receive here at Maneo is troubleshooting a slow WordPress website. Addressing this issue is often troublesome because there can be many reasons for poor WordPress performance. Too many plugins, too many large images, and poorly designed WordPress themes are just a few of the potential causes. Usually, I will recommend: Reducing the size of header, background, and gallery images in your WordPress installation. Compressing CSS, JS, and text using GZIP (I have… Read More

When You Can’t Switch Between Text and Visual Editors on WP

So I just had this issue today on one of my own websites. The editor in my WordPress pages and posts was stuck on visual. I was unable to switch back and forth between the text and visual editors. I also noticed that all of the text in my pages were in the color white which was very strange. So what did I do first? I panicked of course! Just kidding. Having fixed this issue on many WordPress websites, I… Read More

The Importance of WordPress Backups

It always surprises me how few of my clients are backing up their websites. WordPress backups are so important, not only because websites are hacked all the time, but also because websites can break during routine updates or theme modifications. It is always good to have a one-touch restore option that will bring your website back from the dead. Before I start working on a client’s website, I almost always install a free plugin called Updraft Plus which allows me to… Read More

WordPress WP Ecommerce vs. WooCommerce

I have been working on a website this week that makes use of the WP Ecommerce plugin. When I first started on this website, it was extremely slow which was why I was asked to investigate. After deactivating the plugins one-by-one, I discovered that the WP Ecommerce plugin was the culprit. The website contains more than 1400 products,hundreds of variations, and almost 100 categories. I ran some diagnostics  and discovered that the site is producing some very slow MySQL queries, some of… Read More