I got a bit side tracked the whole week trying to speed up my website, so there’s actually nothing I did with regards to learning how to create a WordPress plugin, aside from browsing some resources and window shopping for some trainings in Udemy. Ever since I got that 17/100 score in Google PageSpeed Insights, I became obsessed with improving the speed of my site. It actually led me to migrate my website to SiteGround and up to now, I am still doing some minor troubleshooting, but in general, I can still say that I’m satisfied with my new hosting’s performance since it really improved my page load speed based on several Pingdom page load speed test results, plus their customer support is topnotch. I will actually make a review about SiteGround, and will also share with you my experience from the time I inquired to their presale department up to the time when I upgraded to their GoGeek plan.
Anyway, back to my journey, although I haven’t done much about it the whole week, I actually have thought of some plugins that I would like to make, and the first of which is a social sharing plugin. There is actually a nice tutorial I saw at Sitepoint and I’m going to use it as a guide, and hopefully will be able to finish it within this week so that I will be able to replace my current social sharing plugin. What I’m actually using right now is the Mashsharer plugin, and though I like this plugin, especially its appearance, the free version is a bit limited in terms of the social sharing feature and you have to upgrade to the paid version so that the other social sharing buttons will become available. Anyway, I will not be doing anything complex things aside from adding more social sharing buttons because as what you currently see on my posts, only Facebook and Twitter and the subscribe button are available.
Anyway, I guess that’s all for now as I am still a bit busy tweaking my website for more speed, though I will focus on the plugin development once the dust has settled already, but for now, I’m still trying to test the features of my new server. I think speeding up my website has actually helped me in terms of ranking in Google, considering that my site is still a bit new but I have already been ranking for some keywords in the first page of Google since I started optimizing my page load speed, anyway, I still don’t know because I guess it’s still a bit early to tell and what I can do for the mean time is to continue to monitor my website’s ranking performance and will let you know the updates soon.
On another note, I can’t wait to create my first WordPress plugin!
See you again next week.