January 23, 2016 We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to give you a prompt, efficient and excellent service. While it hasn’t been updated in a while, it has been tested and still works for the latest version of WordPress (4.2.2), excluding some small formatting issues. Note: If you make any changes to your WordPress plugins, the W3 Total Cache plugin may ask you to Empty the Cache. After testing and playing around with many similar plugins, we’ve found that the combination of W3 Total Cache and WP Smush provide the most effective and simplest way to improve the performance of your WordPress website. Though this plugin has been discontinued by Yahoo, WPMU DEV has picked it up and it is currently functional with the latest version of WordPress. Typically, WordPress will disable a plugin if it encounters an error, but if you still can’t access your admin, delete the suspect plugin from your plugin folder via FTP. The plugin provides the same functionality as it did previously and works with the current version of WordPress at the time of this post (WP: 4.2.2). GTmetrix was developed by as a tool for our managed hosting customers to easily determine the performance of their sites. It’s sometimes the case that W3TC isn’t compatible with a WordPress install for a variety of reasons (plugin conflicts, server configuration issues, etc.). Alternatively, one can try WP Super Cache as a replacement caching plugin. You might be thinking that you already know just how popular WordPress really is. Think again, because these 14 WordPress usage statistics may well give you pause for thought. That’s just WordPress”, not WordPress help” or WordPress plugins” or anything of the sort. When you consider that there are is an enormous amount of alternative content manage systems available, this statistic speaks volumes about wordpress popularity. The New York Times, CNN, Mashable, and eBay all run their blogs on the most popular CMS in the world – WordPress. Around 50% of this figure (close to 37 million) is hosted on the free In the realm of self-hosted sites, WordPress accounts for 18.9% of all websites. When you count the searches of all keywords with WordPress or WP (a common abbreviation for WordPress) in them, the monthly figure is a whopping 37 million searches. Assuming that this figure remains constant, WordPress will get 444 million searches in 2014. If English isn’t your first language and you would rather have Croatian, Dutch, Estonian, French or Finnish (see full list of WordPress translations ) governing your dashboard, you’re in luck. The WordPress team is actively updating their list with new language translations all the time. Every second, close to 6 (the actual figure is 5.7) new posts are published on blogs. Not only is the world’s most popular self-hosted CMS solution, but the free version is also second in popularity on the list of free blogging platforms, with Google’s own Blogger topping it. A 2012 survey revealed that the average rate for a WordPress project clocks in at $50/hr. In its eleven short years of its existence, WordPress had dominated the CMS market. ODesk, one of the most popular outsourcing sites in the world, lists WordPress development as the fifth most-requested skill. WordPress development is clearly a valuable skill to learn — one that can definitely pay off in the future. Without doubt, the number one feature that sets WordPress apart from any other CMS is their plugins. On the contrary, ‘s database of plugins has recently hit 29K and a new one is added nearly every hour. Plugins extend and capitalize on the functionality of WordPress — removing access to them would cripple WordPress users (and that’s one of the reasons why falls second to Blogger). The free platform that supports self-hosted websites has been downloaded 46 million times up till July of 2013, which approximates to 100 downloads every day since 2003. You might not have downloaded WordPress and uploaded it to your FTP manager yourself, but when you installed it using Fantastico or the much loved 1-Click, it was counted as a download.