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  1. #1
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    Is BlueHost Site Optimization worth it?

    Hey

    I am facing some slowness issues with my website so BlueHost offered me Site Optimization for 50$ but I wanna know ur opinions as users do you think it is worth it or it won't do much for my website?

    And they said they will optimize my images, so will the optimize only the images in the website so any images will be added later won't be optimized or what?

    Thanks

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    No to be honest, why would you use a bad name EIG business. You're better off using CDN and cloudflare if you want optimization, have a look at http://gtmetrix.com/ to speed your site up.

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    Did they explain how they're going to be optimizing your site's images? $50 seems like a rip off, use free service like Cloudflare to help cache and serve your static content on a CDN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneZSolutions View Post
    Did they explain how they're going to be optimizing your site's images? $50 seems like a rip off, use free service like Cloudflare to help cache and serve your static content on a CDN.
    Yea this was their reply
    When optimizing a website w check and/or change the following, when possible:
    PHP Version - We upgrade to version 5.4 whenever possible (5.4 is inherently faster than 5.3)
    Enable CloudFlare - CloudFlare can greatly boost performance. However, if a website is using a secure connection (https via an SSL Certificate) then we cannot enable CloudFlare for free. You would be given the option to purchase CloudFlare Platinum for $14.99/month per domain if you plan on using an SSL with your website.

    Basic Malware Check - We perform a simple malware check. We check for malware because it often consumes resources and contributes to performance problems. If malware is found then you will be referred to our Site Doctor service.

    Test Active Plugin Performance - We'll determine how much load time plugins are adding to the site and attempt to troubleshoot or provide alternative solutions to extremely poorly performing plugins.

    Install and Configure a Caching Plugin - We'll install a caching plugin (something like W3 Total Cache) and configure it for optimal performance.

    Enabling Browser Caching - We'll adjust caching plugin settings or directly add code to the .htaccess file to cache certain image and file types in the visitor's browser.

    Upgrade Software - We'll update software to the most recent, stable versions available in Mojo Marketplace. We reserve the right to not upgrade any software that we determine may conflict with an active theme, plugin or module.

    Optimize Images - We'll optimize images, if necessary.

    We will also check processes and MySQL slow queries and any other performance problems.
    We will not edit or optimize databases extensively.

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    Are you using their Shared hosting or VPS??
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    So basically, with the exception of PHP upgrades, they enable cloudflare and a few plugins...for $50..??

    to be honest, you can do better by reading and learning and/or having a seasoned developer look over your site. Most recommendations in this forum would be better..
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    use cloudflare optimization is good services contrat plan Pro to $20

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravi_9793 View Post
    Are you using their Shared hosting or VPS??
    Shared hosting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isa Al View Post
    Shared hosting
    Then you can do most things by yourself.
    1) PHP version can be selected from your cpanel.

    2) You can enable cloudflare by yourself.
    https://www.cloudflare.com/sign-up

    3) Basic Malware Check: Your cpanel must be having an antivirus. You can scan your website from cpanel.

    4) Install and Configure a Caching Plugin: You can your self install w3cache plugin. And its very easy to configure.

    5) You can yourself update wordpress, themes and plugins.

    I don't think it is worth $50 for one time job.
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    Well for all of that work the price is not bad.
    But what is of interest is that they upgrade your plugins, the ones at MOJO. You dont necessarily have an update subscription to your plugins, sometimes they sell software without updates (there), so basically (since they have like a partnership with MOJO) they will upgrade it for you, without you having to pay for the updates at MOJO.

    If you do have themes and plugins from there, then the price is basically nothing.

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    Ultimately, it depends on you. Are you the kind of person who likes to cut your own grass, clean your own windows, etc? Or do you prefer to stay "hands off" and just hire someone to do those things?

    This is the same situation.

    If you are a technically adept person, and you don't mind getting your "hands dirty", then you can do all those suggestions they gave you yourself. Most of them are free.

    However, if you're non-technical and prefer to just hand over $50 to someone else... then yes, I don't think it's too bad of a deal. It depends on what are your expectations of the results, though. Nothing on the list is going to make your website load 500x faster than it does right now.

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    It depends on how technical person you are.If you think you can do those yourself.you should not pay at all.Also those works are not any hard.You can google easily the steps if you get stuck anywhere

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    I would recommend changing host. From what ive seen the addons with blue host are a rip off. Blue host was good untill they got bought out by EIG.

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    If your website is slow because of images, CDN will help you. Also, if you are using WordPress, you can use additional cache plugin. That will also help you to load the website faster.
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    You are wasting your valuable money, as you are using the wordpress website than do the following steps.

    1st) Ask your hosting provider to enable the mod_deflate and mod_expire module
    2nd) Remove the unwanted wordpress plugins.
    3rd) Take the backup for the wordpress website and upgrade the wordpres, themes and plugins to latest stable version.
    4th) Enable the wp-smushit and wp-super-cache.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YagHost-Ravi View Post
    I don't think it is worth $50 for one time job.
    Whether $50 is 'worth' spending on having a task done depends entirely on what the OPs time is worth, skillset is, website revenue over time equates to etc.

    On the other hand, whether the proposed 'solution' will have a positive or negative impact is debatable.
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    Thanks that was great and very easily to do


    Quote Originally Posted by YagHost-Ravi View Post
    Then you can do most things by yourself.
    1) PHP version can be selected from your cpanel.

    2) You can enable cloudflare by yourself.
    https://www.cloudflare.com/sign-up

    3) Basic Malware Check: Your cpanel must be having an antivirus. You can scan your website from cpanel.

    4) Install and Configure a Caching Plugin: You can your self install w3cache plugin. And its very easy to configure.

    5) You can yourself update wordpress, themes and plugins.

    I don't think it is worth $50 for one time job.
    New learner, and interested to know about Hosting and Web Design. So help me out.

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    Optimizing to most customers means for SEO purposes, they are referring to site speed if they are talking about images. There are a lot of customers who put huge images out there and only need images no bigger than 800x600. Optimization for smaller websites can have almost no affect. So buyer beware.
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