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January’s Meetup

January 11, 2018 @ 19:00 - 21:00


This month it’s was all about speeding up your WordPress website. We have talks from the following WP Experts:

Mark Hickman & Adam Tachauer-Yates

Mark from Affinity Hosting:

Owner 4 rescue dogs, WordPress Developer, Hosting Engineer.

After a colossal website failure in 2008, have learnt php, css and html, built a load balanced, auto Scaling WordPress Platform currently hosting more than 4000 websites, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Google Places” and “101 ways to speed up your WordPress website”.

Topics will be speeding up your website with image optimisation, what hosting has to do with speed and Speed testing your WordPress Website.

Marks notes from the talk can be found at https://www.affinity.hosting/wptw

Adam from RocketWP:

“… has been in the IT industry for more than 25 years. Fist got into WordPress as I got annoyed having to pay a developer whenever I wanted the most minor of changes. I soon realised that running WordPress requires regular maintenance like any other IT system. The hosting companies I had used where just not that great at doing this, the more I looked at other sites the more I realised that sites where not up to date and vulnerable to all sorts of threats, I also found that site were only being optimised for SEO and not for speed. So I setup RocketWP – we don’t design, develop or build websites, we don’t do email we just want to make sites run as fast as they possible can.”


  • Fast DNS
  • Good host
  • PHP versions
  • HTTP/2
  • Gzip
  • Importance of keeping everything up to date
  • Use of quality themes / frameworks
  • Optimising images
  • Caching
  • CDN

Adam’s presentation:


January 11, 2018
19:00 - 21:00


Dominic Johnson


The House
The 29/31 Monson Road
Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1LS United Kingdom
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