This is just a quick update about this website and the server it is run on. For a long time this website has suffered from poor performance owing to a multiple factors which likely deterred many potential visitors. This has now been rectified and going forward this should stay this way and hopefully with the added benefit of more frequent posts.
The improvement in performance mainly came from two key changes, they being an upgrade in the VPS tier and the changes to the theme. For those interested a list of changes is provided below:
- Migrated from PHP 5.6 to 7 + enabled opcache. This change alone provided a massive increase in page load time and responsiveness.
- Added a maintenance page. This is shown during wordpress downtime during updates.
- Updated the theme. A few aspects of the theme have been updated / changed.
- Replaced Google font. Removes the need for external resources to be downloaded / rendered.
- Added an about page.
- Updated scripts.
- Server tier upgrade. This allow some other the other changes possible.