It’s such a pain to move to a new host. DNS changes. Import/Export of WordPress. Debugging. New security. Redirects. Let’s face it, it’s a huge hassle, so I need to have exhausted all my options.
Despite the fact that I am pissed off at BlueHost for not having a faster server for me, I am trying to make it work. Their suggestion from them was to reduce the number of plugins. I reviewed them all and realized that I could safely remove many of the plugins I had accrued over the years. I used to have 34 plugins and now I have 9.
Here are the ones I kept:
- Akismet – So far doing it’s job
- Jetpack for WordPress.com – really nice plugin
- Webfonts – OpenSans and FingerPaint. I love fonts.
- Feedburner Feedsmith
- Feedburner Widget
- Google Analytics
- WordPress Beta Tester
- Quick Page/Post Redirect
- Twitter friendly links – maybe don’t need it
I got rid of these and more:
- Bad Behavior, Simple TrackBack Validation and WP-NoSpam
- Dean’s Code Highlighter – I don’t put much source code in my posts anymore. The older ones are probably semi-broken now
- Google XML Sitemaps – Google should be able to figure it out
- SEO All-In-One – Google will figure it out
- GZIP Output – It was only saving me 40k
- Script Enabler – Again, this will mess up some older jQuery posts
- jQuery Lightbox plugin – Most of the images I use are small enough to not require the lightbox
- Vipers Video QuickTags – WordPress does this itself now, but I have to find the older posts and fix them
I also moved to a modified version of the WordPress TwnetyTwelve theme. It runs pretty quickly.
I have seen a significant improvement in the performance of the pages. I may add WP SuperCache or Quick Cache to make it even faster. I am hesitant to do this until I understand the current performance. Additionally, I need to find and fix a bunch of older posts.
But, so far, so good.