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Hawk Host WordPress Speed Optimization

Black Friday 2019 my SiteGround hosting plan was up for renewal and with this site being a hobby of mine I was not going to renew at the premium prices so I looked around for another web host for my website. After doing some research I chose Hawk Host due to many great reviews and their pricing fit my budget.

When I was hosting at SiteGround I used their SG Optimizer plugin for optimization and with being at a new host I needed to switch to a new optimization setup. Hawk Host uses LiteSpeed so I installed the LiteSpeed Cache plugin. I found that the plugin had many great reviews and an extensive list of optimization options.

LiteSpeed Cache
LiteSpeed Cache
Price: Free

I also enabled Cloudflare which includes Railgun for free due to Hawk Host having a partnership with Cloudflare. More details on this can be found on Cloudflare’s official website.

SpeedSizeRequestsPage SpeedYslow
Pingdom297 ms271.8 KB1887%
Gtmetrix1.01 s252.15 KB1897%97%

Settings I enabled:

  • CSS Minification
  • CSS HTTP/2 Push
  • JS minification
  • JS Combine
  • JS HTTP/2 Push
  • Remove Query Strings
  • Remove WordPress Emoji
  • Optimize Images
  • Optimize WebP images

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