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My always up-to-date list of optimization fakers out there 🙂

1. Tom Dupuis. A SEO guy from Denver

How I Optimized My Slow WordPress Site To Load In .2s With 100% Pingdom + GTmetrix Scores: A Comprehensive List Of 40+ Up-To-Date WordPress Speed Optimization Tips.

“Nice” write-up with some valid thoughts, HOWEVER…:

  • He bases his .2 ms performance by testing from the same location where he hosts his website. Anyone can do this.
  • Has no SSL certificate for his website. SSL is a must these days and it’s a major performance bottleneck. Anyone is fast without it
  • Recommends SiteGround shared hosting (oh no!)
  • He doesn’t really share why his score is better. I will tell you why. It’s mostly entirely for the fact that he’s not using any external domain components (no Google Analytics, no Google Fonts).

Again, anyone can do what he did, but he’s not sharing that he scores better for these simple reasons and gives a ***load of useless recommendations instead of going down and actually explaining how he did it (as per title).

2. Milan P.

  • Sets up clients with yucky overpriced Siteground, just for the sake of.. referral bonus?
  • Configured servers send Vary: Accept-Encoding,Cookie,User-Agent which kills caching for proxy servers

3. MagenX

Here provides incorrect information about:

lol running turpentine varnish cache from day one – it works just perfect – page cached only once. there are no any limitations

This funny guy has been setting up Varnish for Magento 1 and introducing security vulnerability for years. Because that’s the only way to have first visits cached with Varnish and Magento 1 – to disable XSS protection.

  1. SEO Web Designer in Reno

    Thanks for sharing..but it looks like he has cleaned up his act. https://gtmetrix.com/reports/onlinemediamasters.com/1uei2dCB However, i have come across a website that is hosted at OMG Blue Host and does call external fonts and GA stuff, but has a perfect score on GT metrix, not so much on Pingdom. Wondering if there is a way to game or trick the system. BH is a terrible hosting company and not sure how this site has a perfect score using BH. ty so much.

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    • Danila Vershinin

      There is nothing special about it. Tom Dupuis is using a minimalistic theme, and his only plugin is a caching plugin. Anyone can have a fast WP without any plugins. Sample: https://gtmetrix.com/reports/wp.getpagespeed.com/vUjaj1dV (a fresh WP installation with no plugins whatsoever, but it is setup with proper hosting stack – nginx and pagespeed modules and varnish).

      The PageSpeed / GtMetrix tests are all easily fake-able – if someone wanted to showcase perfect score – they can just take a screenshot of their site, and alter configuration in a way that a very simple static page with that image is being presented to those tests.

      GTMetrix and PageSpeed insights is of no use for many other reasons: https://www.getpagespeed.com/monitoring/pagespeed-insights-gtmetrix-incompetent

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