After being somewhat inspired by the latest blog post by @kev (, I wrote a very basic guide for setting up a cheap, performance-focused WordPress blog:

@uglyduck interesting, i tried to install WP Rocket on my EasyWP site earlier today and it complained saying “you dont meed this because EasyWP is already caching” did you not have that issue?

@kev Didn't try WP Rocket - but I think I have seen that previously on a client site in the past. I don't think EasyWP let's you use 3rd party caching options - instead relies on it's own?

@uglyduck but Jetpack boost is caching? Or does it just optimise?

@kev Yeah I think Boost just optimizing - no caching

@uglyduck yup. just installed it on my EasyWP site.

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@uglyduck also, how did you get a Let’s Encrypt cert on EasyWP? I just bought one from NameCheap (was like $10).

What is this witchcraft??

@kev Now to be fair, I had an SSL cert through Namecheap *already* - but I should really write up a post how to do the same with Let's Encrypt

@uglyduck yeah you should! I didn't know it would be possible unless you have certbot running on the server.

@uglyduck worhout certbot that would be a right pain - id rather pay the $10/y 😂

@kev 100% agreed. Every 90 days running through that is not a good money/time ratio

@uglyduck @kev Why did you choose to switch to WordPress instead of using a static site generator and host? I had a cheap cpanel host with WordPress and it made things more confusing for no reason.
I switched to a static site on the cpanel host before I used github pages and it was much better.

@jason123santa @kev Just the ease of use really. Having a whole build system seemed overkill for my personal blog. The flexibility of logging into any machine and being able to write is nice.

@uglyduck @jason123santa plus, contrary to what some people say, Gutenberg is glorious to write with IMO.

@uglyduck @kev I think having a whole database and a login just to change my website (in edition to a login to the webhost) is overkill for my website. I was paying about $18 a year for my static site on some cpanel host and I did not have anything that required me to pay for hosting. Switched to github pages and everything is automatically setup to be secure so I don't have to administrate my website only upload my files and have github do all the work to make it work.

@jason123santa @kev I had this same mentality not too long ago when I originally switched from WP to Jekyll. I found at the end of the day, I never really think about or have to deal with the database etc. It just “exists”

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