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Page Load Time

Page Speed Optimization

What is page speed? Page speed is a measurement of how fast the content on your page loads.

Page speed is often confused with site speed, which is actually the page speed for a sample of page views on a site. Page speed can be easily described in either "page load time" which is the time it takes to fully display the content on a specific page or "time to first byte" which is how long it takes for your browser to receive the first byte of information from the webserver.
User Experience

SEO Best Practices

Google has indicated that site speed and as a result, page speed is one of the signals used by its algorithm to rank pages. Research has shown that Google might be specifically measuring time to first byte as when it considers page speed. In addition, a slow page speed means that search engines can crawl fewer pages using their allocated crawl budget and this could potentiall have a negatively affect your site indexing.

Page speed is also important to user experience. Pages with a longer load time tend to have higher bounce rates and lower average time on page. Longer load times have also been shown to negatively affect conversions.

Optimize Images

We utilize lossless compression to ensure your images are optimized without sacrificing quality. Any images images that are added in the future will automatically be compressed.

Remove Query Strings

URLs that contain “?” are not cached by some proxy caching servers or CDNS. This might translate to a missed chance for increased speeds, so we will make sure they are optimized.

Minify Javascript and CSS

We concentrate all scripts and styles, minify and compress them, add expiring headers, cache your website and move styles to the page head and scripts to the footer.

Optimize Mobile Experience

We ensure your website shows a responsive mobile version for every kind of browser and window resolution, uses correct fonts and has a good navigation system across all devices.

Render-Blocking Resources

We move JavaScript/CSS files, Font Awesome and Google Fonts code where they won’t affect the loading time of visual elements for your visitors.

Combine Requests

We reduce the amount of requests your website calls out for by combine all your CSS and JS and moving what we can to the footer. The result is drastically lower load times.

Leverage Browser Caching

We set up a regularly-updated saved version of your website. When people visit your site, they’re showed a faster-loading cached version instead of having to load the entire website.

Lazy Loading Images

Lazy loading for iframes and images across your site decreases load time and saves bandwidth. We make sure not to use external JS libraries to keep the call outs to a minimum.

Combine Requests

We reduce the amount of requests your website calls out for by combine all your CSS and JS and moving what we can to the footer. The result is drastically lower load times.

Enable Compression

We enable Gzip compression from your server or from where your assets are being delivered. This means lower loading times and an overall faster website.

Inline Critical CSS

CSS is technically only supposed to be declared in the header, so we inline the most important CSS and load what’s not absolutely necessary after it has rendered the page.

CDN Support

A Content Delivery Network copies your website to servers around the world and delivers it to users from the server closest to their geographical location.

Included in RB Premium Subscription

Wp-Rocket works on anything from a simple blog to eCommerce stores and will increase your page load speeds! Wp-Rocket is simply the best caching plugin available for optimizing speed and performance for your WordPress website. Everything from caching to DNS prefetching, it’s all included!

Included in RB Premium Subscription

WP Smush Pro is one of WPMUDEV’s Premium plugins! Smush unlimited images with the push of a button! Optimization of images up to 32MB, 2X compression, original images backed up and blazing fast 45 point image CDN! If you’re looking to compress images and speed up your site in the process, WP Smush Pro is exactly what you have been looking for!


You've got questions. We've got answers.

WordPress speed optimization questions

There are many choices for WordPress maintenance and support available, why choose Ranked Brain?
  • We offer 24/7/365 support. Because RB Premium Maintenance & Support was built with a follow the sun model we have staff around the globe. If the sun is up, so are we!
  • We include freemium plugins. Every WordPress website on our RB Protection or RB Performance subscriptions are able to leverage iThemes Security Pro (a $297 value)WP Smush Pro (a $600 value) and WP Rocket (a $199 value). Consider the value of these products and we include them at no additional cost.
  • We let our reviews speak for themselves. Our highest priority is and will always be customer satisfaction. You can find us on GoogleBirdEyeFacebookTrustpilot, and the BBB. We make it our mission to build relationships.
  • We extend our services with our white-label partnership program. Ranked Brain partners with designers, agencies, marketing firms and freelancers by extending our services with a simple yet effective white-label solution. If you have clients or customers that need ongoing WordPress website updates, performance enhancements, additional security or any kind of regular support, we’ll work behind the scenes as your technical partner.
How do I get my RB login credentials?

We will send you an email to validate the email address that you supplied during checkout and you can reset your password. If you require assistance, you can use our live chat feature for immediate assistance or email us at support@rankedbrain.com and we will send you a password reset email.

How do I send you login credentials for my WordPress site?

Once you have received your credentials to access our secure Support Portal we will engage you in order to have them securely exchanged.


Do you have documentation that will help me get started with my plan?

Absolutely, we will send you a series of introductory emails detailing how to engage our team. We refer to this as our “must gather” details, it ensures that we 100% understand your request and nothing gets missed.

What does unlimited edits mean?

Great question!

Does Include:  Edits to existing content on any page, changing out banners, updating headers or footers, changing/updating your plugin settings, CSS adjustments, blog content or context edits, adding a updated landing page, formatting landing pages, updating images or text, adding coupon codes or shopping carts.

Does Not Include:  Custom development work (PHP, plugins, themes, etc), updating any custom code, graphics design, creating content or building a new website or adding subdomains.


Included:  Upload blog content that you created with attached images that have been sent and format for WordPress with instructions.

Not included: Create a blog post, find images and upload to WordPress with no instructions.

Included: Add a new product to your eCommerce store (for which you’ve provided all needed content,images, and pricing).

Not included: Create a custom checkout process for your eCommerce store.

Included: Install and set up a plugin to use it’s built-in functionality.

Not included: Create new functionality that in not available with a plugin. (This would require custom development which would be considered a project.)

Included: Take the text that you sent to us and use it to update the existing content on the About Us page.

Not included: Create content for or design your About US page.

We do offer custom development work and and build customized solutions, so we would be happy to work with you on that as well. If that is what you think you need, just shoot us an email or reach out to us on our live chat!

Do you manage websites that use WooCommerce?

Absolutely we do!

WordPress Websites with this type of advanced functionality will need our WordPress Performance Plan, same with membership sites, multi-language sites, WordPress sites with online payments, etc. They require additional resources to be managed correctly, so making sure that you’re on the right plan will enable us to dedicate what’s needed to keep your WordPress website secure, optimized for speed, and running smoothly.

Does it matter what hosting provider I'm using?

We work with WordPress websites regardless of where they are hosted.

We know and understand that WordPress websites have varying needs and there are other factors involved. Although, if you are utilizing a shared hosting solution, we may not be able to achieve your speed and security goals. If you’d like to discuss a hosting change or upgrade, we have options available to all of our clients.

How does onboarding work and what can I expect?

Once you sign up for the Premium Maintenance & Support plan that meets your needs and the requirements of your WordPress website, you will receive a welcome and introduction email that outlines how to access our Support Portal. Once you have logged into our Support Portal, we will give you a warm welcome and get everything started. We suggest an admin account specifically created for our team for auditing purposes, if you would like our suggestion let us know and we’d be happy to help you get one created.

Once you have sent the required login credentials for your WordPress website dashboard and your hosting provider, we’ll have your plan up and going in 24-48 hours. This includes our extensive checklist to ensure your WordPress website is freshly backed up and optimized.

Your load speed optimization will likely take a week, due to the fact that we have to evaluate and optimize your unique WP core files, plugins, and theme. We pride ourselves in quality, so we take our time and make sure every little detail is checked twice. During the on boarding process your website will be backed up hourly.

As we are working through our on boarding tasks we will be in constant communication with you, keeping you updated regarding our work as it happens. We even offer transparent communication via our Slack channel with your on boarding specialist for instant updates.

What if I have more than one WordPress website that I want to be managed?

Our Premium Maintenance & Support plans each cover a single WordPress website. If you have multiple sites or you have subdomains of a website (e.g. rankedbrain.com and affiliates.rankedbrain.com) they will be treated as separate sites. If you have more than one WordPress website that you’d like us to manage, you will need a plan for each. Depending on the needs for the websites, you may choose a different plan for each website.

Do you offer live phone support with any of your plans?

While we don’t offer phone support as a part of our premium plans, customer service is our #1 priority and we believe that you’ll find our email and live chat support effective, fast, and stress free! If you would like to inquire about phone support as an optional add-on please make your on boarding specialist aware.


What our customers are saying

We are passionate about our clients and our community.

The RB team helped get the Marine Corps League and local Kansas City Toys for Tots campaign set up with social accounts and the tools to manage them. Their support was invaluable and speaks not just to their abilities, but also to their generosity in their community.
Matt Walje
Amazing service coupled with an extraordinary depth of knowledge in the industry. I highly recommend Ranked Brain.
David Thompson

Other Services

Performance Optimization

Our engineers will help you achieve load times under 2 seconds. We also include premium caching and image compression as a part of our plans.

WordPress Website Edits

We put no limits on website edits when you sign up for a monthly premium support plan. We give you the ability to request edits whenever you need them, no waiting until next month or paying additional fees for your edits.

Premium WordPress Support

We offer premium support for WP websites with advanced functionality such as eCommerce, membership, multilingual, or highly customized configurations.

Fully Managed Security

We take every step to ensure that your WP website is locked down and as secured as possible, we do this by implementing our proven advanced security protocols.

WordPress Core & DB Backups

We perform multiple WordPress website backups on our secure Amazon S3 servers (rest easy with our 1-click restore functionality).

Freemium Plugins

Our plans include advanced premium security, caching, preloading, CDN, Staging, and additional site hardening, just to name a few. We’re always evaluating and adding premium offerings to our plans.

Core Files, Plugins, & Theme Updates

Your WP core files, themes, and plugins are updated weekly and included in our weekly reporting to make sure your Premium WP maintenance services exceed expectations.

24/7 Monitoring & Emergency Support

Your WordPress website is evaluated repeatedly throughout the day for responsiveness. Our support team works 24/7 and we take action if we are alerted due to issues.

Mobile Friendly Optimization

We evaluate every single page and post on your WP website and make sure they pass the industry standard Mobile-Friendly expectations, no matter the browser or device used to visit your site.

Track where your visitors are coming from. Learn which pages your users are landing on, exiting from, and what pages are the most popular.

Business Analytics & Monitoring Platform

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