Back Story: I hired two “reputable” web company’s over the last 3 years to design my website and after $3000 and a small claims court date… i decided to learn web design on my own so i wouldn’t have to hire anyone again if i wanted to change a font color or swap out a picture.
(the court issue was them saying they would take a "web resources page I already had made with about 400 links on it and transfer those to the new website… 4 months into the job they said i only get 10 external links and would need to be charge $10 PER LINK for any extra… even though it was in the contract and corresponding emails… I won)
Anyway… my site is to help people prepare to go into the military.
My site has done really well since i found wordpress and bought a theme from themeforest… but as with anything… I want to do better. My idea now is to basically recreate what i have in my wordpress theme with clean html & css code.
Lately I have been on a “speed tip” …i have tried many things to speed up the site including some wordpress plugins and taking out my big jquery slider on the homepage.
i have been staying up at night trying to learn html and css because i feel wordpress is just slowing me down no matter how much I minify the css, smushit the images or whatever…
My question is… is it really worth my time to learn all of this or is wordpress fine with the few plugins i have (WP Minify, WordPress SEO, W3 Total Cache). It seems like the new SEO plugins are duplicating my page title on some of the inner pages… and this seems like im adding stuff when i should be taking away.
I have been looking into CDN and many other things… am i just over-stressing this thing or what?
Its a real simple layout… just a header, sidebar and footer… should be easy right?
While there are no ads or anything on the site now… I just moved to texas and will open a brick and mortar training center… so the more hits and higher google pagerank will come in handy when i go for that business loan.
There is a vbulletin forum i bought that i have in a separate directory than the wordpress.
I just have this feeling that if i had clean html5 code with clean css3 that with some compression that the site would load quicker and start ranking even more pages higher.
Sorry for this long letter… Im just trying to get professionals opinions on what coarse of action i should take.
the site is www.bootcamp4me.com if you want to see what im working with.
Thanks for any opinions you guys might have for me.