It appears that after my previous presentation on developer tools at the East Bay WordPress Meetup I’ve found myself doing another presentation, this time about how to make WordPress fly. Like a bat out of hell. That, of course is both a BatCache and a MeatLoaf reference. Pick whichever suits you based on your age category. 🙂 This presentation does NOT cover the regular caching plugins but rather on how you can optimize your server (and your code) to make use of a much higher performant level of caching. I will be very quickly covering the levels of caching supported by WordPress itself (the run-time cache, transient cache, object cache, page cache and fragment cache).
I use WordPress. I use it a lot. I use it for most of my personal sites, business sites, I hack around with it and contort things to do what I need them to do. I’m not, however, one of those WordPress fanatics. In fact, you will hear me say a lot of nice things about Drupal, for example, even in public and even when talking to WordPress fans. I believe in using the right tool for the right job and in this case you can consider platforms of choice to be no different from any tool. One way I use WordPress is for something that nobody ever gets to really see (unless you visit my office and I happen to show you how I manage and control things): managing my vast number of systems, laptops, devices, and most of all the growing deployment of virtual machines. I used to keep track of network port diagrams via Microsoft Visio but since I am not using Windows as much these days and also don’t want to go back to keeping ASCII notes or document files I decided to put together a more proprietary and automated way to keep track of IP addresses, services provided systems and VM’s, passwords, installation and deployment notes, hardware notes, driver information, etc. And for that I decided to go with WordPress.
I’m pleased to announced that I’ve recently acquired the domain for arealdeveloper.com. Details on its content and my future plans for that domain will be revealed later. Possibly quite a bit later. I’ve always thought it was a great domain name so you have no idea how happy I am that I’ve now got it. Most of you KNOW that I am NOT a “web developer”. I am, however, setting up a large scale SaaS project that happens to be web-based (what a surprise!). I frequently encounter people who say they are web developers and yet have never heard of basic things like XDebug, Profiling with XHProf, SASS, LESS, versioning, virtualization and local development servers, etc. So what happens when “arealdeveloper” enters the world of web development? You start looking for the right tools, buying the right hardware and software, invest some time in learning how to make best use of them, and before you know it you’re doing a presentation at the Easy Bay WordPress Meetup in Oakland, CA about developer tools. You can download the 69 slide presentation here.
That, dear WorldStream, is what got you knocked off my shortlist. You have shown that you can’t be trusted to host anything, much less the important corporate data and development systems I might have otherwise chosen you to host for me. Needless to say, I am recommending to everyone else not to use this company for any hosting activities because it should be clear that your data and continuation of business might be at risk if a company is this negligent about its responsibilities towards its customers. Oh, and BREIN, thank you for breaking the law and showing yourself as ordinary criminals. If you had not done so I would have potentially picked StreamWorld as my new host.
What good is a website with bazillion of visitors from all over the world when you don’t have something to plug? My soon-to-be mother-in-law and her soon-to-be-husband are avid photographers that have really been busy with taking more pictures and setting up their online portfolio’s. Since it’s no secret that I’m a camera-bag stuffer and serious about my hobby that involves wielding big lenses and heavy gear it may not come as a surprise that I’m plugging Dorataya’s website and Bill’s Art By Camera sites.
I know. I understand. Don’t worry, though! You really did reach the correct web-site. If you’re a new visitor to the site, fine, ignore all of this. If you’re a regular or recurring visitor, then yes, you will notice there’s something a little different. I decided that since hand coding my website style and design in 2006 it was time for an overhaul (wouldn’t you agree if you see all those old websites that look like they still live in the mid 90’s?). Not just the style but the functionality too. I would like to say it was a huge effort but I found it to be a rather smooth and easy experience and I’ve always said, I’m not a web-guy or web-designer of any kind. But I suspect that having done “rocket science stuff” for so long makes everything feel like it’s a lesser complexity
Most of you who have followed my blog for a while will no doubt have noticed it’s starting to fill up with all these idiots, morons, creeps, and other forms of irresponsible companies that have used images of my home office for their marketing or other motives. I’ve been getting a bit tired having all that on my site so instead dedicated a completely new “sister” site to it instead that has gone live today. So I proudly present to you The Home Office Thieves Hall Of Shame.
I just learned that John P. (you know, the founder of HTMLHelp.com and a person instrumental to the early development of HTML and CSS) has received a rather intimidating letter from Adaptive Infinity in which they are threatening John with a legal suit over a comment that someone left on his blog while at the same time showing a different, less threatening face, on John’s blog by leaving the following comments. Clearly using his blog for their own PR and marketing purposes and perhaps as a means to perform some kind of amateurish corporate damage control.
Anyone using dual or multi-monitors knows it isn’t always easy to find nice high resolution background. Often we need to resort to creating our own or altering one we’ve found but isn’t quite ‘it’. The more monitors you add, the higher the resolution of your desktop becomes, the harder it is to find really high res backgrounds that will run seamlessly across your array of screens. If you have found yourself in the same situation then be sure to check out Panedia!
Not a moment too soon! About 3 hours after most of the DNS servers started pointing to the new location a new wave of visitors came along to check out the Home Office Setup. I’ve been monitoring the server for the past 3 hours to see how it holds up. And it holds up just fine! Much better than Dreamhost, where with traffic like this it would render the site almost unreachable, would time out, or would simply crash. The first 3 log parts (per hour) from the server are 21MB, 26MB, and 27MB respectively. A closer look at the performance over the past 3 hours show close to 8000 visitors/sessions and 300.000 hits. And all throughout this the server remained very responsive and behaving perfectly.