Posts Tagged ‘cache’

Fast as a CannonBall, in under 5 minutes!

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November 10th, 2011
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Notice anything different about Weblog Tools Collection? The name of the post probably gave it away. This blog is rocking in speed and deliverability! How you ask? Thanks to the fine work of the people over at Cloudflare.com CloudFlare is a free(mium) service that was recommended to me by our own James. He had heard about it in conversations with some folks over dinner and wanted us to try it out. While this blog has gotten loaded over the years with JavaScript from various sources and code cruft of years, it has also gotten quite slow as a result. It is not the server (though Spam storms never help) and MySql running on the same server does not help. I had added caching thanks to WP Super Cache and had tweaked most of the settings to be tolerable on the server. I had even tried a CDN at one point […]

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How many Queries are too many?

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July 12th, 2008
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Blogging, General, WordPress

I have been asked this question quite a few times and I never have a perfect answer. It is obviously an important question to ask but it can be answered in many different ways based on preferences, need for plugins, optimization techniques used and a variety of other factors. Weblog Tools Collection uses a lot of plugins and is very query heavy but the in spite of that, the front page uses 59 queries to generate itself. I think the default (on a vanilla WordPress install on the default theme) is 27 or something of that nature. The larger the number of queries, the slower the page is going to load and the more load you are going to put on your MySql server. All of the above is true if you do not use inline or regenerative caching mechanisms. The caveat on this blog is that its plugins and […]

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Andy Skelton Introduces Batcache

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June 22nd, 2008
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WordPress Plugins

So far, there are two excellent performance enhancing caching solutions available for WordPress, WP-Cache and WP-SuperCache. Both do an awesome job of caching posts/pages to help keep your website from falling off the map in the middle of a Digg effect. Now, there is a new entrant in the caching arena called Batcache which was created by Andy Skelton. This plugin is meant to be used in situations where file-based caching is either not practical, or is not desired. According to Andy, development testing showed a 40x reduction in the time it took to generate pages. Pages that were generated in 200ms ended up being served from the cache in only 5ms. Batcache uses Memcached to store and serve rendered pages. It’s not as fast as Donncha’s WP-Super-Cache but it can be used where file-based caching is not practical or not desired. The basic premise of the plugin works similar […]

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