Kevin Pirnie's Wordpress Articles

High Performance Wordpress and Server - Part II - Theme Development

High Performance Wordpress and Server - Part II - Theme Development

In part I, I walked you through my server setup to achieve a 1 second load time for my site.  It is a Wordpress site, with a custom theme I developed. I gandered at the possibility of by-passing Wordpress's front-end engine, however, I found myself needing some of the built-in functionality…

High Performance Wordpress and Server - Part I - Server Setup

I have successfully managed to get around a 1 second load time on my Wordpress site, While getting 250 concurrent users over a 1 minute test period.  (Source: https://webpagetest.org/result/210128_Di26_15d11aa18013d1df9ebc867e1aa9c2f3/) This was done with a combination of items, stemming from the server install up to Wordpress theme development.  Here is how…

Choosing NGINX for growth with Wordpress

Do it Because They Do WordPress.com is the cloud version of WordPress that is hosted and supported by Automattic.WordPress.com serves more than 33 million sites attracting over 339 million people and 3.4 billion pages each month. Since April 2008, WordPress.com has experienced about 4.4 times growth in page views. WordPress.com VIP hosts many popular…

Performance Tweaks for Big Wordpress Sites

Tip #1 We backed up the the wp_posts table and then used a simple MySQL command to remove old post revisions. This decreased the table size from 400MB to 120MB: DELETE FROM `wp_posts` WHERE post_type = 'revision' AND post_date NOT LIKE '2012-%' Long-term solution There are WordPress plugins which can…

Why Responsive Web Design Is So Important

Mobile internet browsing is on the rise people!  As of this posting the number of people browsing the internet from a mobile device is up to 18% vs. a declining 82% browsing from a desktop computer.  These numbers are up 6% since this time last year. ~ http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_vs_desktop-ww-monthly-201209-201309 What does this…