High Performance WordPress – Part 5 – Varnish Cache

03 March 2012 comment icon16 | Categories: performance, wordpress

Boom! At long last the eagerly awaited Part 5 of our High Performance WordPress series sees the light of day!
For those who have not been following along, a quick primer on the other parts in the series:

Part 1 – VPS Setup
Part 2 – nginx/mysql setup
Part 3 – WordPress setup & tuning on nginx
Part 4 – APC Opcode Cache install and configuration

First off  I must apologise to those who have been waiting a couple of months for Part 5 to be published. I’ve been exceptionally busy these past few months building themes and only got around to finishing this part in the past 2 weeks. Better late than never I hope!
I’ve also spent the past week …

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High Performance WordPress Part 3

02 November 2011 comment icon32 | Categories: featured, performance

Hey folks I’m back with Part Three of the High Performance WordPress guide. If you’ve not done so already, be sure to check out Parts One and Part Two which will take you from a position of having no server to a fully configured VPS machine running the kickass nginx web server and mysql – or a LEMP environment as those in the know like to call it.
Today, we’ll proceed with setting up WordPress on our shiny new VPS server.
Create an nginx Virtual Host
First things first, let’s smarten up our nginx configuration to make things play nice with WordPress. I’ve learned to love nginx conf files. In the beginning it was a bit different from …

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Configuring nginx, php5-fpm and user permissions

15 May 2011 comment icon31 | Categories: performance

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” Gandhi*

*(and anyone who has ever used Linux)

I recently moved the blog over to a pretty cool new server config, the same kind that some of the really big boys like Mashable, WordPress.com, WPengine and PHPFog use. What started off as a simple exercise to tune up my existing hosting environment to cope with the increased traffic we’re getting lately turned into a full month long exploration of how to tune the hell out of a VPS for optimal performance for extremely high load and in particular extremely high load with WordPress. (Sidenote: I find it hard not to fall down the rabbit hole once I start digging into …

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