Site cloning allows you to quickly create a complete copy of an existing site on SpinupWP, which includes all files, the database, and server configuration (Nginx and PHP-FPM). Cloning is useful for creating staging sites and for quickly testing server configuration changes. For example, you could test upgrading your site to a newer version of…

What is Load Balancing? Before discussing whether a load balancer is needed, we should ensure that we’re all on the same page when it comes to understanding the function of a load balancer. In its most basic form, a load balancer is a server that distributes network traffic to a series of backend servers. It…

We often get asked which server provider we recommend customers use for hosting WordPress in conjunction with SpinupWP. While this is by no means an exhaustive list of server providers (because there are hundreds), I’m going to cover three of the most popular: DigitalOcean, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. Although comparing DigitalOcean to…

WordPress Caching: All You Need To Know

Published July 16, 2019

Over the last few years of supporting our products at Delicious Brains (notably WP Offload Media and most recently, SpinupWP), one thing has become clear: Caching in WordPress is often misunderstood (and sites run slower than they should as a result). In this post, I hope to demystify some of those misconceptions and provide a…

Anyone who’s trying to improve the performance of their WordPress site eventually turns to caching. There are a ton of WordPress page caching plugins available, but limiting yourself to cache plugins alone means leaving significant performance improvements on the table. If you’ve been reading the Delicious Brains blog for any amount of time, you’ll likely…

This is article 12 of 12 in the series “Hosting WordPress Yourself” In part 11 of Hosting WordPress Yourself I demonstrated how to update a server’s packages (including PHP). However, I didn’t show how to upgrade the server itself, because it’s not something I recommend. Personally, I don’t ever upgrade a server’s operating system (OS)……

This is article 11 of 12 in the series “Hosting WordPress Yourself” So you’ve followed our in-depth guide and built yourself a shiny new server that’s secure and tuned for optimal WordPress performance, but what’s next? In this installment of Hosting WordPress Yourself, I’m going to outline a few tasks that should be carried out…

Welcome to the live blog of our Hosting WordPress yourself live Q&A event. The live event has ended. You can see the questions and answers from the event embedded below. If you want to see the full conversation, look up the #HostWPYourself hashtag on Twitter. Missed the event but still have a question? Ask us…

Hosting WordPress Yourself 2018 Update

Published June 12, 2018

This is article 10 of 12 in the series “Hosting WordPress Yourself” I originally started writing Hosting WordPress Yourself back in February 2015, which makes this series over three years old! During that time a lot has changed, which is why I updated the series just over 12 months ago, to keep the content relevant….

Back in 2016 Brad compared Varnish and Nginx FastCGI Caching to see which would come out on top. Back then Nginx FastCGI Caching was superior in performance, but has anything changed in the last two years? That’s what we’re here to find out! This time round I’m also going to benchmark WordPress without any cache…

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