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Caching & Performance

Make your WordPress site sizzle with performance optimizations like caching and more.

THE Best WordPress Image Optimizer Plugin

In order to rank well on Google and other search engines, most modern websites are highly refined and optimized, leading...

Cameron Pavey

Aug 16, 2023

WordPress Database Optimization: Adding Indexes to Custom Tables

Database indexing is an often forgotten but valuable practice when managing custom tables. Just like the index of a book,...

Brad Touesnard

May 19, 2022

Turn Your WordPress Site Into a Static Site With Aggressive Nginx Page Caching

Configuring aggressive page caching rules for your WordPress site gives you most of the benefits of a static site without the downsides.

Brad Touesnard

Jan 27, 2022

Is a Load Balancer Overkill in Your WordPress Hosting Setup?

In this article, we’ll cover what load balancing is, some of the benefits and drawbacks along with misconceptions.

Ashley Rich

Oct 08, 2021

Top 3 WordPress Cache Plugins and How to Turbocharge Them with Nginx

Learn how WordPress page caching plugins work, why they perform poorly in Nginx and how to serve cached pages directly from Nginx.

Ashley Rich

Sep 30, 2021

WordPress Caching: All You Need To Know

We go over the two major roles of caching, the various caching layers and some common gotchas you may run into.

Ashley Rich

Mar 09, 2021

Varnish vs Nginx FastCGI Cache: Which is Best for WordPress?

We go over the differences between Varnish and Nginx FastCGI cache, why we chose them and share some benchmarks to show which performs better.

Ashley Rich

Feb 24, 2021

Full Page Caching With Personalized Dynamic Content

We use Easy Digital Downloads to build a fictitious online store and configure page caching to improve load times.

Ashley Rich

Jan 02, 2018

Microcaching WordPress in Nginx to Improve Server Requests by 2,400%

In this article, we demonstrate how to configure WordPress and bbPress with microcaching in Nginx.

Ashley Rich

Apr 25, 2017

Performance Best Practices in the HTTP/2 Era

We cover what’s new in HTTP/2, some best practices and what you’ll need to change from HTTP/1.1.

Ashley Rich

Jan 17, 2017

A CDN Isn’t a Silver Bullet for Performance

We explain the major steps to optimizing your site for speed and explain when it’s appropriate to implement a CDN.

Ashley Rich

Aug 09, 2016

Deploying WordPress

Everything you need to know to set up the perfect site deployment system.

Scaling a WordPress Hosting Setup to Multiple Servers

For high traffic WordPress sites that have a lot of dynamic pages that can't be cached, scaling your hosting setup to multiple servers may be necessary.

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Other Resources

Topics related to servers and WordPress we felt the urge to write about.

How to Set Up MySQL Incremental Backups

Learn how to combine incremental backups with full database backups and recover from failures quickly and thoroughly.

Brad Touesnard

Jul 13, 2023

How to Install Ansible and Automate Your Ubuntu 22.04 Server Setup

We break down why you might want to use Ansible as your automation engine, how to install it and get it set up.

Brad Touesnard

Apr 24, 2023

Using Laravel Valet to Set Up Local WordPress Dev in Minutes

Laravel Valet’s minimalist approach makes it a great choice for local WordPress development. In this tutorial, I’ll cover what Valet...

Brad Touesnard

Mar 07, 2023

Drill Down into Disk Space Usage to Free Up Space on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS with the du Command

Arm yourself with command line knowledge to hunt down disk space hogs, on either desktop or server.

Brad Touesnard

May 11, 2022

What Are WAFs? A Detailed Look at Web Application Firewalls

How WAFs work, the types of threats they protect against, the pros and cons of various kinds of WAFs, and whether you should consider installing one.

James Clark

Mar 17, 2022

Headless WordPress: How to Set Up and Deploy a Gatsby Site

Did you know that Gatsby can pull in content from many different sources, including your WordPress site? Learn what Gatsby is, how to set it up, and how to deploy.

Brad Touesnard

Oct 07, 2021

7 Reasons to Host WordPress Yourself

Why host WordPress yourself? Understand the options and benefits so you can decide whether it's right for you.

Brad Touesnard

Mar 10, 2021

DigitalOcean vs AWS vs Google Cloud vs Akamai (formerly Linode) vs Vultr: Which is Best for Hosting WordPress?

We’ll compare ease of use and benchmark performance for three of the most popular server providers.

Ashley Rich

Nov 17, 2020

Automation for the Laziest WordPress Developer: Git Hooks Examples

Guest author Curtis McHale discusses what git hooks do and how they work as well as getting your first git hook set up.

Curtis McHale

Dec 17, 2019

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