We’ve talked a lot about WordPress performance here at Delicious Brains and the importance of page caching. However, implementing a page cache on highly dynamic sites or sites which display personalized content isn’t always easy. Previously, we’ve covered Microcaching for dynamic content, but that still doesn’t help when personalized content is involved. In this article…

We’ve talked a lot about WordPress performance and hosting WordPress here at Delicious Brains. A common theme amongst those articles is the importance of page caching and how it’s arguably the best way to improve the performance of your WordPress site: …if you’ve opted to self-host or have no alternative but to use shared hosting,…

Hosting WordPress Yourself 2017 Update

Published February 28, 2017

This is article 9 of 12 in the series “Hosting WordPress Yourself” It’s been 2 years since I started writing the Hosting WordPress Yourself series, and in that time a lot has changed! If you had tried following along with the series recently you will probably have noticed that a few of the steps outlined…

WP Offload S3 is fast approaching its one year anniversary and over the last 10 months we’ve significantly improved the product to increase your site’s performance. However, during this time we’ve received numerous support requests from users. They go something like this: I’ve installed WP Offload S3, but my site isn’t any faster! What’s going…

Automating Server Setup with Ansible

Published May 10, 2016

There’s no doubt that building a web server from scratch is a great learning experience, and one that I recommend all WordPress developers undertake. Doing so will give you a greater understanding of the various components required to serve a website, not just the code you write. It can also broaden your knowledge on wider…

Varnish has long been a part of the stack we use here on our site, handling full-page caching, but after some benchmarking it looks like Nginx FastCGI Cache is actually a better choice. If you followed along with Ashley’s Hosting WordPress Yourself series, you’re probably familiar with the stack but here’s a diagram as a…

This is article 8 of 12 in the series “Hosting WordPress Yourself” In the previous post of this series, I covered security enhancements, automatic server updates, WooCommerce caching and automated server tasks. In this final post I will demonstrate a complete Nginx configuration tuned for WordPress powered sites. In addition to amalgamating all information from…

This is article 7 of 12 in the series “Hosting WordPress Yourself” In the last post of this series, I demonstrated how to configure HTTPS and HTTP/2. In this post I’m going to tie up a few loose ends and cover a number of topics that didn’t quite make the cut in previous posts. I’ll…

This is article 6 of 12 in the series “Hosting WordPress Yourself” In the previous installment of this series, I demonstrated how to configure cron, outgoing email and automatic backups. In this post I will show you how to configure HTTPS and HTTP/2. HTTP/2 HTTP/2 is the latest version of the HTTP protocol and can…

This is article 5 of 12 in the series “Hosting WordPress Yourself” In the previous installment of this series, I walked you through the process of setting up server monitoring and caching. In this post I will demonstrate how to configure cron, outgoing email and automatic backups. Cron WordPress has built-in support for scheduled tasks,…

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