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Take one small step, then another, and another. Next thing you know, you’ll be a level up.

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Caching & Performance

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

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, an index greatly improves the speed of retrieving data from your database tables. It should be the first thing you think about when you create a custom table. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how...

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 in 2021?

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.

The Ultimate Guide to Automated WordPress Deployments

Like any CMS or web application, deploying WordPress can be a complex affair. Missing files during an upload can cause errors, incorrectly migrating the database can cause data loss, and moving a large library of media files can take a long time. In each of these cases, your site may become unusable for your visitors,...

Brad Touesnard

Apr 14, 2022

Advanced WordPress Deployments with Buddy

How to enhance your automated deployment process with Buddy when you need a more complex solution.

Brad Touesnard

Nov 11, 2021

WordPress Deployment Part 5: Atomic Deployments

In my last article we looked at how to use some popular hosted services to set up automated deployments for our WordPress site. In this article, we’re going to look at a specific type of deployment that can be used to eliminate downtime during a deployment and make your site always available to your users....

Brad Touesnard

Dec 11, 2018

WordPress Deployment Part 4: Automated Deployments

In my last article, we looked at different methods of deploying a WordPress site using Git. We also looked at using an external CI service (such as Travis) to automatically trigger a deployment on your remote git repo. In this article, we’re going to build on what we have looked at previously and consider some...

Brad Touesnard

Oct 09, 2018

WordPress Deployment Part 3: Deploying WordPress Using Git

In my last article, we looked at deploying WordPress using some different command line (CLI) tools. In this article, we’re going to look at how we can deploy WordPress using Git, both manually via the CLI and also automatically when you push code to your remote repository. Use Git & Composer In the first article in...

Brad Touesnard

Aug 14, 2018

WordPress Deployment Part 2: Deploying WordPress using the Command Line

In my last article, we looked briefly at why automated deployments are important and how to prepare a WordPress site for automated deployments. Now that our WordPress site is ready to be deployed, in this article we’re going to look at how we can use command line (CLI) tools to deploy WordPress from our local...

Brad Touesnard

Jul 03, 2018

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.

Create a Custom SpinupWP Dashboard in Under 30 minutes Using Laravel and Inertia

In this article, I’ll show you how you can build a custom SpinupWP dashboard using the SpinupWP SDK, the popular PHP framework Laravel, and Inertia.js. If you’re an agency or a freelance web designer using SpinupWP to manage your servers, chances are you’ll need to give clients access to manage their own websites. Wouldn’t it...

Daniel Mendoza

Jul 13, 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

How to Install Ansible and Automate Your Ubuntu 20.04 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.

Ashley Rich

Feb 17, 2022

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

Feb 10, 2022

Headless WordPress: How to Set Up and Deploy a Gatsby Site in 2022

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

Drill Down into Disk Space Usage to Free Up Space on Ubuntu 20.04 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 04, 2021

7 Reasons to Host WordPress Yourself in 2021

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 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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