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…

7 Reasons to Host WordPress Yourself

Published March 12, 2019

Four years ago Ashley published part 1 of what would become our most popular posts to date, our Hosting WordPress Yourself series. The article jumps right into setting up your server, but doesn’t ask the question: Why host WordPress yourself? To begin to answer this question, we have to first understand the options for hosting…

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…

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…

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