Tag: performance

Optimize your WordPress websites with W3 Total Cache

Optimize your WordPress websites with W3 Total Cache

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Website owners want their sites to run as fast as possible – and the well-known W3 Total Cache plugin (W3TC) is a popular option to optimize your WordPress installations. When W3TC is properly configured, it will help your server handle greater traffic loads without jeopardizing the response time of your website.

W3TC offers lots of functionality for free, while some premium features are unlocked when the user upgrades to their Pro plan. However, the plugin lacks some documentation and it’s not always easy to understand which features must be enabled and set up.

In the remainder of this article I’ll review the main caches you can set up with W3TC in order to optimize WordPress. You’ll see how they work and the main settings you can fine-tune. I’ll also point out at some alternative solutions you might explore in some – more advanced – use cases. Let’s start!

Web hosting models for software development agencies

Web hosting models for software development agencies

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In order to choose a web hosting solution for a project, what criteria do you take into account? Prefer managed or unmanaged services? Shared or dedicated environments? In this article I explore the alternatives from the viewpoint of a web development agency and argue why a website per cloud server is our preferred option as of this writing.

Changelog 2018-10-08

Changelog 2018-10-08

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This week we’ve been doing a major update. We’ve deployed new features, bug fixes, and upgrades to our infrastructure. Here you can find a summary of user-facing changes.

Users

    • Server user management. You can create and delete server users from Moss. For each user you can also manage the associated SSH public keys. This means that public keys are not bound to servers any more, but to server users.
    • Custom user per website. You can leverage the aforementioned users to isolate the websites hosted on a same server between each other. Choose the user as you create the website in Moss or change the user afterwards.

Workers

    • Worker logs are now within folder /home/<site-user>/sites/<site-name>/logs/workers/
Why we love Cloudflare – and you will, too

Why we love Cloudflare – and you will, too

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From time to time you find companies, products, or services you cannot help to fall in love with. As soon as you get used to them, you cannot imagine how you could work without them. Folks, no doubt Cloudflare is one of those.

Employed by over 10 million domains, chances are that you’re already using Cloudflare. But maybe you haven’t had the time to check everything they do to build a faster web and a more secure Internet. In this post I summarize some ways you can take advantage of their free plan to speed up and secure your websites.

Changelog 2018-07-19

Changelog 2018-07-19

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SITES

    • Alias support. If you want to serve different domains from the same application, now Moss gives you everything you need. E.g. you can create the website main.com (maybe a custom PHP app, a WordPress Multisite, or whatever) and make it also serve alias1.com and alias2.com.

UX

    • Server and website provisioning is faster now.
    • Moss checks the server OS is supported before it tries to provision it.
    • Bug fix: server names that start with a digit are allowed.
    • Many other minor improvements in the Moss’s web app.

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