If anyone has been reading this site regularly (anyone?), you may have noticed that this site had the title “Tiny Web Performance Insights” for some time. It’s been my long term aim to promote tinywp.com, a domain, that I have been holding for long. Here are the primary reasons…
- I use an email associated with tinywp.com, as my primary email. Never used the email from tinywp.in even though I still have an email forwarder active with my Google Apps for Email (G Suite).
- Google thinks that “.in” extension someone targets only a particular geography.
- Originally, tinywp.in was started to write about WordPress insights. Recently, I wanted to write about web performance in general. So, tinywp.com has become a natural fit to write about web performance.
I have been using another tiny wp.com site, to put down my random thoughts. It generates decent traffic too. Any site with content that is useful for someone some day, will start to receive traffic.
My 52-week writing challenge will continue primarily in TinyWP.com, a site dedicated to sharing my insights on web performance. No, I am not going away from WordPress. Actually, I tried. Every time, I try to go away from it, I am pulled back due to various reasons that deserve a blog post of its own. :)
Coming back to TinyWP.com… while I love WordPress and I have made over $20k (accounted income) due to WordPress, I still want to know how the other side works, especially, the static site generators (SSG in short). I also do not want to spend much money on hosting. While searching for hosting static sites, I came across Google’s firebase hosting that has free-tier. The free-tier with 5GB storage and 10 GB bandwidth is enough for me for years! Firebase hosting uses Google’s global infrastructure. I also believe it uses Fastly’s Varnish CDN. Google Firebase hosting constantly outperforms Netlify in every way. TinyWP.com is based on Jekyll that I have used in the past to deploy status pages of WordPress sites. Love the Ruby eco system in general. So, wanted to get back into it with a small-step.
My immediate next step is to keep both TinyWP.in and TinyWP.com active by writing regular content on both. While, I love writing, I don’t feel like writing when I don’t put enough efforts to improve myself on a particular week. It’s a perfect way to remind myself, if I don’t write any blog posts. I love to share what I learned, no matter how basic such things are for someone experienced. There are always someone who begins with zero knowledge on everything. Hopefully, one such person will find my articles useful sometime in the future!
Happy blogging everyone!!!
There are plenty of scripts in the internet, some of them even open source, that helps us to install WordPress automatically in a (single) server. Bitnami is the most popular among them. However, none of them met my requirements. I have some design considerations, security requirements and performance checklists. Since none of the existing tools met all my principles, I started developing my own tool to setup a (single) WordPress site in a (tiny) server.
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Caching ecosystem around WordPress grows constantly with newer caching plugins coming up every year. In order to arrive at the best solution for caching, one needs to understand how everything fits together in a cache. There are multiple caching layers available. When a user sends a request to a particular page in a domain, for example home page of this domain, the reply doesn’t come fresh from the site. If it needs fresh data, it has to be prepared from scratch by this site. That in turn would take a lot of time to prepare and then send it to the user’s browser. The visitors would have closed the website and would have turned to another site, if the request doesn’t arrive within a second (in most cases). In order to achieve this 1-second milestone, the sites incorporate different caching layers to serve the request. Continue reading “Full Page Caching Options for WP Blogs”
Amazon Lightsail by Amazon Web Services is targeted towards new webmasters, server admins, DIY enthusiasts among others. It provides much more predictable pricing than EC2 based servers where the pricing is calculated as a cumulative cost of individual components (server, disk, bandwidth, etc).
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Right after creating my first WordPress plugin, Auto Maintenance Mode, I came across a situation on a high-traffic blog where the visitors just rush to the website immediately after a blog post is published and shared (automatically) via social media. It created chaos in the server and the initial visitors didn’t get the cached version of the blog post, because it wasn’t even ready.
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It isn’t uncommon to see freemium plugins in the official WordPress repo. The basic functionality of the plugin would be free. Some fancy features would come with a premium price. There is nothing wrong with such business model. What’s bad (business model) is switching the free features into paid features without notification. How does it feel if WordPress Foundation started charging a small fee to use the theme customizer?
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It’s 2017. I started using linux in 1999. Yes, I am getting older and older. I have always used apt-get on Debian based servers or distributions. However, in recent times, I am getting more frustrated to use apt-get. To be precise, I may want to install a package. So, I start to type apt-get. Then I may be unsure, if the package by the exact name exists. So, I tend to search the package/s, instead of installing it. Now, I have to use apt-cache to search packages. Sigh!
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What Is Cron?
In simple terms, cron is a job scheduler in unix-like operating systems. It is also called as system cron or OS cron especially if the discussion is also about WP Cron. The job can be anything that needs to be done at a particular time. The job could be an one-time job (such as launching a rocket at a scheduled time) or repetitive (such as turning the lights on upon sunset and turning them off upon sunrise, every day!). Basically, the system cron is a program that runs all the time just to trigger a particular action at a particular time. You can throw hundreds of tasks on it to do at various intervals. System cron is like robot who is always available at your service!
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