W3 Total Cache Alternatives

Cachify Logo for the post entitled W3 Total Cache plugin alternativesThere is no doubt that W3 Total Cache has so many options to optimize any WordPress site than any other caching plugin. Even if you use all the features it offers there are other ways to achieve the same, manually, with better efficiency and better results.

Additionally, if you have used W3 Total Cache plugin for at least a year, especially on a multisite, you’d know that it is not a perfect plugin. As with any other plugin out there, it has its own bugs, does some nasty things, some unsatisfied users, had some security flaws on some hosts and a lot more. What’s more, it is not actively developed as of now. The latest development log shows that it’s been 5 months since the last commit with the number of unanswered questions growing by every day in the WordPress support forums.


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How To Benchmark A WordPress Blog?

Blitz Logo - a benchmarking toolI come across this question on benchmarking WordPress in almost every optimization project I work with. So, here is a quick post to make the answer available to everyone (who might ask this question in the future).

Benchmarking can be done in two areas. Firstly the server benchmarking. It is the ability of the server to manage N number of concurrent visitors to the site. The other is application (WordPress) benchmarking. It depends on how quickly it can generate a complete webpage for the server to serve the visitor.

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Nginx Rewrite Rules for WP Admin over SSL

This is a continuation of administering your WordPress blog over SSL to increase your blog security.

Nginx rewrite rules are tricky, but are easier to learn once you understand them. I’m sure they are lot easier to understand, learn and write than .htaccess rules for Apache HTTP server. Here I solve an important issue when you use WordPress over HTTPS, otherwise called the secure protocol. Continue reading “Nginx Rewrite Rules for WP Admin over SSL”

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WordPress Multi-site To Standlone Installation

softaculous logo for the post on WordPress multi-siteDid you install WordPress as a multi-site by default using Softaculous? Here is the way to change WordPress into single site.

On your wp-config.php file, in the following code…

define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

Change true to false or just remove this entire line. For more information on WP multi-site and to get started with it (if you wish), check out the official documentation on how to create a network of blogs.

Some background

I love WordPress, the best tool for blogging (IMO), even though some consider and use it as a CMS. I had multiple blogs in the past, for the past 4 years, but never had maintained them for more than a year. :) I still own multiple domains, such as “tinywp.com” (COM version of this domain), “pothi.info”, “elegantblogs.com” and “elegantblogs.net”. For the records, I owned the following domains in the past…

  • luckweaver.com
  • luckweaver.net
  • freelancelens.com :)
  • fancyforms.com

This blog is another venture into blogging. Let me see how long it goes. I just wanted to start off blogging with this post. So, here is a tiny tip. I hope this helps someone! We never know. :)


WordPress itself is a complex piece of tool for blogging, IMHO. I wish it is more simpler than what it is now. WordPress multi-site is a beast, especially on a shared host. Softaculous seemed to have installed multi-site platform, by default, as per the IRC chat with one who experienced this. I provided the above solution and wanted to share it with others. So, here it is. My first post in this blog!

Happy Blogging. :)