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I’ve been playing around with the Rackspace Cloud hosting offerings, and as of right now I’ve got this very blog running load balanced on a set of servers. And while it’s a little more complicated than just setting up a single server, it really isn’t that hard. In fact, I’ll walk you through the process.
Using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) can be beneficial for just about any type of site; however, you are going to see greater improvements for media heavy sites, such as photo blogs.
There are several things happening on your server that can become bottlenecks as traffic increases to your site. The first bottleneck will be retrieving the data from your MySQL database. The second is trying to execute the PHP code that will ultimately display the content of your site to your end users. New sites with a small amount of traffic might not see these bottlenecks, but as traffic to your site goes up, the efficiency of your server will go down. Standing up additional servers can solve this problem but can be an expensive solution. This is when caching becomes important.
One of the first things that people want to do after creating a WordPress site is to customize it. This is one of the strengths of WordPress, and with the abundance of themes and plugins it is easy to make it your own. As you look to install plugins, I would advise you to follow at these three simple guidelines.
This is one topic that really gets me fired up. There are so many reasons why you should not install WordPress from an Operating System’s software repository, yet thousands of people do it every day. We will discuss reasons why you should consider installing WordPress from the package available on the official site instead of from the software repository provided by your Operating System.
The Content-MD5 HTTP Header was recently put in place on for WordPress releases to allow easier MD5 checksum verification of the download without requiring an extra HTTP request to grab an MD5 file. WordPress will soon start validating the MD5 checksum when downloading files based on this header.
Hart Hoover is Linux Technician for Cloud Servers with a Managed Service Level. Click here to follow him on Twitter.
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