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Making WordPress Fly

If you use shared hosting, you can take some steps to speed up your WordPress site, guided by browser plugins like YSlow and Speed TracerCSS sprites, minifying CSS/JS, avoiding plugins and themes that are resource hogs, using caching plugins.

But if you control your own server, you can really make WordPress fly, even if the site makes lots of database calls. Learn about APC, Varnish, and nginx, the tools that managed hosting companies (and use to provide amazing performance improvements. You, too, can use them, and you can even get VPS hosting for about the cost of shared hosting. It just takes a little know-how to set it up, and Stefan will tell you how. (We'll try to get Digital Ocean to sponsor the meetup.)

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  • eve l.

    Great Presentations. Very helpful. Thank you Stephan and Tyler!

    October 21, 2013

  • Sallie G.

    Good coverage of options for both shared and VPS/Cloud hosting.

    October 21, 2013

  • Sonja L.

    Will there be anything for those of us who do not want to want to manage our own server?

    October 19, 2013

    • Sallie G.

      That'd be great, Tyler. I have a couple of basic slides, but I really want to get the members involved.

      October 20, 2013

    • Sonja L.

      Actually, I was just trying to find out if there would be a range of solutions presented. I noticed that the thread of people who volunteered to present was rather old, it was not clear to me who was actually presenting and what. Most of our needs fall somewhere in the middle, needing more than shared hosting and less than dedicated server.

      October 20, 2013

  • Daniel M.

    Ugh! Trying to get time off from work for this but it's not looking likely. What is the policy on any kind of documentation provided after the fact on the subjects covered. And what is the possibility of a repeat?

    October 19, 2013

    • Sallie G.

      Yes, we post the slides each month, so you'll be able to see them.

      October 19, 2013

    • Stefan D.

      You can get my slides for tomorrow's presentation on http://www.stefandida...­. But you'll have to wait until then because I'll be hitting the publish button after I'm done. :-)

      October 19, 2013

  • Daniel M.

    Excellent. Thanks, Susan. And Sally!

    October 19, 2013

  • Martha M.

    See you all Sunday!

    October 16, 2013

  • Michal W.

    Hi guys! Looking forward to see you. If you're interested in two-factor authentication, please talk to me.

    October 14, 2013

  • Franz

    See you sunday - Franz Ross

    October 9, 2013

  • Stefan D.

    No word from DO on sponsoring so I suspect it's a "no".

    October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good Afternoon, I am excited to join this group. I am brand new to Word Press, and I am using to learn it, but I think being part of this group will help give me structure during this process.

    October 2, 2013

  • Stefan D.

    Ah, Varnish, APC, Nginx... ok, I'll put some slides together and arrange a live demo of a droplet with a 1:1 performance difference of the same site running on (not cheap) shared hosting vs. the droplets I've used to show off just how much you can improve WP speed.

    June 18, 2013

  • Richard B.

    I would be interested in attending

    January 12, 2013

  • Tyler S.

    I can also talk about how to speed a WordPress site up with a CDN.

    December 25, 2012

  • Greg T.

    I can help out by talking about how to see what is making a site slow, or talk about cache plugins, or CDNs. Will need time to prepare.

    April 16, 2012

  • Anca

    I'd love to see this meetup. I can help w/ discussing minification.

    September 25, 2011

  • Diana T.

    OK, I can take lead. Ideally, I'd like to make it a demo, so it may take me a little time to put together.

    September 18, 2011

  • Sallie G.

    Can you lead this? I'm only familiar with some of these tools and wouldn't be competent to do it.

    September 4, 2011

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