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Sept DFWWP:WordPress Hosting - From Commodity Offerings to "Digg Proof" Configs

Whether you like it or not, hosting is a topic every self-hosted WordPress blogger has to face. As a blogger and a small business owner himself, Derick Schaefer of Orangecast Social Media has seen the good, bad, and the ugly of WordPress hosting. In this discussion, Derick will cover the basics of WordPress hosting to help non-technical bloggers make the best decisions with their budget and provide clear guidance to their technical "go to" person or hosting company help desk. Then he will shift gears and dive into the deep technical details and secrets of how to create a high performance, yet affordable WordPress installation capable of sustaining the thousands of concurrent users that social media spikes can bring to a blog. The technical portion of the discussion will focus on Linux based hosting and will highlight a high performance configuration of MediaTemple's new VE server. Derick Schaefer is the founder of Dallas based
Orangecast Social Media and is passionate about technology, social media, and WordPress. Orangecast owns and runs blogs including
MidwestSportsFans.Com,
Picchore.Com, and
How-To-Blog.TV. The company also runs blogs for several clients including
McCuistionTV.Com and
CorporateComplianceInsights.Com. In addition to blogging and consulting, Orangecast and its employees are the creators of WP-MalWatch, a free WordPress plugin designed to help detect evidence of hackers leave behind in blogs. Prior to founding Orangecast, Derick spent 10 years at the Microsoft Corporation. The first half of his career at the software giant he dedicated to working with large scale systems based on Windows Server, SQL Server, SNA Server, Services for UNIX, and Active Directory. He later transitioned into a leadership role where he managed technology sales worldwide for the company's Global Accounts division. Though Derick has been responsible for highly technical publications in the software industry including "Enterprise Class Storage in Windows 2000" and "Development Considerations for Storage Applications in Windows 2000", he is best known for presenting technology topics in basic terms that everyone can understand.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Derick did a great job with his presentation on hosting options. Most valuable was the myths he dispelled and the advice of when to move between the various options. Excellent and useful info!

    September 26, 2010

  • Pete G.

    Derick's presentation was informative, interesting and well presented. Nice job (for a Bladerunner, especially). I continue to be amazed at the diversity and depth of the members of this group! Fantastic meeting and post-meeting networking opportunity.

    September 26, 2010

  • Sandy N.

    I learned a great deal from this. Understanding some of the database queries and how they are done was great. Very simple to understand for the most part. I was hoping we would go into some of the shared hosting companies in more detail, yet I realize that can be very subjective. (Hey, one can hope) Good job as always.

    September 26, 2010

  • Tony C.

    Derick did a great job sharing his wisdom on the nuts-and-bolts of web servers. I learned a lot. I enjoyed seeing my WordPress friends. Thanks to all who participated!

    September 26, 2010

  • Ken K.

    Excellent presentation by Derick on hosting for WordPress! It was fast pace, fun and very informative.

    September 26, 2010

  • Mitch

    Excellent presentation about hosting. Derick provided valuable information about hosting that all bloggers need to consider.

    September 25, 2010

  • Darren F.

    This was my first meetup with this group and I really enjoyed it. Derick presented a wealth of information. I meet some good people. I'm looking forward to attending more meetups with this group in the future.

    September 25, 2010

  • Tony C.

    If you want to video or take photos at the event. Go right ahead! We encourage all kinds of reproduction! :)

    September 25, 2010

  • Tony C.

    Note: Parking at The Art Institute of Dallas. Use the student parking lot on the East side of 8080 Park Lane. Enter from Park Lane (going past the North parking garage). Park on the 5th floor upward. Entrance to the building is from the 5th floor of the parking lot via a walkway to building's 4th floor. If Security is at the desk when you enter the building, please sign in. You may enter and go to the elevators if no guard is on duty at the time of entry.

    September 24, 2010

  • Edgar

    Also, is there anything we need to know AHEAD OF TIME about how to get into the building?

    September 24, 2010

  • Tony C.

    For newcomers, let me clarify the schedule, we meet from 4pm to 6pm, but the talk doesn't start until 4:25-4:30 and lasts for about an hour. Until that time, we do casual networking, eat snacks, welcome latecomers, and make announcements. The Meetup always ends promptly at 6pm.

    September 22, 2010

  • Tony C.

    There is really little need for a site with under 1000 daily visitors to get a dedicated server. Shared servers are generally fine as long as the ISP is reputable. There is also a middle ground sweet-spot of VPSs.

    Derick will be talking about countermeasures for how to deal with traffic spikes, and I may talk a bit about a caching system that I have found useful (W3 Total Cache/MaxCDN).

    If it's about hosting, we'll cover it—both at the meetup and the after-party at Sherlocks!

    September 13, 2010

  • Wendy M.

    I would like to know the primary benefits or drawbacks of dedicated server vs. shared server hosting. Should this always be a concern or only when you reach a certain amount of traffic and bandwidth?

    Also, is there enough benefit to justify the extra expense and effort in using a service like Amazon S3 to reduce the load on your server and increase page load speed?

    September 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This one is going to be a great one for anyone who uses Wordpress. Derick knows a TON about the web and specifically WP and search marketing. Looking forward to it.

    September 1, 2010

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