Don’t Wait for Digg to Kill You

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p. Over on there is a “great article”: on things you can do to sped up your site. They run the gamut from the new WordPress caching plugin to Lighttpd and memcached. If you are concerned about the performance of your site, you may want to take a look. Here’s a quick quote.

bq. …the gap between my first blog post, and a new one was ever growing, mainly because I realized that anything I did post would probably never be seen, as if anything I did post actually got Dugg to the front page (which I would be utterly proud off), or even got linked by somebody, the visitors would either be put off by the slow loading (upwards of 5-10 seconds at times), or the fact that WordPress would return the database “WordPress can’t connect to your database” error or even worse, not load at all, leading to “lol digg killed ur server!!!” comments on digg. And remember this was a simple styled WordPress blog, which I expect is utterly polished and optimized by several people – what would happen if I tried to run a custom app using the CakePHP framework?

p. The author goes on to list several potential solutions along with their pros and cons.

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Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs.   For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.33, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP