WordPress Caching Plugin Face-off

I’ve been looking into the ways to speed up my blog, WordPress by default is pretty heavy on servers and I’m on about as cheap of hosting you can find at Dreamhost. The first place to turn is caching which will help reduce the load on the server significantly when loading pages. The top favored WordPress caching plugins are W3 Total Cache  and WP Super Cache. Different reviews say different things, and on the surface without digging too deep it’s really hard to tell which one is better. So, I thought I’d do a little test to see which one works best for my setup.

To test this out, I installed each plugin for a 24 hour period and used Pingdom Monitoring to track the site’s response time from before and during each plugin’s active period. To view the full Pingdom results, you can see them on here – Alexphelps.me Status September 2012.

The proof is the in pudding folks. WP Super Cache was able to optimize my blog to be faster than W3 Total Cache.  On a side note, W3 Total Cache also broke some javascript used for optimizing the main navigation menu on a mobile, where with WP Super Cache it works as expected. W3 Total Cache breaking my theme menu javascript leads me to believe that it will be less compatible with Plugins that add their own javascript to the page header which makes me pretty concerned about this plugin’s ability to play nice.

Both plugins made drastic improvements on my site speed though, going from 1,700ms response time to under 500ms is cutting it by more than 2/3, and in website optimization terms that’s enormous. From here on out after this initial gain most of the configurations made will probably on see minor improvements and it’ll be a battle of inches.

There could be lots of arguments made about which one is better, but for the time I feel like investing in setup and configuration, WP Super Cache is the clear winner for me. Next thing on the list for Website Optimization is setting up a CDN to deliver static files, I’ll let you know how it goes.

WordPress 3.4.2 Maintenance Update

Yesterday, WordPress 3.4.2 has been officially released and is available for download. Nothing new to announce for this release but several bugs fixed and also som really important Security patches.

Here is a list of the updates for this Maintenance and Security release:

  • Fix some issues with older browsers in the administration area.
  • Fix an issue where a theme may not preview correctly, or its screenshot may not be displayed.
  • Improve plugin compatibility with the visual editor.
  • Address pagination problems with some category permalink structures.
  • Avoid errors with both oEmbed providers and trackbacks.
  • Prevent improperly sized header images from being uploaded.

Version 3.4.2 also fixes a few security issues and contains some security hardening. The vulnerabilities included potential privilege escalation and a bug that affects multisite installs with untrusted users. These issues were discovered and fixed by the WordPress security team.

Get ready for 3.5!

Is the Republican Party Serious?

I never really knew where I stood on politics until recently, I’m probably one of the least political people you’ll ever come across. I’ve pretty much gotten to where I am at this stage of my life without giving it much thought, more less I’ve just been apathetic. I do know  one thing though, I definitely don’t agree with the right winged Republican Party. Mitt Romney get’s up on stage and talks the talk, walks the walk, but really what is he saying? He’s saying the same thing the Republican Party always says…Cut Taxes, Increase Defense, blah blah blah.

All I can say is, look where that got us from 2000 to 2008. It can be said and is true that the American economy is not doing stellar at the moment, but look at the gigantic mess that they were handed when they took started. We’re at least in a better place now and haven’t slid even deeper or gone into inflation crisis mode.

Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic Convention 2012 was great to say the least, but you know what I really respect about it? They didn’t condem the opposition and try to distort reality equating Obama to the Anti-christ. They stated the facts and let them speak for themselves, hell they even complimented the Republicans on some things.

Back to that, stating facts… Paul Ryan, are you serious? You just got up in front of everyone and blatantly lied and want me to vote for your party?

Come back to reality Republicans, we gotta work together to move forward from where we are today.

WordPress 3.5 Coming in December 2012

According to the WordPress.org Codex, Version 3.5 is tentively due early this December. Some of the upcoming changes that we’re seeing so far look quite exciting. Here is what we know:

Highlights

  • New Default Theme “Twenty Twelve”

General Updates

  • Incorrect URL for second page of search results
  • Re-enable redirect_canonical for IIS

Posts Changes

  • Rename the “HTML” editor tab to “Text”
  • Prevent child categories from being visually promoted to the top level after Quick Edit
Some of the biggest expected changes are set to be in the Media Library and core Media Features. Daryl Koopersmith posted some slides for discussion on the make.wordpress.org blog. Below is a sneak peak of the wireframes and workflows they’ve got in motion.