Performance analysis and debugging is the first key step in site optimization. This will guide the next optimization steps, such as caching, or image optimization. Often, there is much room for improvement, and complex sites can benefit from caching at several different levels.
August 14, 2016 — WordPress runs on a technology stack that provides many options for your choice of web server, database, version and flavor of PHP; this talk explores the commonly used options, and the various pros and cons of each choice, i.e., nginx or apache; PHP 5.x, PHP 7, or HHVM; and MySQL or MariaDB.
No tool is best for all jobs.
There are many implicit trade-offs to consider with software platforms, such as optimizing for speed vs memory usage, or using an older solution because it may be more stable, more well-tested, or more widely supported.
With any new project, these factors should be considered to ensure that you choose the best tools for your particular job.
January 1, 2015 — Protecting our WordPress sites is important to all of us; this talk will help provide you with the tools to secure your server. Learn the best practices to follow in securing your WordPress site, and the common pitfalls to avoid. This is for both new users who are setting up a WordPress installation from the ground up, and also experienced WordPress users for hardening their existing sites.
December 4, 2012 — Peter Baylies provides advice and encouragement on how to approach development in the WordPress world, with practical examples learned from experience, so that you too can do clever things with WordPress!