December 19, 2019 — Caching is critical to the functioning of the modern web. From CDNs to browser caching to DNS TTLs to the WordPress object and full page cache, caching can be a confusing and challenging topic. With Google emphasizing site performance in the latest page rank algorithm changes, it is a topic we can’t afford to ignore. This talk will explain caching in layman terms (with some power-user pro-tips sprinkled throughout) and will give actionable advice on how to make caching work for any site. We will cover the tools available and how to use them effectively and where it might be worth spending money to get better results.
December 30, 2018 — You’ve no doubt heard a fast loading website is critical to success. With Google’s recent algorithm updates, this is more true now than ever. Many plugins and services claim to speed up WordPress, but which are most effective? Should you spend money on a service or find something free? How can site owners improve performance without writing code? This beginner-friendly talk covers the basics of site performance and recommends simple strategies and tools to boost performance. Sprinkled throughout will be pro tips for power users who want to take these concepts to the next level.
August 25, 2013 — It has happened to everyone – the dreaded call that the site is down and you are the only one who can fix it. While this can seem like the end of the world, fear not – there are a number of tools that can make your life easier. From monitoring to backups, command line to GUI, this presentation explores the most effective tools and tricks to get to the bottom of the most common server problems.