Category: Reviews

WordPress Speed Experiments

I was working on a client site and was wondering about similar impact that my optimizations would have on a cloud instance with even traffic (read: zero traffic). I tested various things on a demo site that I set up for a client. I thought that the results were interesting, so I thought that I'd share.

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Carbon Fields

It is rare that I find a plugin/framework that gets me so excited. One of these days I will have to publish a list of my favorites. Today I am here to talk about Carbon Fields for WordPress.

Let me begin by saying that Advanced Custom Fields Pro is one of my favorite plugins, and I probably use it more than any other (maybe on par with Redis Object Cache). I have a developer’s license for it. It is amazing and also a bargain! I wish that I could use it for everything!

That said, some of the things that make ACF Pro amazing, like Repeater field and Options pages, are not redistributable for free (as in beer) plugins. I totally understand and respect why – I would do the same thing. However, there are times when I make a plugin that I just want to give away …

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Comparison: AWS, DigitalOcean, Vultr & Linode

Over the years, I have used several dedicated and cloud hosting companies. I thought that I would share my opinions on them (as far as the features that I’ve used among them).

Although I have tried Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform, I preferred the interface of AWS and/or the price of other options, so I did not give them much of a trial. As a result, they will not be included much in this article. I also do not have a DevOps background so I will not be discussing HA or load balancing a lot.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

I used to be a die-hard promoter of AWS (I still use them for some of their specialty services, and recommend them depending on infrastructure needs).

Pros:

  • Speed – I have always gotten impressive transfer speeds while using Amazon’s

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Streaming Video Devices

I’ve tried several of the video streaming devices on the market and I thought that I would share my recommendations for those in the market for one.

Units that I have tried include:

Amazon Fire TV

Price: $49 and up

Amazon Fire TV StickI was excited when the Amazon Fire TV came out. At the time, I was an exclusive Roku user, but Roku had not updated their units in quite some time and they were beginning to feel sluggish. The Fire TV promised a significant speed boost, and it delivered in that respect. However, it was disappointing for other reasons.

Pros:

  • Speed – The unit was pleasantly fast.
  • Vendors – Supports Amazon Instant video and Prime
  • Voice – It was the first streaming unit (to my knowledge) that offered voice commands.
  • Apps – It supports most