What’s New With Kernl – January 2021

It’s the first update of 2021 and I hope it finds you well! With any sort of luck 2021 will be a better year than 2020 was. Let’s dive in to the update.

Features, updates, bugs

  • Unified Redis – Kernl uses Redis in a handful of different places for caching and queuing. It used to be that each service had it’s own instance, but in the interest of easier management and scaling all services now report into a centralized Redis instance that can be scaled up/down independently.
  • Node 14.x LTS – All Kernl services are now running the latest Node.js LTS version. This provides us with improved security, performance, and a longer support runway for Node.
  • Bug: Repeat WooCommerce Load Test failure – At some point there was a regression on Roboswarm where repeating a WooCommerce load test failed.
  • WP Site Performance Monitor Plugin – The WP Site Performance Monitor Plugin now will detect common caching plugins and add an activation banner encouraging the user to clear their cache.
  • Bug: Roboswarm WooCommerce – There was a race condition where the frontend was looking for data before it existed. This has been resolved and all graphs work correctly now.
  • General Load Testing – DigitalOcean has started to restrict Droplet creation in the SFO2 data center. All load generators on Kernl and Roboswarm will now use SFO3 if “San Francisco” is chosen.

Blog Posts

Which Cloudways Host is Better for WooCommerce Hosting? – In this article we run load tests against all the different Cloudways hosting providers and see which one performs best at a given price point.

Vultr WooCommerce Showdown: Cloud or High Frequency? – If you’ve ever wondered which type of Vultr server is best for WooCommerce, you should check this article out.