As of March 1, 2021 Kernl now supports WordPress plugin banners! As you can see, the plugin detail screen rendered without a banner is OK, but the screen looks a lot cleaner with banner support. Much better! You can add your own banners by going to -> Edit Plugin -> Icon & Banners while inside… Continue reading WordPress Plugin Banners Now Supported
February was a busy month for Kernl that focused on fixing some long-standing bugs, infrastructure upgrades, and a few behavior changes. Let’s dive in! Bugs, Performance, and Infrastructure RoboSwarm & Kernl Load Testing Upgrades – RoboSwarm and Kernl WordPress load testing have been updated to use the latest version of Locust, Python, and Ubuntu when… Continue reading What’s New With Kernl – February 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… Continue reading What’s New With Kernl – January 2021
So you’ve decided to host your WooCommerce site on Vultr. Great! You could be hosting through Cloudways or direct, but you still need to make the choice: Vultr Cloud or Vultr High Frequency? How do you choose? The pricing is pretty close and it hasn’t always been clear which has the best performance characteristics in… Continue reading Vultr WooCommerce Showdown – Cloud or High Frequency?
In the world of WooCommerce hosting there are a lot of options. One of the often recommended hosting services is Cloudways, which makes it very easy to spin up a reasonably performant WooCommerce site. You do still have to make a few choices though, including whether to use DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode, AWS, or GCP. So… Continue reading Which Cloudways Hosting Provider is Best for WooCommerce?
The final “What’s New With Kernl” for 2020 is upon us! There were a lot of great updates this month, so let’s dive in a see what changed. Features, Infrastructure, & Bugs Site Health Lighthouse – This month we started using the lighthouse Node.js package to generate Lighthouse scores. Prior to this we were making… Continue reading What’s New With Kernl – December 2020
As we enter the holiday season here in the US work on Kernl slows down. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t get some great stuff done this month. Let’s dive in! Features, Bug Fixes, Infrastructure Site Health Worker – In the beginning, Kernl’s WordPress Site Health service used a simple cron job to run TTFB… Continue reading What’s New With Kernl – November 2020
Happy (almost) November! It was a very bug-fix and infrastructure heavy month for Kernl, so lets dive in! Features, Bugs, & Infrastructure Redis robust connection handling – We’ve done some resiliency work so that Redis failing will not cause any issues in Kernl. If Redis goes away, all traffic is handled un-cached. Once it comes… Continue reading What’s New With Kernl – October 2020
Back in 2019 I became aware of a new player in the managed WordPress hosting space: EasyWP by Namecheap. As a Namecheap customer (domain registrar) I was curious about their entry into this market and gave them a try. When I initially did performance tests, the platform was still very new and it showed. But… Continue reading EasyWP Performance Review