Yoast SEO: WordPress Plugin Performance Implications

Yoast SEO is a popular SEO enablement plugin for WordPress. It helps you avoid common mistakes when it comes to SEO on your blog and also handles things like social media “og:meta” tags. If your blog has a public audience, then it stands a good chance that you are using Yoast. As with the previous… Continue reading Yoast SEO: WordPress Plugin Performance Implications

WordPress Plugin Performance Implications: Wordfence

Wordfence - Maximum Requests per Second

In the world of WordPress there are a lot of different plugins you can install to extend its functionality. One of the most popular plugins is Wordfence, a security plugin developed by the fine folks over at Defiant. Test the performance implications of your own WordPress plugins with Kernl WordPress Load Testing. Most WordPress developers… Continue reading WordPress Plugin Performance Implications: Wordfence

What’s New With Kernl – October 2019

October held a lot of great work for Kernl! Lots of refactoring, test coverage increases, and a new UI for managing Git deployments. Let’s dive in! Features Git Continuous Deployment UI Changes – Kernl now has a new and improved interface for adding continuous deployment to your projects. Installed Plugin List Filter – You can… Continue reading What’s New With Kernl – October 2019

WordPress Database Performance Showdown: MySQL vs MariaDB vs Percona

WordPress requires that you use a MySQL compatible database for its database backend. It used to be that you could confidently choose MySQL and go on with life, but in 2019 the choice isn’t quite that simple. With the MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona as the attractive options, how do you know which to choose? Choosing… Continue reading WordPress Database Performance Showdown: MySQL vs MariaDB vs Percona

WordPress Performance on DigitalOcean Managed MySQL

Want to performance test your own WordPress installation? Try Kernl’s WordPress Load Testing service. The database is the most important part of any WordPress site. If you aren’t adept at managing MySQL, it can be a serious risk for you and your clients. One way to de-risk this portion of your WordPress site is by… Continue reading WordPress Performance on DigitalOcean Managed MySQL

What’s New With Kernl – September 2019

I hope that everyone has had a great September! There has been some interesting changes with Kernl this month, so let’s dive in and discuss them. Features Credit Card Add Changes – For the past 3 years Kernl has had a simple credit card form (card number, expiration, etc). In an effort to help reduce… Continue reading What’s New With Kernl – September 2019

Beta testing WordPress plugin features with Kernl WordPress Feature Flags

Imagine that you are a WordPress plugin author. Maybe you work for an agency or maybe you work for yourself. The point is that you have clients or customers that have come to expect a high level of quality from your work. Great job! Now imagine that you have been working on a complicated but… Continue reading Beta testing WordPress plugin features with Kernl WordPress Feature Flags

What’s New With Kernl – July & August 2019

I hope everyone has had a great summer (or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere)! Over the past 2 months we’ve gotten a lot great stuff done, so let’s dive in. Features & Infrastructure Kernl has upgraded from Mongo 3.x to Mongo 4.2 with WiredTiger. We get improved performance and the latest features… Continue reading What’s New With Kernl – July & August 2019

Load Testing Vultr’s New High Frequency Servers with WordPress

Run your own WordPress Load Tests with Kernl! Back in June Vultr announced the general availability of their new “High Frequency” servers. Reading through the announcement I was intrigued by their claim of using “3+GHZ processors and blazing fast NVMe storage!” and immediately wondered what WordPress performance would look like versus their regular Cloud Compute… Continue reading Load Testing Vultr’s New High Frequency Servers with WordPress

Digital Ocean 30 Hour WordPress Load Test for Reliability and Consistency

Perform your own 30 hour load tests with Kernl! Over the past 5 months I’ve been writing a lot of different articles testing WordPress performance when under heavy load. One of the comments that I often receive is “Yes, but how reliable is the host over time?”. To determine that answer I made some changes… Continue reading Digital Ocean 30 Hour WordPress Load Test for Reliability and Consistency