Are DigitalOcean Premium Droplets Better for WordPress?

Back on February 23, 2021 DigitalOcean announced the launch of their “premium” droplets. These Droplets are in the same tier as their shared-resource counterparts, but running on next generation Intel or AMD hardware. As soon as these were released, my first thought was “I wonder if WordPress runs better on these premium droplets?”. I ran… Continue reading Are DigitalOcean Premium Droplets Better for WordPress?

Which Cloudways Hosting Provider is Best for WooCommerce?

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?

EasyWP Performance Review

EasyWP Authenticated – 500 Users Requests per Second

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

Hummingbird Cache for WordPress Performance Review

The Hummingbird Cache plugin is one of many different caching plugins available in the WordPress ecosystem. Enabling it will increase your site’s performance significantly, but by how much? In this review we’re going to use Kernl’s WordPress Load Testing tool to push our Hummingbird Cache WordPress installation to it’s limits. Test System Setup As with… Continue reading Hummingbird Cache for WordPress Performance Review

Should I use Memcached or Redis for WordPress caching?

Choosing between Memcached or Redis for your WordPress cache is a tough decision. Not because they have vastly different performance profiles (they don’t), but because either choice is a good one depending on your needs. In this post we’re going to explore the differences between Redis and Memcached, how they perform for WordPress, and a… Continue reading Should I use Memcached or Redis for WordPress caching?

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