Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Scaling web operations to global capacity
From: Tom Gillis
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:40:30 -0400
To: internet_working_group@googlegroups.com

Sam make sa good point - WP requires some kind of caching for any
serious usage (I've used SuperCache before - generally the plugins are
pretty simple to install and set up) and commenting is really
something for Disqus or LiveFyre.

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 12:36 PM,  <sam@monkeytownhq.com> wrote:
Todd -

These are excellent points.

If WordPress is the tool of choice, it is very easy to get in a situation
where if you take advantage of everything it can do, you soon wind up with a
very inefficient site that you need to throw more and more server resources
at to keep up with demand.

To optimize WP sites, I believe the best current module is
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

although an event better solution is to write a script to bake out the
entire site as flat html, and then run that a few times per day.

in an optimized WP site, commenting should be offloaded to a separate tool
and fed in by javascript

- Sam



Quoting Todd Grayson <tgraysonco@gmail.com>:

There needs to be a general understanding from the people participating in
online operations and web development, that the consideration of "how many
users are going to be accessing this service" must be a consideration before
design starts on a solution.

In the requirements gathering phase of any project, the interview process
should work to understand the target audience and project its size and
usage/access patterns.  How users will be provisioned (if a private
services) or how self provisioned users will be managed/self manage within a
site.  The documentation of this should be maintained throughout the project
(it becomes a non-functional requirement that must be met).

If something is going to be expected to be able to be viewed at massive
scale, it should be static html, with limited images that are optimized so
it can be placed on many web servers and balanced by geo-dns services like
http://edgedirector.com/ while running as simple static content from hosted
sites around the world.

It would be worthwhile to go through now and start clarifying by domain
and service being brought online who the target audiences are for groups
working on projects.

Announcements to the world type content that will have global appeal
should be static HTML sites announcing agenda, publishing a few key static
articles and that is it.  Attempting to build applications that will require
interaction between multiple components (such as wordpress with its db, the
plugins with the DB, etc) are much more expensive as an operation and really
should be reserved to registered non-hostile parties that are part of the
movement.  You can reach the public with your message, it doesn't have to be
a heavy content set to get you message out.

It would be a good idea at some point to get a working summary of the
services online now, the services about to be launched and the services that
are being planned.


Services that will operate at a smaller scope can have a much higher level
of interaction.

Please consider these things as you plan to bring services online.

Thanks

Todd






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