I’ve recently setup mod_pagespeed for this site (DigitalSanctuary.com) and mod_pagespeed and CloudFlare for 10MinuteMail.com. The combination should provide excellent Front End Optimization (FEO) as well as caching and CDN performance advantages. Overall you should find my sites to be faster loading and more stable. I encourage you to check out both technologies for yourself!
I’ve just converted my server and many sites from mod_php under Apache to FastCGI and php-cgi. In theory this should perform better, scale better, and generally BE better. However I’m new to it, so if you find something that is broken on being weird, let me know!
I’m excited to be presenting at another Boston Web Performance Group Meetup. On Tuesday September 18th, 2012 I will be co-presenting with my co-worker Steve Hall on Load Testing and Performance Analytics with JMeter and New Relic. We work together at Spark::red providing very FAST managed ATG Oracle Commerce Hosting.
Steve will be showing how to generate load testing traffic using JMeter, and how you can use Cloud VM instances to spin up as many load generation nodes as you need, located anywhere in the world you want to be generating traffic from.
Then I’ll be showing how you can use New Relic to identify performance statistics and rapidly identify bottlenecks in your web application based on real user traffic or in this case simulated load.
It should be an interesting and hopefully enlightening evening with hands on real life demonstrations of the tools and how to apply them to increase your web application performance. There will also be some awesome giveaways in addition to the standard pizza and excellent company that the Boston Web Performance Meetups offer. So sign up and come on by! I hope to see you there!