Optimizing Your WordPress Site

My colleague wrote an excellent article the other week on making your web sites load faster by leveraging the Rackspace Cloud Files & CDN platform to serve all static content on your site. I want to take this a step further for those of you who leverage the WordPress platform which is one of the most popular open-source web applications in existence.

In the WordPress community there are countless plugins that can be used for optimization, so how do you know which ones to use? Well I’m about to tell you and save you many hours or days of searching and experimenting.
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[VIDEO] Which Rackspace Cloud Platform Is For You?

The other week I set out to make a product comparison video for Cloud Sites and Cloud Servers. After thinking about the best way to do that I decided to simply take some of the most common real world scenarios posed to us here at the Rackspace Cloud and give some quick high level answers.

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Optimizing Your Drupal Site

Drupal is a widely used open-source CMS platform that is becoming increasingly popular by the day. I have personally used Drupal on/off since v4 and have seen it mature over the years into my preferred content management system. Here at the Rackspace Cloud we speak to hundreds if not thousands of new customers and prospects every month that either want to migrate their existing Drupal sites into the Cloud or start fresh with Drupal.

Improving performance is always a concern with any site and after working with countless Drupal installs I have identified a few tools and options that can very quickly make a very noticeable difference in your sites performance. These tweaks are not specific to the Rackspace Cloud platforms and should be considered by any Drupal site admin on any hosting solution. They will not only improve the performance of your site but also reduce back-end resource utilization such as CPU and memory or lower compute cycles on Cloud Sites for example. This is achieved through various levels of static page caching and a highly optimized database. Let’s take a look at the options.

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UPDATED: Using Cloud Files & The Limelight CDN

In the past few months the Rackspace Cloud development team has made significant improvements to the built in file manager inside the control panel. I’ve recorded a new video demo using the latest and greatest which now has a much nicer look/feel and supports multiple file uploads.

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Rackspace / Mosso Cloud Files Demo

Below is a short video tutorial I put together showing how easy it is to get up and running using the Rackspace Cloud Files platform. It demonstrates uploading content to Cloud Files through the file manager utility in the Rackspace Cloud control panel and how to enable caching through the Limelight global CDN network with just a few clicks.

In fact, the video you are watching below is being served straight from Cloud Files through Limelight! Fast isn’t it?

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