Speed up your WordPress site

January 12th, 2007

Although my site doesn’t really get much traffic, I tried to improve the site response.

The best way I found was to cache your site using the WP-Cache-2 Plugin by Ricardo Galli.

For a blog site, most contents usually won’t change very often. Even if you are really energetic and passionate, one post a day would be probably the most you can do.
However, the comments on your post can change much more frequently. If you set the cache to expire in 1 hour, new post or new comments in that hour would not show up because the old cache is still there. I guess this is still a bug for the plugin, but should be able to get fixed.

Other than the bug, the caching solution worked very well. I used Apache Benchmark (ab) tool to test the speed before and after enabling the caching plugin. The speed boost is almost 4 times with caching (from 800ms/request to 200ms/request)!

If you can bear with the cache expiration bug, this plugin is highly recommended for a busy WP site!

Apple’s iPhone – Sleek but pricey

January 9th, 2007


Just watched Steve Jobs’ keynote speech for the launch of iPhone. He is such a good speaker and I cannot imagine anyone replacing him as the best spokesman for Apple.

The iPhone was not a big surprise, as rumors had been around for a LONG time. However, the sleek look of the phone and the touch screen User-Interface still fascinated me. I liked Apple’s approach to small electronics. They built software to support their own hardware and the hard work definitely paid back. The success of Intel-based Macs and iPod showed their strength. No one else could do the same, well, except Microsoft (remember, they released Zune … ).

United Nation Indigenous People Dance

January 2nd, 2007

I wanted to try out the service from Youtube, so I uploaded this video I shot using my digital camera back in August, 2005, when I was visiting United Nation Headquarter in New York City.

Viper’s Video Quicktags plugin for WordPress was used to embed the video into this post. Really simple and easy. Great plugin!

New Year’s coming

December 31st, 2006

Best wishes to you for a wonderful Year of 2007! Hope your 2007 will be quiescent but also filled with joy and fun.

Pacific Beach San Diego