Performance Updates – Caching

There’s nothing I hate more than a slow website. I’m somewhat obsessed with performance on this site so I spent some time recently to implement caching. There were two parts to this effort:

  1. Implement both database and application caching on the server level (Linux).
  2. Implement a caching plugin that would cache the blogging software and all the bits and pieces that make up this site.

The plugin I decided to use is called W3 Total Cache by Frederick Townes because it makes use of server caching (in memory vs. disk). The server caching software I selected is memcached. Combined, these two solutions should improve overall performance.

Since I’m running my own server, I had to do a little research to get memcached operational. Fortunately Frederick has some great instructions in his plugin documentation.

If you encounter any problems, let me know.

New Feature – Google Maps

I needed a way to show maps for ride postings and found a great plugin called MapPress by Chris Richardson. It doesn’t show waypoints so I’ll have to come up with another solution for that. Meanwhile you’ll at least know the general area (or staging area) of where I traveled. Below is a map example showing the city where I live. All I had to do was enter “Anthem, AZ” and the plugin took care of the rest.

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Jerome Ride – 2009 September

During the week I received an email from one of the guys on Riding Arizona asking if I wanted to join him and some others to ride around Jerome, AZ. The timing was perfect because I just got my ATV back from the shop (oil leak), and I hadn’t gone riding in several weeks. I’d never been to Jerome or Mingus Mountain but it sounded like a good time so I decided to go.

Ride Date: 9/13/2009 • Location: Jerome, AZ • Riders: 3 • Skill Level: Intermediate

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