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While "performance" is a very complex topic on its' own, let us in this posting define it as the speed of the website and the process to optimize the speed of the website (or better broader, the experience of the speed by the user as performance.
Given that most sites run on the same hardware for years, this results in slower websites, leading to a lower pagerank, less traffic, less pages per visit, lower conversion rates. And in the end, if you a have a business case for your website, lower profits. Bottemline: If you make money online, you are losing this due to a slow website.
A page can be just the HTML file (can be done in 50ms)
Speedy to the rescue?
The downside of SPDY is however that is is hard to troublshoot and not yet avaliable in all browsers. It is hard to troubleshoot since most implementations use SSL, the protocol is multiplexed and zipped by default and not made to be read by humans unlike HTTP/1.0. There are however some tools that make it possible to test SPDY but most if not all tools you use every day like ab, curl, wget will fail to use SPDY and fallback like defined in the protocol to HTTP/1.0
So more users, less errors under load and a lower page load time. What is there not to like about SPDY?
Pinterest itself is doing some good work when it comes to performance as well. Not just speed but also the perception of speed.
Now say this fast after me: SPDY FTW. :-)
Let your webservers accesslog be the source of a game of pong :-)
If you are a brew OSX user, a oneliner to install :-)
Next weekend on Sunday, February 7, we'll have a full day of Drupal talks at the 10th edition of FOSDEM, Europe's biggest, free-est and open-est software conference.
FOSDEM, is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet. The Drupal project was granted a developer room at FOSDEM to do exactly that: to share knowledge about Drupal.
The presentations schedule for the devroom was published a week ago on http://groups.drupal.org/fosdem. It features interesting speakers such as Robert Douglass, Károly Négyesi, Roel de Meester and Kristof van
On Friday the giantesque beer event kicks off the conference. For Drupalistas there is a sprint on Saturday in Zaventem.
Please join, I have been to a couple of FOSDEM's and if you ever attended an Oreilly or Gartner con, you are in for a surprise :-)
FOSDEM takes place at ULB Campus Solbosch in Brussels.
I finnaly moved this website from my 15 year old pentium 166 with a load over 20 to some better iron, some decent 3 year old hardware. The new machine had a newer PHP version and my /ancient/ Drupal install was fine with that. However, I was unable to log in. Took me some time to see if this was caching or Cookie related but found it, adding
So this website should be more stable now, and faster. I will get a new ADSL line in a couple of week upgrading to 20Mb so should be even faster in some time. With some downtime however, I will get a new IP address as well and need to change my zones when I know what this address will be.
Thank you bas for giving me "havenmeester" (aka tug) 5 years ago. Even at that time dated hardware but served me well. It is just that the fan of the CPU makes an enormous amount of noise now.
shutdown -h now.
We salute you Tug, the oldest webserver on the net :-)
What do Apache, Perl, Drupal, the Linux operating system, Google, Novell, Acquia and Joost have in common?
OSUOSL is -for those who don't know- the hosting and housing party of many open source projects, such as Linux (the kernel), MythTV, Mozilla, Apache, Gnome and yes... Drupal!
Dries on the advisory council is great recognition of his talents but more, important for Drupal. We -the Drupal community- now have a more direct line towards the OSUOSL, more the "just" on the operational level we now have a line towards a more tactical / strategical level. That and Dries (and thereby the Drupal community) now has an even better connection towards Apache, Perl, the Linux operating system, Google, Novell and Joost.
I have been in datacentre and Internet routing for a bigger part of my career and the service we get from OSUOSL is worth a couple of k's per month, and we get that for free! So you might want to sponsor rack 2 of OSUOSL and thereby getting even closure to Drupal!
Congrats to Dries (well deserved) and good news for Drupal as well!