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MariaDB with LZ4 Compression Howto for CentOS

I really really wanted to run the latest MariaDB with LZ4 Page Compression.. it is a game changer for many types of large databases I deal with. So I compiled it manually in a way that is repeatable and follows best-practices and it's now powering this site. Now I can use InnoDB Page Compression with lzo, lzma, bzip2, snappy, or my favorite algorithm: LZ4.

Thought this would be a good chance to post a howto, and show that there is a lot you can do by compiling software yourself and breaking the package management one-click install shackles.

Linux, MySQL

Use FallbackResource for WordPress instead of mod_rewrite

Use FallbackResource for WordPress instead of mod_rewriteFallBackResource is a great alternative to using mod_rewrite to direct Apache to send all requests for non-existing files/directories to a script in WordPress. Htaccess and Server Config enabled.

Apache, httpd

Finding Global Memory Hogs in WordPress



TMUXTMUXStop wasting your lives with Mac Terminals.. or Macs. Get a real machine and then get a real shell multiplexer! For many years we all loved GNU Screen, but tmux is by far a better option today. The only time I am in the shell and not using a multiplexer, is when I'm not on one of my machines. My Arch Linux machines all run URxvt and my .bash_profiles all start tmux automataically, whether in X or single-user mode, tmux is where it's at.

Hacking, Linux

Caching WordPress with Batcache and Memcache

Caching WordPress with Batcache and MemcacheUsing memcache for me personally and the client sites I work on, has improved performance by over 1000%, in some cases even higher than that. It is a truly revolutionary way to optimize the performance of MySQL queries, remote requests such as to twitter or other apis, and this article is step 1. Plan is to go all the way to step 10 in future articles, it it grossly underused and misused in the WP world.

Optimization, WordPress

I got hacked

I got hackedWell, not this sites server, which has never been hacked, but a server hosted with hostgator.

Interestingly, the hacker sent me an email and left me an mp3, which I've uploaded for your listening leisure.

Do real hackers exist? Yes. Can we coexist? Preferably!


Stopping WordPress Exploits and Spam

Secure WP Super Cache, Anti-exploits, Mitigation techniques. A bunch of current ways to stop wordpress exploits and spam. block the most common wordpress exploits

Hacking, Htaccess, PHP, Security, WordPress

THE Ultimate Htaccess

.htaccess file tutorial .htaccess is a very ancient configuration file for web servers, and is one of the most powerful configuration files most webmasters will ever come across. This tutorial shows off the very best of the best htaccess tricks and code snippets.

You've come to the right place if you are looking to acquire mad skills for using .htaccess files!


The Website Obesity Crisis

Adding a 51st lane wont help


MySQL Performance Tuning Scripts and Know-How

MySQL Performance Tuning Scripts and Know-HowUnless you are a total linux-freak-guru like myself, and even if you are, it can be enormously challenging and somewhat overwhelming to locate and eliminate MySQL bottlenecks. While many DBAs focus on improving the performance of the queries themselves, this post will focus on the highest-impact items: MySQL Server Performance and OS Performance for MySQL. Specifically showing 4 awesome tools to auto-tune your MySQL and a few more tools just for monitoring!


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