The Easiest Way to Install Nginx as a Reverse Proxy

If you are reading this article, I am assuming that you have already decided to install Nginx (pronounced “engine-x”) as a reverse proxy in front of Apache. There a number of compelling reasons to do so including better performance and increased security. Nginx as a reverse proxy plays well with WordPress and Drupal right out of the box – I highly recommend its implementation on your server. If you aren’t scared of SSH and command lines, setting up Nginx is… Read More

WordPress WP Ecommerce vs. WooCommerce

I have been working on a website this week that makes use of the WP Ecommerce plugin. When I first started on this website, it was extremely slow which was why I was asked to investigate. After deactivating the plugins one-by-one, I discovered that the WP Ecommerce plugin was the culprit. The website contains more than 1400 products,hundreds of variations, and almost 100 categories. I ran some diagnostics  and discovered that the site is producing some very slow MySQL queries, some of… Read More