Category: speed

What Is a CDN and How Does It Work?

CDN – you keep seeing the acronym. Maybe in URLs, maybe on landing pages, but it never quite clicked – what are Content Delivery Networks, what do they do exactly? We’ll explain in this overview article, and demonstrate on two popular ones in followup posts. CDN Basics A CDN is a network of computers...

Up and Running with the Fastest PHP Framework on PHP7 in 5 Mins

You may remember our past infatuation with Phalcon, the fastest PHP framework. In this post, we’ll go through the process of getting it up and running in 5 minutes on one of our Homestead Improved instances. If you’re not interested in why or what Phalcon is, just skip ahead to “Setting it up”. ...

Can Symfony Apps Be Fast on Vagrant? Let’s Check with SuluCMS!

In this short tutorial, we’ll set up Sulu and optimize on a Vagrant environment. Why a dedicated tutorial handling this? Besides the fact that Sulu has a rather complex initialization procedure, it is based on Symfony which is infamously slow on virtual machines with shared filesystems, and thus needs additional opti...

Performance: Really Accelerate WordPress Websites [#2]

Welcome back to “how to accelerate WordPress websites.” In the first part of our series, we’ve addressed the importance of the correct web-hosting solution. While doing so, we’ve answered questions on what advantages come with the hosting on SSDs, and why it’s important that HTTP/2 is acti...

Speeding up Existing Apps with a Redis Cache

We’ve gone through the basics of Redis in PHP before, but it’s time to cover a real life use case. In this tutorial, we’ll add it to an already deployed application to give the app the appearance of speed. You can easily follow along by cloning the 0.6 release of the app. The Problem Before applying a solution, ...