My Background

You can peruse my Techical Resume for details about this.

My last 10 years doing onsite client work was at IBM Corp working on HACMP where IBM paid clients $25,000/day for any outage caused by HACMP.

WordPress Plugins For Improved Performance

  1. Retina Stripper

    • This zero config plugin can dramatically reduce server load + dramatically increase overall site speed, if any theme or plugin you’re using includes the poorly thought out + implemented retina.js library. Retina Stripper README covers technical details + reading will blackout even the most advanced insomniacs.

Blazing Fast Websites

In 2005, I retired from onsite client work + began using what I learned starting from my first consulting gig in 1979 for my own projects.

In 2013, a general mutiny at a Keith Baxter Mastermind ensued between members where they demanded I make my tech available to them…​ so…​ to escape the room with my life I agreed.

At the time I thought the massive saturation of hosting companies meant there were many companies providing high speed hosting. I was wrong. Hardly any hosting company can deliver this simple premise.

This became evident when I migrated my first client off an expensive Rackspace server to a $100/month (well tuned) server + their WordPress site throughput increased from 0.66 requests/second to 5000+ requests/second.

I still run Sun Fire Super Foods so I have good food on my table.

I still speak about Wetware Hacking + Redoing Yourself at underground conferences.

And for the rest of my life, my primary focus will likely be turning my private hosting services into public facing services.

Tech Used

How I do this is simple.

  1. Use http://Ubuntu.com for host system environment.

  2. Use LXC containers (Ubuntu or Alpine) for sites.

  3. Run LXC containers on specific server machine hardware…​

    • Many CPUs, to reduce context switching. This is where a CPU has to suspend + point to another place in memory to execute new code. Many slow CPUs always run faster than few fast CPUs for Websites.

    • Have massive memory available + tune sites to always run out of memory, so only disk reads for sites occur on first visit to a pace. Only disk writes occur when a database record is updated.

Pretty simple to understand. Most sites are disk bound. They constantly thrash disk, meaning same records are read over + over to render a site page view.

Running out of memory simply circumvents all these slow disk operations.

How Much Will This Cost You?

Sites I host range from $100/month to $1,000/month on average. I have hosted some sites at $10,000/month for a client which had to deal with 500,000+ uniques/hour for November + December of one year.

Site cost relates to resources required to run a site. This has very little to do with page views or uniques. If a site is tooled well, very little resource is required to deliver content pages. Tooled poorly, some low traffic sites require massive resources.

In general, if you’re paying $100+/month I can assist you. If you’re paying $1,000+/month likely I’ll help you sleep way better at night as providing similar cost services from me, will likely increase your conversions + produce a far more stable site.

Contacting Me

Please only contact me if you have a serious project. If your hosting budget is <$100/month, best you host elsewhere till your traffic + conversions increase to a point you require Fast Stable Hosting.

Then Skype me at ID davidfavor + we’ll talk about your project.