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. When you send your Skype Add Contact request, include how you found me (who referred you) + what we’ll be talking about. This will allow me to determine you’re a real human, rather than Skype Bot or Skype Scammer.

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/hour 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 cure even the most advanced insomnia.

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 Radical Health + Wetware Hacking + Redoing Yourself in backroom Masterminds + 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.