Thijs Feryn about WordPress scaling

WordPress remains the world’s most popular Content Management System – it powers more than 27% of large and small websites, and this percentage continues to rise. Therefore, the WordPress community is very active: info sessions and workshops are regularly organised, as well as meetups and WordCamps, in order to present the latest developments and share knowledge.

On 5 and 6 June 2016, the first WordCamp Antwerp was held in the Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp. Combell was one of the gold sponsors of this very successful event. Among the many speakers was Combell’s tech evangelist Thijs Feryn, who gave a fascinating presentation about the importance of having a good caching strategy.

Smart caching

Under the motto “Don’t recompute if the data hasn’t changed”, he explained how the performance of a WordPress website can be optimised by caching static data using Varnish.

Through practical examples, he explained how Varnish Configuration Language can help you determine which elements should be (or should not be) cached and how Varnish must deal with SSL/TLS and cookies. The importance of a good 'Time to Live' was also discussed.
You can watch this captivating presentation supported by a set of playful illustrations.

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