WordCamp 2007: HyperDB and High Performance WordPress

Barry Abrahamson And Matt MullenwegWhat do you do when your blog goes from a thousand pageviews a day to a million? Well, you start out by watching this video of a lecture on HyperDB and High Performance WordPress given by Barry Abrahamson and Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp 2007, in which they explain how they scale WordPress.com across hundreds of servers and constantly tweak and improve performance.

This lecture occurred on Sunday July 22, 2007 from 10am-11am in San Francisco, CA at the Swedish American Hall.

The video is currently available on Viddler and as I get it uploaded to other places I’ll update this post. Keep in mind that you can leave tags and comments within the video embedded below by selecting the little icons that look like… well, comments and tags.

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  1. They strongly recommend wp-cache in this video, but do your homework before installing it. Didn’t work for me with 2.9.x, and I think the author stopped supporting it. This is an old video now, things have changed.

    Also, the made-up benchmarks for a fresh install are not useful, IMO. Don’t assume you can serve a “Hello World” post with no comments from a shared account 1 million times in a day because of this video.

  2. Jay Keating says:

    Great read…enjoyed the information and comments. Check out Video-ology.com for more videos and info.

  3. Brandon says:

    I made it about half way through the video and I axcedently clicked it..lol
    I seen the info about wp-cache, I’m going to add it to my wifes site see if it helps the page loads.

    Thanks for the info, I’ll watch the other half later tonight

  4. Some great information here, thanks a lot. To be honest I don’t think I’ll be having a problem with this kind of traffic! Wish I did though! I’m sure it is a nice problem to have to be fair :) Good luck with dealing with all that bandwidth though!

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