PHP 8 Compatibility Check and Performance Tips.

PHP 7 was first released back on 03 Dec 2015. Yes, it’s been around a while! The PHP team encouraged upgrading to PHP 7, hailing its improvements such as being twice as fast, consistent 64-bit support, removing old and unsupported SAPIs and extensions, and improved fatal error resistance, to name a few. A few years […]

Serving your blog from full-page-cache CDN locations

Ask yourself, would you stick around if this page didn’t load almost immediately, but instead, there was a blank white page for a few seconds? Around half of the internet’s users leave if it takes longer than 2 seconds to load a web page. Two years ago, I used Cloudflare’s Page Rules, specifically the “Cache […]

Are you measuring Linux web server memory usage correctly?

This article was first published in 2014. Afterwhich, there was a welcomed change to the Linux kernel in 2016; as mentioned in the 2017 article: Does your Linux server need a RAM upgrade? Let’s check with free, top, vmstat and sar. As outlined here, memory is now marked as available by the Linux kernel: “Estimation of […]

78% of the web powered by PHP (3% on PHP 8)

Today, PHP is used by almost 78% of all the websites whose server-side programming language we know. Popular websites such as Slack, Etsy, Wikipedia, WordPress, Mailchimp, Canva, Indeed, Investing.com, and others are powered by PHP. However, in the coming months, many websites that fail to upgrade to the latest version of PHP 8 will be […]

G-Core Labs CDN Review

G-Core Labs has its cloud and edge solutions ecosystem where Content Delivery Network (CDN) initially have had an important role. Unlike other providers, the company offers all the benefits of deep integration between CDN and Cloud, Storage, DDoS Protection, Web Application Firewall (WAF) and other cloud services at affordable rates. With it, G-Core Labs CDN […]

Is Cloudflare Argo worth it?

Cloudflare Argo reduces network latency on average by 30% and connection errors by 27%. Traditional network technologies use static routing information, which can be slower and often use congested paths. Slow loading times and connection timeouts increase the likelihood of poor user experience. The Cloudflare company routes 20% of all internet traffic. This provides them […]

50 Top Observability and Monitoring Solutions – 2022

Back in 2014, I compiled a list of top server and application performance monitoring solutions. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on other tools available. Over time that list grew from 20 to over 100 server monitoring and APM solutions! Because of its growing size, I’ve created a smaller, more […]

25 Best CDN Providers 2022

A content delivery network also referred to as a content distribution network (CDN), is a geographically distributed network of data centers containing proxy servers. CDN providers serve internet content, including web objects (text, graphics, and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media, to name closer to and thus faster, to end-users. Some of […]

Linux benchmark scripts and tools

This list of Linux benchmark scripts and tools should prove helpful for quick performance checks of CPU, storage, memory, and network on Linux servers and VPS. Check each script before running from the command line. Most of these scripts will benchmark the CPU, memory, storage, and network. In most cases, the CPU Model, frequency, number […]