[wp-hackers] GSoC Proposal: Integrate WP-cache / WP Super Cache into WordPress

Matt speedboxer at gmail.com
Fri Feb 29 02:55:30 GMT 2008

The problem is, said crappy hosts are also likely to have poor
configerations that will cause even more problems. Sounds like a good
idea, though. However, it should be disabled by default.

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM, Ronald Heft <ron at cavemonkey50.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone. This is the first of at least few project proposals from
> myself for the upcoming Google Summer of Code 2008. I will be bouncing ideas
> off the WP-hackers list, so I'm looking for people's opinions of the
> project. Also, if any particular project excites you, feel free to volunteer
> as a mentor for the project.
> * Abstract *
> As WordPress accelerates in usage, more and more people are become exposed
> to WordPress-generated database error messages on popular social websites
> such as Digg.com. These error messages are by no means the fault of
> WordPress, just crappy shared hosting services. However, people are seeing
> WordPress as the perpetrator of these database crashes.
> Many of these crashes can be avoided by using a caching plugin such as
> WP-cache or WP Super Cache. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of caching
> solutions, or only find about about them when it's too late. My proposal is
> to integrate a caching solution directly into WordPress, making regular
> WordPress users more aware of caching, while making it more convenient to
> use.
> * Solution *
> - Talk to existing developers of WP-cache and WP Super Cache about there
> willingness to have their plugins included directly in core.
> - Investigate disadvantages to caching. Does caching require increased
> server requirements compared to a base WordPress install? Does caching pose
> any security threats?
> - Look over existing caching plugin code and improve upon where needed.
> Ensure adding caching requires no extra steps other than a CHMOD of
> wp-content.
> - Improve existing caching plugin interface, making it easy to understand,
> and as user friendly as possible.
> - Look over feature requests for caching plugins. Evaluate what features
> would be beneficial to include. See:
> http://wordpress.org/tags/wp-super-cache
> - Provide standardized plugin API, so plugins can disable sections of
> caching, eliminating plugin-related caching issues.
> - Investigate other areas of performance increases, optimizing WordPress
> queries and load times where applicable.
> --
> Ronald Heft, Jr.
> Information Sciences and Technology
> Pennsylvania State University
> cavemonkey50.com
> 9rules Network
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Matt (speedboxer at gmail.com)

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