[wp-hackers] compression and caching

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Mon Dec 28 14:39:58 UTC 2009

On Sun, Dec 27, 2009 at 12:26 AM, Micah <wp at twolanedesign.com> wrote:
> Compression is a means to an end for more efficient CPU load and faster page
> speeds using caching. That's how I was relating it.

Except that it's not always faster or more efficient. Everything
depends on the specific configuration involved.

In particular, what if your server isn't storing the filesystem
locally? If your filesystem is network mounted (NFS), then it's quite
possible for a file-based caching solution to be slower to the point
that it actually bogs down your network.

You can't make any blanket statements about what's "better", because
that depends entirely on the configuration of your particular system.

> I agree that there are a lot of good caching plugins but the fact that
> caching is enabled only through plugins goes against speeding things up even
> if in practice it is a small effect.

Plugins are not automatically slower than non-plugins. It's all just
code. It doesn't magically get any faster by being in the core.


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