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Nginx

Blitz.io makes load testing fun

This is an old post. It may contain broken links and outdated information. Web site performance has been on my mind a lot lately. An average day for this blog means serving only a few hundred visitors and maybe 4-500 page views, but bigdinosaur.org also hosts the Chronicles of George, which carries with it a much higher average load; on days when a link hits Reddit or a popular Facebook page, the CoG can clock 10-12,000 pageviews. This is still small potatoes compared to a truly popular site, but it pays to be prepared for anything and everything. Setting up a web server to be as fast as possi…

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Vanilla forums on Nginx

This is an old post. It may contain broken links and outdated information. A few years ago I created a web site called the Chronicles of George, featuring some badly-written help desk tickets from the job I had at the time. It gained me some small amount of Internet fame (but no fortune), and developed a loyal community of sympathizers. For a long time we hung out on a self-hosted phpbb forum, but a change in web hosting led to the opportunity to also change the forum software away from something as hack-prone and complex as phpbb to something faster, simpler, and ostensibly more secure: Vanil…

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MediaWiki on Nginx

This is an old post. It may contain broken links and outdated information. I host a small Minecraft server with maybe a couple dozen players total, and for the past several months we've been using a wiki to catalog our achievements. I started with DokuWiki, a flat-file wiki, because I was reluctant to weigh down a webserver with a database just to host a small wiki, but now that Bigdinosaur.org is hosting some more things and needs a database, it seemed time to switch over to MediaWiki, the wiki engine that powers Wikipedia and the whole MedkaWiki foundation network of sites. There are lots of…

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Gzipping @font-face with Nginx

This is an old post. It may contain broken links and outdated information. In a previous post, I discussed how to alter Octopress's configuration to serve web fonts via the @font-face CSS method. This works great and will get your Octopress site working with locally-served web fonts, but there's some optimization that can be done on the web server side; specifically, three of the four types of web font files are compressable and benfit from being gzipped by Nginx (or whatever web server you're using) as they're served out to your site's readers. We use Nginx here at the Bigdinosaur.org compoun…

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Using @font-face with Octopress

This is an old post. It may contain broken links and outdated information. Octopress comes with awesome support for Google Web Fonts, which lets you quickly and easily add fonts to your web site from Google's large library, but Google Web Fonts have their drawbacks. Using one Google Web Font will have little impact on your site's load time, but every additional font you add to your web page increases the page's load time, as clients must use additional HTTP requests to pull the web fonts from Google's servers while at the same time loading your page and its contents. Plus, sometimes you want t…

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