Gallery: how to improve performance

wordpress

#1

My gallery installation takes infinite time to load and is generally very sluggish.

I don’t even have all that many photos or plugins!

Are there any best practices or configurations to improve this?


#2

How about your other pages? Are the slow as your gallery as well?

If so, I think something is wrong with your server and you should send a ticket to DH support.

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#3

My gallery pages are pretty egrigious. The other ones are ok. WP can get pretty slow too.


#4

What are you caching/acceleration setttings?

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#5

I notice similar lagging on my gallery pages. My suggestions, as dtc suggested:

1.) turn on full caching in gallery. (I picked full acceleration)
2.) turn on cache in wordpress, and look into supercache. I upped my cache period to something like 5 days as well…

I think sql performance tends to be the killer on dreamhost, though I’m not enough of an expert to know.

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#6

I’ve found that a caching php accelerator (such as xcache or eaccelerator) makes a significant difference in performance with gallery and wordpress. It’s not incredibly simple to setup at dreamhost, but it is probably worth it.

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#7

I’ve implemented SuperCache, but people comment on my entries a lot, which defeats the purpose. :frowning:

Also, I think there are NFS issues involving Dreamhost and Supercache. Yesterday, one of my blogs wouldn’t work until I turned OFF supercache/cache.


#8

It appears that to do that, I will need to have a custom install of PHP.

How awfully painful is that? And more importantly, how awfully painful is maintaining this?


#9

My experience with xcache is on my own server, and I have not yet done a custom install of PHP on dreamhost. It doesn’t look like it would be too much trouble.

If I did a custom install I would probably compile PHP with suhosin (hardened-php) support. This, combined with modsecurity, reduces the need to update PHP as often. On my old server I would update php 1-2 times per year, and even with running very old versions of phpbb and gallery, there were never any security breaches. That server ran without compromise for 3 years until I canceled it.

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#10

Any good howtos or walkthroughs or docs on how to install/use xcache on Dreamhost?

I’d love to see a boost in my wordpress blogs as well.


#11

I haven’t seen one for dreamhost specifically, but I have seen people mention that it works. I’d check out the php dreamhost tutorial, and look at the tutorial on the xcache website.

I have put all of the php cache plugins into production (mmcache, phpa, eaccelerator, xcache, etc), and xcache was the only one I didn’t have trouble with at some point. It works very well. It would be worth trying to install, even if no dreamhost-specific instructions exist.

I’ll put up instructions as soon as I have time to do implement it myself.

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