New Category – The Lab + W3 Total Cache

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Today we officially released a new category in our system called “The Lab”

We have many, many stories about trials and tribulations when it comes to plugin management, software (desktop and web-based), and trying out new technologies.

The first post in this category will be WordPress based.
Because i spend most of my day dealing with the system, i have a few plugins i have tried and almost make my customers install against their will.. “sorry sir but i cant do anything more for your website security or speed until you INSTALL W3!”

Yes W3 Total Cache is the one,. the only plugin i insist on. if you ever look at the source code of Purple Turtle Productions you will see that our source files come from cdn.w3bdesign.ca, cdn2.w3bdesign.ca, cdn3.w3bdesign.ca and cdn.myturtlewebsite.com. W3 does this.

Ok..maybe not all by itself .. we had to help it.. but it saved us going through all the source code of all of our theme files and changing all the source files by hand! It includes a nifty little section called CDN, which you can plug your amazon (or whatever) cloudfront cname into and presto! it will upload the files and everything.

Another reason i INSIST on W3 is the .htaccess caching system.
I often need to write ip limitations, allow/deny, 301’s (redirects) and all the other good stuff that we need to start the security process. In doing so i have picked up a few tricks over the years to mod an .htaccess file pretty good. Keep out the bad bots.. allow url re-writing.. all kinds. If you ever have the opportunity to view your .htaccess file after W3 had its sweet hands on it.. from a programmers point of view its really beautiful. The code is perfectly laid out, they include everything i could think of or do myself plus caching like i never dreamed.

I have actually had a customer that needed website caching implemented a little while ago.. it was late., and i was tired. Instead of me typing out about 50 lines of code (short sentences:) i went into my own .htaccess, stripped out the incompatible junk .. and pasted it into his .. and that website wasn’t even WordPress! I was in bed in 20 minutes.

Worked ever since.

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