WordPress on HHVM – Now easier with 3.9!!

WordPress finds the Easy Button.
WordPress just pushed the Easy Button on HHVM
WordPress 3.9 is out. And it has some slick new post editing features. I’m sure you’re ready to grab it and go. But wait. Remember when we set up our WordPress blog on HHVM and we had to make a small tweak to the file:

wp-includes/wp-db.php

In the latest 3.9 version of WordPress, it looks like there has been a change to the WordPress code. The previous line that we had to hack:

define( 'OBJECT', 'OBJECT', true );

Is now:

define( 'OBJECT', 'OBJECT' );
define( 'object', 'OBJECT' ); // Back compat.

In other words, fear not the upgrade. That’s the end of that little hack.

Thanks WordPress!

Magento on HHVM

More Internetz!  Yay!
Wonder if they have donuts…
Not a new article. But this article was recently featured on the PHP Weekly newsletter. Coderoncode has a little how to on setting up Magento for HHVM. I don’t use Magento, but I know a lot of WordPress bloggers who do e-Commerce do. So if you have been enjoying the riveting series I’ve posted on HHVM for a really fast WordPress install, and you use Magento as well, give the article a looksee.

Whip-Snapping Fast WordPress with Nginx and HHVM-Part Number The Last

Silly Travolta.  You can't make blogs with your mind!
Silly Travolta. You can’t make blogs with your mind!
Phenomenal job! You’ve got HHVM spitting out PHP and Nginx spitting out…lots of other stuff, and WordPress is sitting there serving up your mind bullets to everyone who comes by.

Where are you going? You’re not done. There’s a few more steps before you are finished setting up your super duper fast WordPress blog and then you can post two or three posts before finally forgetting all about it and letting your blog languish in the internet backwaters for years until your host pulls the plug because you forgot you even had a server bill to pay. So much to look forward to! Continue reading Whip-Snapping Fast WordPress with Nginx and HHVM-Part Number The Last

Whip-Snapping Fast WordPress with Nginx and HHVM-Part 3

Smoking Server
I love it when a post comes together.
Ok, folks, here’s where it all comes together to finally get our HHVM/Nginx server spitting out some really fast WordPress.

So in our last episode, our heroes (that’s us) installed Nginx and HHVM to get php going on the server…Now we’re almost ready to install WordPress, but first we need to install our database. Continue reading Whip-Snapping Fast WordPress with Nginx and HHVM-Part 3

Whip-Snapping Fast WordPress with Nginx and HHVM-Part 2

hhvm and nginx oh my
Everyone watched as the Wicked Witch spanked out some wicked HHVM.

Nginx and HHVM and WordPress, oh my!

Nginx is a relatively young web server that is picking up popularity.  The reason it’s becoming so popular is that it doesn’t use a lot of resources, and it’s blistering fast at delivering static content like images and text.  Nginx doesn’t do PHP itself.  For that you need to run PHP through something like fastcgi or PHP-FPM….Or, the new wicked fast HHVM.
Continue reading Whip-Snapping Fast WordPress with Nginx and HHVM-Part 2

How to Set Up a Whip Snapping Fast WordPress blog with HHVM and NGINX – Part 1

Allow me to whip your performance into shape.
Allow me to whip your performance into shape.

You want your blog to be reliable and fast.  And you want to make sure it can handle all of those millions of visitors you’re going to get from being on the first page of Reddit every day.  Shared hosting (while it is getting better) isn’t going to cut it for you.  You need your blog to have Ludicrous Speed™.

Continue reading How to Set Up a Whip Snapping Fast WordPress blog with HHVM and NGINX – Part 1

Welcome to my Necroblog

Blog Resurrected
Zombie Read

Behold!  Much like the zombies that are currently invading American televisions, I am raising this blog from the web grave.  Feel the chills.  Grab an Icee.

Yes, I realize what a tragedy it was when this blog went dark a few years ago.  Both of you readers out there probably missed it terribly.   But you may ask, why bring it back now?

Well some things have changed.  For one, GoDaddy, the company for which I work, revised their Social Media policy within the last year, allowing employees to be more open, just so long as we are sure to be clear that we represent only our own personal opinions, and do not represent the opinions of GoDaddy in any way.

(By the way, on this blog, I will represent only my own opinion, and do not represent the opinion of GoDaddy in any way.)

Previously this blog was all about code.  And so it will be again.  Or at least things with a geekly bent.  My older blog had a lot of basic coding examples because I happened to be involved in teaching basic PHP programming in my last job.  But there’s a lot of basic get started stuff out there now.  I think I would like to explore some more interesting topics – but still which can be read without having to go out and purchase a PhD from eBay.

Lastly, I will just point out that this zone is under construction, so make sure you wear a hard hat and please don’t mind the sawdust on the floor for the next few weeks or so.