ralphlucas

Hi, I'm ralphlucas, and I'm a Linux Systems Adminsitrator for a Web Hosting Provider, and I've been working in this position for about 10 years now. I LOVE IT!

My first exposure to Linux was in about 2011 when I got a job working for an IT reseller that needed me to pass Red Hat Linux certifications that allowed them to sell this version of Linux. I can still remember the day when I thought "I wonder if I can mount this CD-ROM as a file system, point a repo at it, then install stuff from the CD-ROM". It turns out you can, and at that point Linux became my go to OS. Goodbye to dialogue boxes, behind dialogue boxes, behind dialogue boxes, and BRING ON THE COMMAND LINE! I haven't looked back!

The above lead me to the job I work in now. After about 9 years of questions about Wordpress, Wordpress sites being slow, and Wordpress, Wordpress Wordpress, I thought I'd better get involved with the whole Wordpress thing a bit more.

That, and Liz Truss tanking the economy is basically what prompted me to start using Wordpress, offering people Wordpress sites, and blogging everything I'd find out, or worked out, so that everyone didn't have to do all the legwork that I'd had to.

It's been interesting to say the least, and I'll have to admit, I can see why a lot of people struggle with Wordpress, especially the optimisation side of things. This takes quite a lot of working out and you need to be able to do things like read page output and work out what's doing the undesirable thing you're trying to address.

My blog is really my own small effort to make the Wordpress side of things a bit easier for people, and for them to be able to gain the benefits of the various mad scientist experiments I've had to do.

Right now, I'm keen on object caching and the Litespeed web server. OOOSH! INSTA-PAGE LOAD! If you've optimised upstream, of course. How do you do that though? Well, there's a blog about that, I'm sure!

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