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Why not adsense in wordpress dot com by mozey
March 13, 2007, 7:42 pm
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Adsense has been a blogger’s friend for ages now. I wonder why does’nt allow us to put our own adsense? We do blog for the love it, that i will admit. It totally creeped out on my as a VERY addictive passtime. Having said that, i would still like to make a buck or two if i can!.

I”M SURE this is something that they have talked about, and considered etc. However, nothing i have read or heard about. Does anyone know what does is thinking about adsense?


I just read the following on wordpress’s features page

“To support the service we may occasionally show Google text ads on your blog, however we do this very rarely. In the future you’ll be able to purchase an upgrade to either turn the ads off or show your own ads and make money from your blog.”

SO thats REALLY something to lookforward to. Thank you WP for all of your hard work.


Sysadmin competition by mozey
February 16, 2007, 9:39 pm
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So i had a dream that Bruce Lee looked at me and said:

It is not the technology that matter, it is the professional administering it.

I have been thinking about this for some while now. A good sys admin will use which ever tools in his disposal to make what YOU want happen. Well, this is a sweeping overstatment!, but there is some truth to it.

Keeping that in mind, it would be a nifty idea to create a competition for sys admins which consist of a well defined problem, some hardware, and some time to put them together. We have had programming competitions in university, but they were very algorithmic in nature, and very pgorammy.

I think the dude from would do a good job at them!. Geees, 2 million hits an HOUR, with ONE WINDOWS WEB SERVER!. How the hell (checkout!!!!

There few types of sys admins, i’m talking about the ones who design systems. Not just maintain it. Usually they differ by years of experience and Seniority.

Using AB to benchmark wordpress by mozey
February 14, 2007, 6:23 pm
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Okay people, i often heard the words “Requests Per Second” with respect to a CMS installation on a server. After doing a BIT of work, i learned what tools will allow you to measure that. Which could become very useful if you are trying to see how well your server bEe hIvE under high load.

There are few tools out there, i’m going to talk about one:

AB Which abriviates Apache Benchmark. Very simple command line tool which just does the trick quick, and easy. Here is how i use it.

ab -n 100 -c 5

  • -n: Is the number of hits which it will generate.
  • -c: Number of threads which it will run to simulate the number of people.

You can get fancy with this by using the -p switch to specify a file which contains post values. So

ab -n 100 -c 5 -p fancypostfile.txt

where your fancypostfile.txt looks like this




Okay, so assume that you would like to add a username and a password authentication. You can do that by using the -A switch like so.

ab -n 100 -c 5 -p fancypostfile.txt -A username:password

You can also play around with jmeter and grinder as an alternative to AB. But they are probably for more advance use. Unless your doing something of a REALLY large scale, ab will suffice.


You can run this from any shell promt around the world!, HOWEVER, i recommend using this test on your hosted server machine because it will eleminate the factors of network delays etc and will allow you to evaluate your application more clearly.

You would excecute these commands on your shell accounts. So you would have to have an SSH username/password/server and you would something like Putty to login and excecute these commands (If your a windows user). Another thing i would like to make clear, THIS DOES NOT SPEED UP YOUR APPLICATION. It will simply tell you how fast/slow it is right now!.

two million page views an hour by mozey
February 13, 2007, 9:17 pm
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Okay!, so few interesting stuff here!. So apperently runs on a microsoft server!, so mentioned in Also, he is doing two million page views an hour on ONE machine!. I mean, i know i’m new to all of this, but i KNOW this is really good!.

Scaling wordpress using what method by mozey
February 7, 2007, 4:17 pm
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Okay, so i’m involved in a project where i have to scale wordpress MU to 50,000+ users. I’m new to this whole scaling game, but i do get the bottom line of it and i have enough skills to make it happen. So i did a bunch of reading, and here are the options which i found out of googling for an hour. PLEASE, we NEED FEEDBACK 🙂
Wordpress MU scaling 1: The most simple solution was presented in this MU support thread, As showen in the diagram on the side. His main stratagy is to install “out of the box” MU on a whole bunch of machine, and to find a way to distrubte the traffic  between all of them using apache rewriting rules. To achive that, he is using a local DNS which would be a MUCH better idea than using IPes. This idea is simple to implement and it requires NO messing around with any code.

2:  The second way (dont have a picture for it yet) which i’m thinking of doing is a bit more involved but it does make more sense to me. So, you will have a load balancer in the front, distributing the load among X amount of web servers. The webservers will have nothing but apache and MU on them. They will store no information other than sessions. Mounted to these servers, we’re going to have file servers which have LOTS of space on them, this is where all the user files will be kept. And finally the DB’s, this is where most of the work is going to happen. THe idea is to create LOTS of databases, and to determine what user should be using what DB based on thier user name. Best explained by Matt.

It would also be possible to have some sort of domain based key with random distribution, for example you could take an MD5 hash of the incoming username, then use the first character of that hash to go to one of 16 clusters or databases. If you grow beyond that start using the first two characters, which increases your number of machines by a factor. Then when you grow more use the first 3 characters… 🙂

The second way requires fiddling with the source code. Which i dont mind doing, but i just want to make SURE that i HAVE to. 🙂