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It was time to upgrade to something a little faster.

Today was moving day for matricellc.com.  We didn’t quite expect to move, but performance with our old site was so bad that we could not wait any longer. We moved our site to bluehost.com, which we also use for hosting other sites and have had excellent performance.  I had considering going hardcore and deploying on AWS (Amazon Web Services), but I thought better of it. That would have been the equivalent of swatting a fly with small tactical nuclear device.  We needed more power and speed, but not that much.

If you were one of the unfortunate visitors to our site that has suffered through slow page loads, I apologize and thank you for your patience.  We may have some intermittent hiccups in the next day or two, but please be patient and I promise we will have it worked out.

I would like to give a nod to the fine folks at Life in the Grid for their outstanding WordPress plugin, Duplicator. This plugin made it possible to migrate our site from one web server to another, on a completely new database, in less than 30 minutes.  It was up and running with nary a hitch.

If you are interested in how we did this, let me know and I’ll write a post.

XAMPP

Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl

This is a fantastic post from acclaimed blogger , explaining how to install WordPress on your local PC workstation:

Xampp WordPress: Install WordPress Locally on Windows.

For those of you who are not familiar with XAMPP, it is a collection, or ‘stack’, of tools which essentially provides you with all of the functionality of a live webserver, but is installed locally on your machine.  The major components are Apache HTTP server, MySQL database, PHP, and Perl, but there are a number of additions that are available.  This is an ideal environment for development of all sorts, but I find it especially useful to use when developing and testing our various WordPress sites, including this one.  It is also good for general web development.

I like things that are useful and Ms. McKeown’s post is one of those things.  For those of you in the Mac, Linux, or *gasp* Solaris camp, you should be able to do the same thing, with some modifications to the localhost based on your OS requirements.