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Post Revamped Forum Structure
on: October 3, 2017, 12:58
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I’ve totally reorganized the forum structure — renaming, moving, and adding topics that I hope will make it easier for not only organizing our thoughts but making it easier to do so. You’ll also find you can go right to the sub-forum of your choice from the Forum menu at the top. The menus are now hierarchical.

You are encourage to make use of it as you like.

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Post Re: Revamped Forum Structure
on: October 4, 2017, 14:33
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Regarding the forum reorganization, note that I’ve added a “Breaking News/Current Events” sub-forum. I’m not an organizing Nazi I hope to have a place for everything and everything in its place. Use it as you will.

I realize that we live in the echo chamber era of Facebook so unless you get a hundred “likes” or a thousand views, it’s as if it didn’t happen and didn’t count, notwithstanding the Biblical truth that to God “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

In our world we generally require plenty of back-slapping and unless your hairs are figuratively on fire, no one is counting them. Unless one gets immediate gratification, it doesn’t matter. I was having this discussion with my brother the other day. He’s sort of like me. You can do something useful on the web but generally anything practical, useful, or just plain sane or normal gets ignored. We’re all becoming drama queens.

So I see this place as a monastery where the monks are all happy to work in relative obscurity in the warm glow of candlelight on projects perhaps a little more meaningful than sharing cat photos or posting political graphics. This is an exhortation for my fellow monks to make use of this site, and this forum, as you will. The beauty of the forum is that I don’t have to intervene. And if you are a “front page only” kind of person, well, there’s always Facebook.

If anyone thinks there is a need (or wants to use) a new sub-forum, just let me know. I could add one for photography, for instance.

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Post Re: Revamped Forum Structure
on: October 12, 2017, 13:29
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I got this note from my hosting provider. Let me know if you notice any speed improvements over the coming week or so:

We're adding a free new feature to boost the PHP performance of sites hosted on your DreamHost VPS!

Over the next week, we'll be rolling out "OPcache" for domains hosted on your managed Virtual Private Server.

OPcache is a PHP accelerator that makes your site faster by keeping code in memory instead of loading it on every page request. Since code doesn't have to be loaded from disk repeatedly, you'll also see reduced CPU and memory usage on your VPS. That means you'll be able to do more with less power!

OPcache replaces the outdated "XCache" option which was previously available on virtual private servers. Unlike XCache, OPcache is supported on all versions of PHP that DreamHost offers, so there's no special configuration required to make it work.

XCache will not work with PHP 7 or newer versions, so it is no longer recommended.

Combined with PHP 7, OPcache can often double the performance of WordPress sites. We're pretty excited about it, and can't wait for you to experience the magic and wonder of OPcache for yourself!

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Post Re: Revamped Forum Structure
on: October 19, 2017, 11:01
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Well, performance has increased...presumably due to whatever behind-the-scenes stuff that DreamHost has done. I've got a utility that can show your load times, particularly in regards to the impact of all the plug-ins you've added on. The plugin load time has decreased from 1.54 seconds to 0.657 seconds. That's over two times faster, so that's something.

On the back backend control panel I can't see where it's using any less memory.

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