As promised, we’re going to be giving the hosting industry a tool for doing a proper “benchmark” as a means of evaluating your own WordPress capabilities in a standardized way. I’m going to start this post with a few definitions, since there has been a lot of misuse of the words and language in best practices.
Archive for the ‘Benchmarks’ Category
It seems like we’re entering the YouTube era of benchmarking.
You know how you can go on YouTube and find someone who knows almost nothing about the subject they are posting a video about? Well, benchmarking these days is kind of like that…
Permit me to introduce myself.
My name is Steven Antonucci, and I am the head of Business Development for LiteSpeed Technologies. In essence, I own sales and marketing for LiteSpeed, but I have a very technical background. I’ve been around the industry for 28 years, holding a degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. For the past 17 years, I have worked for Mercury Interactive/HP Software directly in various sales and marketing and TECHNICAL roles…including the NYC lead performance architect for LoadRunner.
Before last years Magento Imagine conference, we announced a benchmark where we stated that LiteMage performed ~17-40x better than Turpentine + Varnish. This led to several people questioning the validity of our benchmark because LiteMage seemed too good to be true. A year later, we decided to revisit this benchmark with the latest version of each software to see where we stand.
LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress (Beta) Receives Great Early Feedback!
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
Outperforming ZenCache While Still In Beta!
We are still collecting feedback on LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress (Beta), however we are very pleased to announce that initial results have been very positive, showing a large decrease in load times over other currently available caching software.
In our previous PHP 7 vs HHVM benchmark, Benchmark Series 2: WordPress, we saw HHVM outperform PHP 7 by 7% on WordPress. That test was performed without any cache involvement to test pure HHVM and PHP 7 performance. In our recent Getting the Best WordPress Performance article, we saw just how much of a difference a page cache can make in regards to WordPress performance.
In our previous PHP 7 vs HHVM benchmark, Benchmark Series 2: WordPress, we saw HHVM outperform PHP 7 by 7% on WordPress. That test was performed without any cache involvement to test pure HHVM and PHP 7 performance. But what about WordPress performance in a real world situation?
According to W3Techs’ usage report, WordPress is used by 24.3% of all the websites and holds 58.7% of the content management system market share. As the #1 content management system, we want to see how fast WordPress can be in a real world environment.
Based on the results of the Hello World Benchmark Test, we now know that LiteSpeed and OpenLiteSpeed have the smallest IPC overhead and provides the best performance for PHP 7 and HHVM of the web servers tested. We will be using OpenLiteSpeed to do the 2nd benchmark test where we will be targeting a sample WordPress site to see the performance difference. We know from our first test that PHP 7 is 140% faster than HHVM on hello world. How about when using WordPress?
What is the best platform for the fastest PHP engines?
The competition between PHP 7 and HHVM is starting to heat up. HHVM was previously the front runner, originally converting PHP code to C++ but eventually changing their strategy by instead converting to x86-64 machine code to dramatically increase a PHP site’s performance. PHP however is trying very hard to come out on top with the coming release of PHP 7. Who will win this competition, PHP 7 or HHVM?