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#21 2019-05-28 09:10:27

gaekwad
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

jakob wrote #318241:

Sometimes that can happen with Wordpress if you try out lots of themes where each theme registers their own sets of thumbnails sizes.

Yeah. I need to be careful that I don’t inadvertently identify the person I was working with at the other agency, but – yikes – it was an eye-opening project. I’m used to keeping servers fairly secure, performant and maintaining a level of visibility that helps sustainability for me and the next person, but the Wordpress philosophy of just adding stuff to go into battle was scary. This one site had (has?) a 16 core CPU with 128GB RAM, upwards of 3TB drive space and the absolute worst incarnation of WHM Cpanel I have ever seen. The typical monthly invoice was north of 600GBP, including a 50GBP fee for when the server needed a reboot.

Zero optimisation. No image processing (which for an image-heavy site is just absurd). No time spent on actually making things run more happily under the lid. Spinning drives, so slow as molasses compared to modern solid state drives. No caching. Wordpress is great for a lot of people, I’m not taking a stab at them, but please find people who know what they’re doing for when you scale up your servers.

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#22 2019-05-28 09:39:02

jakob
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

God, that’s shocking! Apart from all the other stuff they could do, they’d probably save a sizeable sum of money and transfer fees just by farming image generation and storage off to something like imgix.com.


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#23 2019-05-28 09:49:02

gaekwad
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

jakob wrote #318260:

God, that’s shocking! Apart from all the other stuff they could do, they’d probably save a sizeable sum of money and transfer fees just by farming image generation and storage off to something like imgix.com.

In this case, users provide the images. They create the images, they upload (presumably) the full-fat versions and…well, I’m not sure what happens after that. My gut feeling is their site was originally pretty easy and was perhaps passed to a junior Wordpress person, and it sort of morphed over time into a beast…and the bills associated crept up.

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#24 2019-09-20 13:37:51

Destry
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Destry wrote #314170:

Yesterday I discovered Low-Tech Magazine, which has been online since 2007. I don’t know how I have missed it for so long, but sadly I have, until yesterday. That’s when someone shared news about their new off-grid solar-powered version of the site, which they are migrating to permanently.

As I write this, the solar-powered site is in ‘down mode’ because the power supply is out. This is normal, as the article explains. The article is on the solar powered site too, which makes a nice means for comparison when you can see both.

Destry wrote #318183:

The Low-Tech mag article has been inspiring more work in similar directions. Good article here, Digital Guide to Low Tech.

Yet another article in this direction, in French, Le design pour lutter contre le changement climatique. It’s short, drop it in Deepl (which is available for macOS now too).


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#25 2019-09-21 14:02:30

etc
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Unfortunately, after reading this

Alors un site low tech c’est forcément un site statique.

we should power txp off. Or add a static site generator ability.

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#26 2019-09-21 14:37:50

colak
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

etc wrote #319343:

Or add a static site generator ability.

That would indeed be great!!!


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#27 2019-09-21 20:47:04

gaekwad
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

etc wrote #319343:

Or add a static site generator ability.

xkcd.com/927/ (safe for work)

…but s/standards/static site generators/g.

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#28 2019-09-21 20:49:03

gaekwad
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Destry wrote #314170:

As I write this, the solar-powered site is in ‘down mode’ because the power supply is out.

This would be a neat project to port to IPFS hosting, especially for similar solar setups.

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#29 2019-09-22 09:09:06

Pat64
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

etc wrote #319343:

Unfortunately, after reading this

we should power txp off. Or add a static site generator ability.

Oleg. That’s exactly what I suggested here a long time ago ;) The ability to render static copies of a TXP website (may be with a plugin).

Last edited by Pat64 (2019-09-22 09:09:29)


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#30 2019-09-22 14:00:22

etc
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

colak wrote #319344:

That would indeed be great!!!

Pat64 wrote #319347:

Oleg. That’s exactly what I suggested here a long time ago ;) The ability to render static copies of a TXP website (may be with a plugin).

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not into reinventing a 15th wheel as Pete rightly alludes to. Static site ability means serving pages directly from disk, bypassing unnecessary PHP/MySQL processing when the page is not changed. But this can already be achieved via apache server cache and <txp:header /> tag. We just need to make the configuration easier for non-techy users.

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