Switch to PHP 5.4

I have been trying lately to speed up the performance of my blog.  Steps so far:

  1. Remove about 25 plugins I really didn’t need.
  2. Remove plugins from my wife’s and brother’s blogs
  3. Switch to the TwentyTwelve theme

Still, I was getting CPU throttling from my host.  It still wasn’t fast enough.  I didn’t install a caching plugin yet.  I want to optimize before I add in that step.  The support desk suggested I use PHP 5.2 FastCGI.  Here is what the screen looks like:


I wasn’t sure what to do. Lots of versions.  I was confused why this wasn’t automatically upgraded.  I didn’t know which choice was best.  I narrowed it down to the 5.2 FastCGI option or 5.4 (Single php.ini).  5.3 just seemed dumb.

In the end, I chose 5.4.  FastCGI might be good, but I am a “latest version” sort of guy.  My WordPress version is 3.5-beta2-22334.  I was going to go with the latest greatest.

Instantly, the WordPress UI started working faster.  I think the pages on my blog are also acting in a manner I would be happy with.  I am not positive, but I think I may be happy.

Hmm, always dangerous to say that.  I’ll give it a few more days.  Still, a major increase in speed with some clean up and support from the host.

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