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Re: [wp-hackers] Dashboard performance

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  • Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Dashboard performance
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 May 2006 03:30:01 +0100
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___/ On Fri 05 May 2006 03:07:58 BST, [ John Joseph Bachir ] wrote : \___

On Fri, 5 May 2006, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

While I don't know the WP cron system properly, it sounds as though
you suggest that each site pulls the feeds periodically. Wouldn't
that raise the load on the local server and the servers holding the
(remote) feeds significantly? All for a mere gain in terms of speed?
Some Web-based feed readers have the tendency to do this, but it's

It could be set to pull down the feeds only once or twice a day.

...Yet it comes to show the deficiency of caching. Check too frequently and hog resources; check infrequently and present out-of-date information.

Frankly,  I quite liked your idea of using <iframe> or <object> to isolate
feeds.  The entry to the dashboard can otherwise become slow and very much
a  'necessary evil' to those of us who don't work around it. To say  more,
in  reference  to  another route down this thread,  the  proposed  AJAX/JS
solution  would  hinder  accessibility, so this seems  like  a  relatively
poorer  solution. A customisable dashboard (/a la/ Widgets) seems like  an
optimal solution to me (just my humble opinion).

As  to other ideas: data prefetching for feeds, use of stylehseet to alter
the  order/flow  of content and thus the order in which file requests  are
made  in  most  Web browsers. There are several such  subtle  optimisation

Best wishes,


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