๐Ÿ‘‹ I’m Derrick, and this is my WordPress Blarg.


I’m an Enterprise Engineer for WordPress VIP. I’ve been with Automattic/VIP since 2015, and enjoy it every day!

On this site I mostly post WordPress and web technology related things, with a mix of whatever else is on my mind.


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  • Debugging WordPress Hooks: Speed

    Debugging WordPress Hooks: Speed

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    If you google debugging WordPress hooks you’ll find a lot of information. About 1,180,000 results Let’s add another one. WordPress hooks are powerful, but also complex under the hood. There’s plenty of topics I could talk about here, but right now I’m only going to talk about speed. How long does it take for a […]

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  • Better Caching in WordPress

    Better Caching in WordPress

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    Caching data in WordPress is easy. Caching data in WordPress in a good and performant way takes a bit more work. For instance, many developers commonly use the Transients API to cache data. As the lowest common denominator in caching, this is okay. It’ll get the job done, even on a $10/year shared hosting plan. But what […]

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  • Page Generation Graph for WordPress

    Page Generation Graph for WordPress

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    At work, one of the more interesting customizations we have on WordPress.com for our VIP clients is a dashboard that contains custom widgets.  One of them is a page generation graph that shows the average page generation time for their site compared to all others.  That way they can judge their code performance against a […]

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  • Quick Tip: DreamHost cron and WP-CLI

    Quick Tip: DreamHost cron and WP-CLI

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    If you’re hosting your WordPress website on DreamHost, and use their cron system to offload your WordPress faux-cron for better reliability, be careful of what version of PHP you have in your code. I recently had an issue where my cron events weren’t firing, and after enabling email output, I ended up with something like […]

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