Friends in tech: Brian Li

Company Kinsta Industry Sales and Marketing Time in this Industry 3-4 Years Origin Story I started using WordPress back in high school, and built up a bunch of related skills over the years – some coding, server maintenance, SSH, customizing plugins, etc. After college, I actually worked in the entertainment industry for a while. I spent …

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Friends in tech: Jon Penland

Company Kinsta Industry Hosting Time in this Industry 5-7 Years Origin Story Early in my career, I went to work for a company that manufactured custom-engineered mechanical equipment. While I enjoyed the role and learned quite a bit, the industry was well-established and slow-moving, and I worried that opportunities for advancement would be few and …

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Friends in tech: Austin Ginder

Company Anchor Hosting Industry Hosting Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story It all started back in 2008. While working a full-time job as an IT consultant, I began building WordPress sites during nights and weekends for something fun to do. The first few sites were for folks who already knew me through my …

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Testing out Elastic Search and Redis

I was interested in how much Elasticsearch and/or Redis cache would help to speed up a site, so I got to work testing it. I created a vanilla WordPress install with WooCommerce installed, I then populated this install with 20,000 posts that each contained a couple of paragraphs of “Lorem ipsum“. I chose to install …

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