From URL to Query–WordPressDC Meetup

Tonight I’ve been invited to present my talk, From URL to Query, to the WordPressDC meetup group. I recently gave an introductory version of this talk at WordCamp San Francisco, and tonight’s version is a more-detailed expansion akin to the version I’ve presented at past WordCamps. I’ve described the talk as follows:

Ever wonder what process WordPress undertakes when someone visits your site? Or how it translates that nice permalink to the database query that ultimately delivers the content your visitors requested? Or what it takes to load the appropriate template from your site’s theme?

In this talk, I’ll walk through WordPress’ loading process and shed some light on the various APIs used. I’ll also discuss how these APIs work together to make the software function.

Slides are be available at If the session’s recorded, I’ll embed the video once it’s available.

Caching, Scaling, and What I’ve Learned from VIP

Last night, I gave a talk at the Boston WordPress Meetup that talked about caching and scaling WordPress. Using what I’ve learned working on the VIP platform, this presentation discusses caching techniques applicable to WordPress installations of almost any size.

The slides from my talk are embedded below and available on Slideshare. The video is also available below.