From URL to Query–WordCamp Miami 2013

Today at WordCamp Miami, I reprised my latest talk, From URL to Query. I’ve now given this talk at WordCamps Phoenix, Atlanta, and Miami; the latter two presentations are an expanded version of the original talk delivered in Phoenix.

Briefly, this was the intent of my talk:

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 available at

I’ll link to the video once it becomes available. The recording of the WordCamp Phoenix iteration is available in the meantime, but isn’t as in-depth as what I covered in Atlanta or Miami.

Caching and Scaling Using Fragment Caching (WordCamp Miami)

This morning, I delivered a revised version of my caching presentation from last November’s Boston WordPress meetup. Using what I’ve learned working on the VIP platform, this presentation discusses caching techniques applicable to WordPress installations of almost any size.

The HTML version of my slides are available at A PDF version is available on SlideShare and is embedded below.