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Carl has been coding since he was 8 years old. As of late, he has been doing mostly "web" stuff. A lot of it has been around PHP and WordPress. He's an organizer of the Montréal WordPress Group and WordCamp Montréal since 2010. He writes at carlalexander.ca.

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A Look At The Modern WordPress Server Stack

Editor's Note: Today marks a special day for WordPress. Powering many websites (and yes, Smashing Magazine is one of them), it celebrates its 13th birthday today. Happy birthday, dear WordPress! Here's to many more!

Do you remember when you could run a “fast” WordPress website with just an Apache server and PHP? Yeah, those were the days! Things were a lot less complicated back then.

A Look At The Modern WordPress Server Stack

Now, everything has to load lightning-fast! Visitors don’t have the same expectations about loading times as they used to. A slow website can have serious implications for you or your client.

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