There has always been a lot of hype around Webstock. It’s highly regarded around the world as one of the most inspirational / thought provoking conferences for anyone who works in the creative industries.
Webstock is not a “show and tell” style conference, where someone will talk about optimising code or designing for mobile first, the latest jQuery library or how smart vectors work in the latest version of Photoshop. The only way I’d describe it is a “mindset altering” conference.
The organisers of Webstock do a great job at sourcing some local and international heavy-weights of their respective fields. This year was just the same. Some speakers I’d heard before but mostly new.
In terms of just a conference, it was incredibly well done. Organisation, food, breaks, running on time, after parties (I didn’t go to either as I had a bit of man-flu to sleep off), and the incredibly cool leather folders to put your notes in.
I saw a really great post about Webstock by Rachel McAlpine who put this suitable summary together;
A realistic disenchantment with the internet flavoured many of this year’s talks. I found this reassuring. I hope a lot of people are sick of the ubiquitous BS on how-to-make-a-million-in-five-minutes-just-like-clever-little-me. Instead these themes emerged, among others:
Stay independent; VC investment has a dark side. (Andy Baio, Sha Hwang)
I failed and it was fine. (Jen Bekman, Liz Danzico, Hannah Donovan)
Tread softly and make good things.
Mobile and multidevice: c’mon, hurry up! (Liza Kindred, Josh Clark, Dan Saffer)
The internet is corrupt. (Maciej Ceglowski, Spoek Mathambo)
The internet is our plaything. (Nelly ben Hayoun, Jessica Hagy)
The meaning of life is life: so get on with it. (Derek Sivers)
If you haven’t been to Webstock, you should seriously think about it.
When it comes to scaling your WordPress hosting infrastructure, the topic always comes up pretty quickly that you need to move from a single server through to multiple servers.
It’s often considered the hardest jump to make, and once you’re running two servers, the jump to three, four or five hundred servers is trivial.
So the question comes up often: when do I need to move from a single to multi-server setup?
A multi-server setup is really the last step you take in setting up a enterprise WordPress (or any app) platform.
I wrote a while back about my first Amazon (AWS) deployment for WordPress, which featured Geo-optimised, and multi-zone availability.
Since that deployment, I’ve experimented and continued to roll out WordPress architecture that is stable, redundant and optimised for a global audience. I’ve also been inspired by my good friend Shaun who’s an AWS engineer and does much more advanced/enterprise AWS deployments.
The problem was pretty simple. Using WordPress to upload photos, but use CSV files to do bulk imports of product data for a custom listing of stock. Rather than copy-pasting file URLs, I wanted to use the attachment ID to go in the CSV file, this is a much neater way of doing this.
My original thought of how to solve this problem was to create an admin page where we’d use the WordPress bulk media uploader, and then list all the attachments and their ID numbers.