All posts by James Broberg

About James Broberg

MetaCDN CEO & Founder.

Accelerate your Simple Machines Forum (SMF) with MetaCDN

As your forum grows your members will create more strain on your web server and it’s resources.  While a forum is fairly lightweight, your webserver could have trouble keeping up with the demand on it’s resources, especially if you use a shared hosting plan from many of the popular hosting companies.  This is where using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) like MetaCDN helps.

To reduce the strain on your webserver and to boost the performance of your forum you can use MeatCDN’s website acceleration services.  MetaCDN makes it easy to implement their acceleration services and speed up your forum.

Log in to the MetaCDN portal

Log into the MetaCDN portal at http://www.metacdn.com. You will be taken to the dashboard, which gives you an at-a-glance view of all of your important account activity. On the top right-hand side, click on the blue button labelled ‘Accelerate a site’.

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Tell us where your website is

Simply tell us your website origin domain (e.g. mysite.com). Leave out any additional information such as protocol (e.g. http://) or path (e.g. /index.html) or port (e.g. :1234). In CDN terminology, we refer to your website as the origin – we automatically pull your content from your site and store (cache) it across the globe where and when it is needed, taking the stress off your website and ensuring your customers get blazingly fast load speeds every time they visit your website. Give your site a short name (which we will use to create an accelerated url such as mysite.sa.metacdn.com) and a description.

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Select your Accelerator level

MetaCDN offers three levels of Site Acceleration – Standard, Advanced and Advanced-S. All levels offer acceleration for your entire website – handling both static (e.g. files) and dynamic (e.g. php, asp, jsp, etc) content. Details of each plan is available here. For forums we recommend the Advanced-S plan.

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Confirm your settings and go!

Once you have confirmed your settings, hit the Accelerate button. Your website will be prepared for acceleration, which can take up to 2 hours. Once complete, we will email you an accelerated URL to use throughout your website. 

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Integrate your accelerated URL into your forum

To integrate your accelerated URL into your forum takes just a few clicks of the mouse and your forum will get the boost you’re looking for.

Copy your accelerated url – mysite.sa.metacdn.com – and paste into the following fields:

For SMF 2.X

Go to ADMIN > CONFIGURATION > CURRENT THEME and paste into the highlighted fields.

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For SMF 1.X

Go to ADMIN > CURRENT THEME and paste the accelerated URL into the highlighted fields:

Click SAVE and your SMF forum is now accelerated!

The Great Drupal Battle Winners Are…

We were inundated with entries for The Great Drupal Battle held recently for DrupalCon Portland. It’s taken a while to sort through the entries but the results are in. The winners for each division were:

Lightweight – alldata.com

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Winner: Ben Shell
Company: Digital Deployment
Website: alldata.com
Load time: 2.4 seconds

Weighing in at just 389 kbs, alldata.com took out the lightweight division with a load time of 2.4 seconds. It was only the sites Asia Pacific load time of 3.4 seconds that held it back from stellar speeds.

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Middleweight – nof.org

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Winner: Josh Fischer
Company: Artsmith Media
Website: not.org
Load time: 3.7 seconds

Weighing in at 950 kbs, nof.org came out ahead in the middleweight division at 3.7 seconds. Once again it was the site’s Asia Pacific load time of 5.3 seconds that held things back a little.

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Heavyweight – dmt.it.ubc.ca

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Winner: Jan Carter
Company: UBC
Website: dmt.it.ubc.ca
Load time: 3.7 seconds

Weighing in at 1.85 mbs, UBC’s site easily took out the heavyweight divisions at 3.7 seconds. Not a bad effort for this multimedia rich contender.

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A big thanks to everyone that entered, we were amazed at the diversity of Drupal sites submitted. Each of the winners above have a Ferrari on the way. Don’t forget if you need to speed up your website you can trial the MetaCDN Website Accelerator FREE for 28 days.

DrupalCon Day 3 – The Final Sprint

We were certainly feeling the effects of a few big days and nights today but gave it all we had for the final day of DrupalCon Portland.

More Amazing Speakers

Another full day of amazing speakers, but we particularly enjoyed the keynote presentation by Michael Lopp titled: ‘The Engineer, The Designer, and the Dictator’. There’s a great summary of his presentation here. If you ever get a chance to see Michael talk, you won’t be disappointed.

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Pinball Pub Crawl

It makes so much sense to combine two of our favorite pastimes. The guys from Opensourcery scored serious brownie points by organising a pinball pub crawl. 

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James’ Presentation Uploaded

For those that missed James’ presentation yesterday on Drupal Performance you can now access it here.

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Next Stop Prague?

We had such a blast at DrupalCon Portland – the logical question is should we head to DrupalCon Prague in September? Not sure if we’ll fit that one in the schedule at this stage, but if you’re in Europe I’d highly recommend it.

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DrupalCon Day 2 – The Party Continues

After a massive first day, DrupalCon seemed even bigger today. It was a cold and rainy day in Portland, but that certainly didn’t stop everyone getting into the swing of things.

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Another Busy Booth Day

We have talked to more Drupal developers in the last few days than we have all year. If you haven’t stopped by booth #334 yet, you’ve got one more day to stop in for a chat or to enter The Great Drupal Battle

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James Talks Drupal Performance

Our founder James Broberg delivered his talk titled “Turbo Charge Your Drupal Website”. Website performance certainly seems to be a hot topic this year so hopefully you got to hear it. Stop into booth #334 if you want to get some one on one performance advice.

Party Time

I don’t know if it is a Drupal community thing but there is a serious amount of partying going on this week. The good guys from Pantheon & New Relic held a party tonight complete with Korean food, DJ and an open bar. No better way to unwind after a day on your feet.

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DrupalCon Day 1 – The Battle Begins

DrupalCon Portland kicked off with a blast today. Over 3,300 attendees stormed the Oregon Convention Center for 3 days of Drupal talks and technology. Below are some of our highlights so far.

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The Great Drupal Battle Begins

As part of DrupalCon we are running a competition to find the fastest Drupal powered site on the web. We call it The Great Drupal Battle. Dozens of Drupal sites began battling today in the three divisions of lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight. Divisions are based on the total download size of your home or index page. The competition runs until 5pm PDT May 24th, so if you haven’t entered yet get your entry in here.

MetaCDN T-Shirts Snapped Up

Today we unveiled the new MetaCDN t-shirt design below. We printed a box full to give away at the show. They were obviously popular as the box was completely empty by the end of the day. We may need to take a van full to the next event.

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Meeting The DrupalCon Ticket Winners

You may have seen the competition we held leading up to DrupalCon to win free tickets. Today we got to meet up and chat with the winners. Here you can see our US sales manager Tyler Smith hanging with competition winner Jeff Ackley.

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Inspirational Speakers

Today we saw some truly inspirational speakers hit the DrupalCon stage. Drupal founder Dries Buytaert delivered a keynote I’m sure no one missed titled “The Current State of Drupal 8″. Luckily for those not at the event you can view most of the presentations on YouTube.

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