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  • We work with a moderately high traffic word press blog (> 100K visits per day). I am wondering if anyone can speak to the performance of this plugin on such a site. We do not run a lot of plugins because many of them will cause performance to degrade considerably.

    If anyone can speak to this, including John, I would be appreciative to know if this might work well for us. It handles a key need for us, but we can’t take a chance on a notable performance hit.

    Thanks so much for any insight.

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  • Plugin Author John Godley


    I don’t have any information on performance at that level, but if you are worried you could use the Apache module (assuming you are using Apache) and have it handle the redirects directly. I’ll also be implementing caching in the next version too, so you’ll be able to make use of that to reduce load.

    Thanks for the quick response! We are using NGINX. We have a LOT of content so trying to write the individual redirects into that engine is problematic as content often changes and expires. My biggest concern is what overhead this might add to our page requests. Since I assume it runs at every page load, and has to talk to the DB at some level, I want to be sure the queries used are very low overhead and, in your experience, are unlikely to cause any problems. If you have to use the eye-ball guess, should we proceed or do you think that level of traffic might tax things too much?

    Plugin Author John Godley


    It shouldn’t add a lot of overhead, particularly if you keep regex redirects down to a minimum, and you disable logging. You could certainly profile your site with a load testing tool just to see where it’s spending most of it’s time. As mentioned before, I will be adding caching support so if you make use of WP caching then Redirection overhead should all but disappear.

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