[Resolved] What exactly does Falcon Engine? Questions on features, XMLRPC, options, cache..
Falcon Engine takes a website that is serving 16 pages per second and attaches a jet engine, pours on jet fuel and turns on the afterburner. It supercharges your website so that it can serve up to 800 pages per second.
Well, nice copywriting. I know is a new prodcut, but there is almost no FAQ, no extense technical info on how to configure it. Now to the facts.
I uninstalled WP Super Cache and enabled Falcon in a test site, and the very first thing I can tell, is that Falcon Engine set to that “30 to 50 Times speed increase” super duper cache mode, is only caching the home page. This is from what I can tell after enabling the debug option and browsing the site all along. Only the homepage source code is showing the cache information, and only the html file for the home page was created inside the wfcache folder. Is it a bug?
Also regarding Falcon, what exactly does Falcon with the cache when it is set to “2 to 3 Times speed increase” or “30 to 50 Times speed increase”? Using the first option, I dont see any changes in the .htaccess file. Also, no improvements in browsing speeds. For what I’ve seen, “2 to 3 Times speed increase”=”No performance improvement”. Or is it a bug?
The IP blocker will block IPs using htaccess, ONLY IF Falcon Engine is active? It’s just a marketing thing? Why can’t it use the htaccess file to set blocked IPs even with Falcon inactive? It’s the scope of a security package to provide the best protection with the best reliability and performance, and until now, I couldnt see cache working. Yet, the htaccess IP blocking works marvelously, and I suggest you to use .htaccess rules to block IPs EVEN WITH FALCON DISABLED. This will improve WordFence for people who dont feel comfy abandoning plugins like W3TC.
I noticed the option to disable XML RPC. Nice. But… how are you disabling it? I didnt see an entry in .htaccess. Are you using the filter?
add_filter( 'xmlrpc_enabled', '__return_false' );
That’s the recommended way. Please confirm.
One more thing about Falcon. How does it manage ajax, CDNs, browser cache, garbage collection, minification, all the things usually configurable in the major cache systems… The lack of settings options made me uncomfy. And please take in account that I love WordFence very much, I even purchased a license. So, all these annotations are made with love in mind 🙂 Said that, I dont think adding a cache system is a good move. All the major pros using WordFence are already using W3TC too, or even WP Super Cache for humble sites. I’d rather prefer to see a module to integrate WordFence with W3TC, as they provide the options to add compatibility and “team work” between plugins. Trying to replace a good known plugin will make you work hard and lose focus in what you already are doing very well: keep sites secure. Dont try to replace cache plugins, unite. I hope it’s not too late, there are lots of things you can implement to keep sites safer without having to develope a caching feature.
In despite of the above items, will all these new features have any difference between free version and the licensed one?
And that’s all by now.
Hope to read soon your answers for every issue. It will clarify lots of things, hopefully 🙂
My best regards,
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