A technical plan for success: Preparing to optimize 4,000+ sites at NYU

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 - 11:45 am (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Location: Room 1053
Format: General Lecture Session

Session description

Universities today leverage WordPress Multisite to empower students, update faculty content and course notes, and bring entire communities together. With large multisites and small teams, it is common for performance headaches to occur: faculty can’t update or create course sites, students can’t blog and share their stories, and the internal dev team struggles with losing insight and coverage over such a large network. To avoid small issues from becoming large bottlenecks, internal teams need to be set up with a winning process.

In this session we’ll lay the groundwork on what that process should look like beginning with the technical audit and leading to the implementation of a full webops toolkit. We’ll cover this session utilizing our client, NYU, as an example along the way.

The key takeaways

You’ll learn about performing technical audits as we take a look at testing the following components:

  • Code review
  • Technical bottlenecks
  • Security
  • Themes
  • Plugins
  • Server architecture

We’ll also explore a process audit which measures the effectiveness of:

  • Deployment (git)
  • Build systems
  • Testing (bhat)
  • Team communication
  • Proactive monitoring

You'll also leave this session with the results of our work with NYU.


Daniel Cunsolo

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Senior WordPress Engineer, FlowPress

Daniel is an experienced senior developer with a demonstrated history of working with enterprise environments. He is skilled in PHP, WordPress, JavaScript and mobile applications. He's passionate about exploring new technologies through continuous improvement to the engineering process. Daniel is a developer on many specialty brand sites used by millions of Canadians, including The Loop, MTV Canada, Space, MUCH and FORA. He has worked on award-winning brand partnerships including Rogue Shark, Ford Limitless, Xperia Made of Imagination and IN24. He has experience working with a variety web APIs and frameworks such as Knockout, AngularJS, Foundation and Bootstrap to build custom front ends for WordPress.


  • General Lecture Session: A technical plan for success: Preparing to optimize 4,000+ sites at NYU

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