Dingleberry Pi running well on Raspberry Pi hardware

In case you didn’t know, this site is hosted on a Raspberry Pi computer. The purpose of this project has been to establish whether or not the £30 computer was capable of reliably hosting a WordPress site, and so far the results have been promising.

Using the Pingdom load test, I can report that Dingleberry Pi is faster than 94% of all tested websites! You can see the results of the test, or perform your own over at Pingdom’s web site. Performance on this low-cost, lower power computer was achieved mainly by taking the following steps:

  • Reducing Video RAM and increasing system RAM. You too can do this by following my tutorial.
  • Installing heatsinks and overclocking the Raspberry Pi.
  • Running Raspbian OS from a high-performance USB flash drive and not from an SD card (the SD card is still installed as the Raspberry cannot boot from a USB flash drive alone)
  • Installing a WordPress Cache plugin to minimise the amount of database calls

I’m slowly getting there with preparing tutorials on how to create your own Dingleberry Pi web server, with more added each passing week. Let me know of your projects, or if there’s anything you would like a tutorial on.

What’s next?

I’m going to prepare some video content for the site, testing the Raspberry Pi’s ability to serve such content. Next week, look out for my tutorials on running Raspbian from a USB flash drive, installing Postfix, and hopefully another RPi will be arriving, which will become part of my next big project – a Raspberry Pi cluster. As always, feel free to leave a comment if there’s specifically anything you want me to try out or write up a tutorial for.

Ste

Web Developer living in Manchester, working for Studio Skylab (http://www.studioskylab.com). Views and thoughts are my own.

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4 Responses

  1. Steve Watson says:

    Love your website it has been a very intresting read. I have been wanting to do the same thing just put up my project on a web page and since I am relatively new to Linux I wanted to do one with lots of pictures and write the code as it has to be imputed to the command line as some websites I have found are not exactley for beginners unlike yours. Keep up with the good work and I am looking forward to seeing the tutorial on getting the pi to get all system files off the USB stick this will ease pressure on the sd card. I have some useless small ones lying arround.

    Steve

  2. Yann says:

    Hi,
    I installed Apache/mysql/php/wordpress on my Raspberry and connected it to the internet but when I try to acces it from outside my house, it takes more than one minute to display the home page (in pure html mode without any formatting, although I used the default wordpress theme. I installed a cache plugin in wordpress but it did not change anything
    I did not overclock the raspberry
    presently I don’t have a domain name and use the IP address to connect (I suppose it does not affect the performance)
    Do you think that the problem relies on the raspberry and my setup or a bad connection line from my ISP ?

  3. raspipidio says:

    whoa!!! very cool
    i have tried to make these installations without success, your tutorial is spot-on.

    very cool
    Thank you

  1. 24th February 2013

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