Faster Smilies

Contributors johanee
Type Free
Current Version 1.0
Last Updated 16 Jan, 2009
Released 16 Jan, 2009
Total Download 1,043
Active Install 0
Support 0 out of 0

On posts and pages with comments the most timeconsuming part in page creation is translating the smilies to images!

This has now been fixed in WordPress 2.8-bleeding-edge, but if you are not using that (and in production you probably shouldn’t, yet!), this plugin gives you the speedup anyway.

It replace smilies_init with a new one that constructs a more efficient regular expression, resulting in 10 ggr faster handling of smilies replacement.

Note: it uses the ‘e’ modifier to preg_replace to avoid patching any core files. Not all hosts allow this.

Performance

A page with 25 comments on an otherwise empty WordPress 2.7 got created on average 28% faster!

Profile of filters on 2.6.5 without plugin on a page with 403 comments:

    Total: 7.052s, Filters/Actions: 5.856s (83%), Db: 0.033s (0.5%)
    1. convert_smilies (calls: 403, total time: 3.911s (55.5%))
    ...

Profile with plugin:

    Total: 3.439s, Filters/Actions: 2.174s (63.2%), Db: 0.036s (1%)
    ...
    4. convert_smilies (calls: 403, total time: 0.357s (10.4%))
    ...

More than 50% faster!

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