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Turbo-Charge WordPress over Dial-Up

August 8th, 2008 Visited 5808 times, 3 so far today

WordPress 2.6 introduced an exciting new feature, especially for those who blog over Dial-Up Modem.  They have added support for Google Gears to the platform, so that once you enable it, many of the admin panel pages will react much quicker than they did in previous versions of WordPress.

The secret is that WordPress will download a chunk of its files (currently 200+) from WordPress right to your browser.  Then, a lot of the functions you use to compose your posts will be right there—not on a server in a different state.

How do you go about using this great new technology?  I’m glad you asked!

WordPress 2.6

First, make sure that you’re running the latest release of WordPress.  You’ll find the version number on your Dashboard.  If you are running 2.6 you’ll also see a link up in the top right that says “Turbo”.

Google Gears

Pressing the Turbo link will either prompt you to install Google Gears (which will require you to restart your browser) or it will prompt you approve Gears for that page.

If you get the prompt, download Google Gears and install it.  Restart your web browser, go into the WordPress Admin page and press the Turbo link again.

Approve The Site

This time you will be prompted to accept the site, and the process will begin.  This is a one time process, and it will tell you that it’s downloading files (up to 212, I believe) and it may get hung up for a second around 194.  Don’t worry, just let it finish.

Enjoy the Speed

Once you’re done, take it for a test run.  Try writing a post, and see if the toolbar, switching modes, and the general performance of the admin section has increased.  I think you’ll find it much faster.



  • Rachel says on: August 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm


    I don’t use wordpress but I love the Mac in the picture!

    Rachels last blog post..Demonstrating Faith

  • MInTheGap says on: August 11, 2008 at 9:47 am


    @Rachel: I use WordPress on all my sites. And I use Windows boxes– go figure.

  • Pamela Kramer says on: August 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm


    People still use dial up? – Great tips if that’s the case. Oh dear, does that make me a speed snob?

  • MInTheGap says on: August 13, 2008 at 1:28 pm


    @Pamela Kramer: That might indeed. I think we should take up a collection for those not on dial-up so that they can afford to upgrade.


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