Thanks to a new web standard, we’ve recently deployed a small performance improvement that highlights some of the unique challenges we encounter on Wikimedia sites.
Making Thumbor production-ready for Wikimedia is a journey that started a year and a half ago. Let’s look at the rationale for this project.
Is it faster to save articles on Wikipedia than it was a year ago?
When a performance improvement seems too good to be true, it’s time to investigate in depth and find out what happened.
Over the past six months we deployed a new technology that sped up Wikipedia’s backend application, reducing the median page-saving time for editors from about 7.5 seconds to 2.5 seconds.