Operations

  1. How we made editing Wikipedia twice as fast

    The creator of the wiki, Ward Cunningham, wanted to make it fast and easy to edit web pages. Cunningham named his software after a Hawaiian word for “quick.” That’s why the Wikimedia Foundation is happy to report that editing Wikipedia is now twice as quick. Over the last six months we deployed a new technology that speeds up MediaWiki, Wikipedia’s underlying PHP-based code. HipHop Virtual... Read more

  2. Protecting users against POODLE by removing SSL 3.0 support

    To protect our users against the recently disclosed POODLE security vulnerability, we are removing support for SSL 3.0 on all Wikimedia sites as of 15:00 UTC (8:00 am PDT) today.
    SSL 3.0 is an outdated implementation of the HTTPS web encryption protocol. […]... Read more

  3. Making Wikimedia Sites faster

    Running the fifth largest website in the world brings its own set of challenges. One particularly important issue is the time it takes to render a page in your browser. Nobody likes slow websites, and we know from research that even small delays lead visitors to leave the site. An ongoing concern from both the Operations and Platform teams is to improve the reader experience by making Wikipedia an... Read more

  4. How RIPE Atlas Helped Wikipedia Users

  5. Wikimedia Foundation selects CyrusOne in Dallas as new data center

  6. Migrating Wikimedia Labs to a new Data Center

  7. Request for proposals: New datacenter in the continental US

  8. HTTPS by default beta program

  9. HTTPS enabled by default for logged-in users on Wikimedia sites

  10. The future of HTTPS on Wikimedia projects