Monitoring this site with Grafana (and speeding it up)

I’ve been reading up on Grafana for $WORK, so I signed up for an account at Grafana cloud to dogfood it for personal use too.

They now have a Synthetic Monitoring feature that was quite easy to turn on for the 3 WordPress blogs I administer: mine, my daughter’s and my son’s. A bunch of dashboards were also autogenerated. I was a bit disappointed by how slow the overall page load time was though.

So I signed up for Cloudflare’s free CDN and I can already see a noticeable boost in speed. This involved handing them control of my nameservers. On the bright side the TLS certs were generated immediately and the overall transfer was quite smooth.

The massive drop in latency in the second half of the chart is quite nice to see.

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