So there’s basically two ways to instantiate a Magento block. The one that should work everywhere is:

And then there’s the one which you can use in a controller which extends, for example, Mage_Core_Controller_Front_Action

vultr-logoSo I changed from DigitalOcean to VULTR hosting and decided to go ahead and switch from CentOS 7 to Ubuntu 15.04. I also changed to HHVM since that was not possible on CentOS 7 unless I compiled it manually which I couldn’t be bothered to do. An upgrade to Nginx 1.9.* made it possible to use HTTP/2 instead of SPDY, so I am basically totally up to date when it comes to the latest technologies.
Wordpress was also upgraded to 4.4.

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http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1512022-SNEK-VULTR2G18,1508186-SNEK-SNEKVPS64

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