April 24, 2008

Optimizing WordPress database usage

There’s an amazingly long comment thread on Coding Horror about WordPress optimization. Key points and debates include:

Another theme is — well, it’s WordPress “theme” design. Do you really need all those calls? The most dramatic example I can think of one I experienced soon after I started this blog. Some themes have the cool feature that, in the category list on the sidebar, there’s a count of the number of posts in the category. Each category. I love that feature, but its performance consequences are not pretty.

As previously noted, we’ll be doing an emergency site upgrade ASAP. Once we’re upgraded to WordPress 2.5, I hope to deploy a rich set of back-end plug-ins. One of the caching ones will be among them.


One Response to “Optimizing WordPress database usage”

  1. dave on April 24th, 2008 11:30 am

    wp themes can certainly go a bit overboard, and i’m not certain that wp-cache is a perfect problem solver…perhaps that’s why tim berners-lee is blogging on drupal instead? 😉

    oh, but then there’s another layer to that issue: how many of your readers come to the site versus the scads of readers pulling via rss?

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