WordPress's performance is pretty good unless you're doing some intense custom searches -- which if you're just setting things up probably doesn't apply.
If you're not happy with WordPress performance, it might be a matter of your hosting service. Make sure you're using the latest versions of PHP and MySQL (as well as WP itself), as the most recent versions will give you better performance. You might also check in to what kind of server your host provides. How much horsepower and memory are they putting into it? Is it a virtual/shared host? What is their bandwidth? Do they host on Unix or Windows? (Unix is faster...)
If someone has lots of widgets on their site, the widgets themselves could be slowing things down. It would depend on what they're doing and how well-written the widget is. There are usually multiple solutions to choose from. So if one widget's performance doesn't serve you well, you can try another one which might perform better.
I have found a few recommendations from the web on increasing WordPress performance, but they're really more for people that already have a good working knowledge of WP. Probably not the best thing for someone new to WP but I can track down my notes on that and forward them. Some of the items are things like creating indexes on the database, which may not apply to WP version 3.0+ but can help older versions, especially for larger databases.
On Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM, Johnny Adams <[address removed]>
Hi.? I need about a 1 hour consultation with someone who knows a lot about the WordPress, performance optimization for WordPress, and WordPress vs. HTML and other ways of building a site.
I like the widgets, admin panel etc, but the WordPress sites I've seen seem to run kind of slow.
I'm a software developer myself (some PHP experience) and am building a new site from scratch.? I don't necessarily need all the stuff built into the admin panel that makes it easy for people to build if they don't know HTML, CSS etc.
I expect to pay you.
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