WordPress is database-driven, so it's not quite as fast at serving up individual pages as a CMS that writes static files to the server, like Movable Type. However, there are a number of things you can do to improve its performance, starting with caching dynamic output to static pages. I'll explain how caching works and show you how to set it up. I'll also look at some ways to identify performance problems in your installation.
The down side of being the most popular CMS in the world is that WordPress attracts a lot of attention from would-be hackers. The development team does a great job of responding to newly discovered vulnerabilities quickly, so staying up to date with the latest release is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from attacks. However, there are a number of other little things you can do, and I'll walk you through them in the second half of this chapter.
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