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  • My WP sites seem to generate pages very slowly, taking 0.7 – 3.0 seconds. It seems like most WP sites list generation times of under half a second. I am running on a dedicated server, so processor time should be plentiful. I’m running a few simple plugins, InsertImage, RecentComments, and RecentPosts. Reducing the number of entries displayed on the main page has helped a little, but not enough. My current main page – which has about 6 fairly long entries – takes 1.3 seconds to load at the moment. See
    Here are my questions:
    1. Does the time listed at the bottom of the page (in the default index.php setup) reflect the actual amount of processor time occupied by my browser’s request for this page? If so, I can foresee major processor overloading if I start running WP on a lot of popular sites on the same server. This is the part I’m most concerned about.
    2. Can a large number of entries in the blog (I have over 500, mostly imported fromMT) slow down execution times?
    3. Can using header and footer includes slow down execution times?
    4. If I am hogging processor overhead with my pages, how can I reduce their demands?
    I’m OK with how fast the pages are loading in my browser, but not if they’re hogging massive processor time. Your guidance is very much appreciated.

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  • I think it’s a connection problem with your client. The time at the bottom is misleading since it’s not processer time– it’s time it takes for the page to get rendered by your browser. This can easily be slowed by your own connection or external factors.
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    The one thing that probably showing it down is that you’re fetching images from Amazon, which will lull you down. As for all the things you listed, 500 entries isn’t much. A modern dedicated server should be able to handle a 1,000,000+ post forum, which uses considerably more overhead than WP.

    Thank you. That’s very comforting, so I know I can host multiple sites without fear of massively overloading the server’s processor. I may reconsider the amazon images, since I hadn’t considered the fact that the browser has to resolve another domain to load them, and all my other images are local. Thanks for the tip!

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