WordPress uses PHP/mySQL to dynamically create pages while, I think I have this right, MovableType uses Perl to create static pages that get rebuilt only if posts, comments or categories are added. In theory MT should be faster for non-posting users but slower on Admin functions.
I understand that PHP servers have "dynamic page caching" that can serve cached versions to users (based on a time-interval or content change) that results in faster delivery & lower server load. Can anyone elaborate?
I'm looking at both WP & MT and am curious about server-load & how fast pages will load on a large database as I've seen some very sluggish php/mysql forums. Is there much of a performance difference?
In addition, WP can do a fast search on the database & quickly return results. How does MT search? Does it search the static pages or have a cgi database that it searches? (I'm probably missing some key concepts here that will clear things up for me).