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  • I’ve got a client who has a political blog (MT 3.1) which, during the presidential debates, was getting 3-5 new postings PER SECOND. Killed performance, apparently CPU-bound.
    I’ve heard that WordPress is much more scalable in this regard; can anyone point me at some *extremely busy* WordPress sites which demonstrate this?

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  • Anyone? Can WordPress handle this sort of traffic?

    Mark (podz)

    (@podz)

    Support Maven

    http://badnarik.org/supporters/blog/ is WP powered.
    I know of but cannot recall another pro-one of the other site that is done with WP.
    Matt’s site is fairly busy too, and has many links:
    http://photomatt.net

    It’s not simply a question of whether or not WP can handle it. Can the infrastructure that WP would be installed on handle it as well?

    Infrastructure – what’s the bottleneck for WP then? CPU due to MySQL? I/O?
    The blog I am considering converting from MT gets 900+ comments per post (in the space of minutes or hours), and MT cannot keep up.

    Moderator Matt Mullenweg

    (@matt)

    Troublemaker

    WP is much more efficient in this regard. Just try it out, let us know how it goes.

    i have a friend who once got 35000 genuine hits in 5 hrs on his blog (got slashdotted). he survived without problems…

    WP handles this a lot better. I’ll explain why:
    With MT, your pages are “re-created” each tim you post. This results in a big surge of CPU power, and then a lot less during normal traffic. If you have multiple postings per minute, it takes up a LOT of CPU power. However, if you post once a week – MT in this regard is actually ‘faster’ or less harsh on the CPU.
    With WP, each pages is “re-created” each time someone view it – however it takes far less CPU power. So, whether you post a new entry or not – the same amount of CPU power is used. It’s more dependent on traffic. In this regard – WP is much faster than MT.
    So, if you were to break it down:
    MT’s CPU usage is dependent on amount of postings/comments
    WP’s CPU usage is dependent on traffic.

    yap. showing content > MT is better
    getting feedback > WP is better

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