Do you want to have incredibly fast WordPress and is website speed the main thing you consider when thinking about your web hosting and setup? Maybe it is not – but it should be. WordPress is not the fastest CMS in the world, but caching, server setup and code optimization can create an amazing user experience. Plugins like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache can be easily installed and will cache your WordPress posts and pages as static files. These static files are then served to users, reducing the processing load on the server. This can improve performance several hundred times over for fairly static pages. But caching plugins are not enough. WordPress is dynamic and so every time a page is rendered it is created on the fly. Systems like Movable Type used to prerender all their pages but with large (more than 1,000 pages) WP site this is impractical. Mark Jaquith gave an amazing WordPress hosting talk on WordCamp Europe and you can watch it on Mark Jaquith: Next Generation WordPress Hosting Stack When it comes to high performance setups – WPEngine released a new Vagrant machine called Mercury designed for people to try their stack locally and run tests before they deploy
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