Tuning MT’s performance

Some good ideas from Chris Semper’s Blog on how to tuning MT’s performance. I think this is something I’m definitely going to have to undertake. Although I’m not very popular in the blogosphere, I’m still getting some 800+ page views per day. That’s a lot of building and rebuilding on the MT side with commnents, trackbacks, spam, etc.

On a somewhat related note, Chris has some good stuff on his blog, but I’m kinda afraid to explore too far. The way he as that picture of Bob Newhart on his site just makes me feel like he’s watching me. Kind of creepy.

7 thoughts on “Tuning MT’s performance”

  1. Kevin,

    who is Bob Newhart (never heard of that dude here in Austria)…

    did you want to suggest to take my portrait out of the site?


  2. I found you through Mark’s page and the comments you left about MT being a better choice. Reading this entry makes me wonder if you are doubting that choice. One thing I don’t miss about MT is having to rebuild.

    As a host I see a lot of blogs run with MT and I see a lot of people run out of bandwidth before the end of the month. A lot of them also have used most of their alloted space due to the way MT saves archives and template files. I don’t mind upgrading them to the next level, but as a friend to most of them, I have to be honest with them and tell them that MT is the problem when they ask why they are running out of space so quickly!

  3. No, I 100% stand by what I said. One of the great things about MT is that it builds archives. The user (BTW) has the option of what type of archives to build and can set that up to their preferences. And MT only rebuilds the archives when changes are made by default. All other rebuilds are initiated by the user or one of the users scripts. I really find it hard to believe that people would “run out of bandwidth” simply from page rebuilds. Ditto for using all of their alloted space. How little space do they have that they can’t store web pages? Saying that “MT is the problem” makes you sound like a shill for some other product. If you want to be a friend to them, you might attempt to advise them on how to configure their archives, if that is truly the problem. You might introduce them to CSS to get their code size down. Also, check the php includes to make sure that the full url isn’t being called, just the root. That’ll save some transfer and click too.

    Although it’s just my stupid personal blog, this site receives in excess of 900 page views/day. I have yet to run out of bandwidth (although I have quite a bit). I can see how someone with “heavy” page would run out of 1000MB rather quickly in that instance.

    If I were a host, I would be concerned with frequent calls to the server for dynamic page loads and sql calls. Granted, I still make a lot of them, but I make a lot fewer because much of it can be archived.

    Finally, MT’s archives give one HUGE advantage to a site that provides help/tips or a business blog, the pages can be indexed by search engines. Dynamic pages cannot.

    Saying that it’s MT’s fault is assinine. That’s like saying the nail gets bent because of the hammer. MT is a tool, nothing more. You can use it effectively & efficiently or you bump into walls wondering what’s so great about light.

  4. Dynamic pages cannot be indexed? I present my site, the WordPress site, and thousands of others WP-powered and other dynamic sites as proof. As far as performance goes, I’m not sure what the upper limit of WP might be because I don’t know anyone who has reached it yet. But there are currently sites handling twenty and thirty thousand page views daily with no problem at all.

    All that said, I don’t think there should be that much of a disk space different between using MT and WP. MT could be higher because the entirety of each page would be duplicated per post (if everything was statically generated) but I can’t see this using *that* much space. I could be wrong though.

  5. WordPress fans – go door to door somewhere else. Stay on topic (tuning MT) or go elsewhere. I’m not interested in going through the pros & cons of every blog system. We clearly have very differing opinions.

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