A guide to using WordPress in production environments, from small blogs to full-blown sites. Simplify deployment, optimize performance, and increase security with the most effective plugins and tweaks that help you get the most from your WordPress-powered blog.
Simple & Fast <ul><li>* Download/wget from wordpress.org </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>* Copying from existing install is troublesome </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>* Use local installer with important themes and plugins from official sources </li></ul>
Secure * Use only wordpress.org * For themes & plugins, inspect code if from other sources * Use SSH/SFTP for secure transfer if available; FTP is a last option
#2 Performance What limits performance? * WordPress is dynamic * WordPress is for everyone * WordPress is too popular
WordPress is dynamic * Every page view uses the database (and the CPU) * Use caching; WP Super Cache works best!
WordPress is for everyone * Some features are built for the other half of its users * Stick to what you need and what works for you!
WordPress is too popular * Almost automatically invites spam comments * Akismet takes care of the spam problem 99% of the time
More performance tricks * Offload content (Amazon S3, Flickr, YouTube, etc.) * Use only necessary plugins * Use 3rd-party comments (Disqus, Intense Debate, etc.)