How China Digital Times moved from MT to WordPress

Can you improve performance when moving from a statically generated site to a dynamic environment? You can if the conditions are right. In the case of CDT, publishing times were a nightmare with Movable Type. Search performance was horrible, and the comment spam problem caused such a drag on the server that we’d had to disable commenting altogether. Now, with the site fully tag-enabled, searchable and comment-able, loads are down dramatically and publishing times have dropped from 15 minutes to a few seconds.

Notes on a massive WordPress migration. Scot moved the China Digital Times site with 16,000 posts and 6,000 tags from Movable Type to WordPress and saw a huge performance increase. Nice.

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Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

8 replies on “How China Digital Times moved from MT to WordPress”

bssn – Yep, CDT has been blocked in China almost since it was launched, five years ago. We’ve had to keep it on a dedicated IP to prevent other sites on the same server from being blocked as well. It’s an unpleasant feeling, knowing there’s nothing you can really do to prevent it. Once the GFW flags you, you’re off the radar, period.

[…] I love the WordPress blogging platform because it’s open source, is easy to work with, boasts an excellent list of plugins, and runs anywhere PHP does. This account of a huge migration from Moveable Type to WordPress details some of the challenges of running a big site with a blog engine, and it also calls out some excellent WordPress plugins. Link via Holy Shmoly. […]

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