WPMark consists of two components: a WordPress plugin and a JMeter test plan. The WordPress plugin populates an empty install with the requisite demo content, sets up the requisite options, and generates cached copies of portions of the site for testing.
With WordPress powering an estimated 16.7% of all websites1, having tools to evaluate server performance for running WordPress is becoming necessary. At the time of writing this article, there are no known published investigations into determining the optimal server configuration for WordPress. Yet, hosting providers will make bold claims, such as “My blog is 4x faster than your blog”. While these claims make for entertaining t-shirts, without a defined methodology there is no way to verify them.
- Mullenweg, Matthew. “State of the Word 2012.” WordCamp San Francisco 2012. San Francisco . ↩