WordPress has always been an ugly ball of code, something I’ve both
- ripped apart to support 1000s of simultaneous users, sandboxed front and back-ends running on separate boxes, a front-end load-balanced Squid-accelerated cluster with LVS, and NDB clustered storage (bad idea)
- run on tiny blogs like this one
Right now, to do my part for bloggers everywhere, I’m maintaining two WordPress plugins:
A WordPress plugin that automatically removes spam user registrations and other old, never-used user accounts. It also blocks the notification e-mail that is normally sent to the administrator every time a new user registers, and logs this event instead. Includes full logging and backup of any data it deletes.
A plugin to a plugin, WPSCMin is a small plugin for the static-caching WordPress plugin WP Super Cache. It uses Minify to strip whitespace and comments from static-cached HTML, reducing pages 10-20% in size.