I use “WordPress”:http://www.wordpress.org to publish this blog. I like the package, but sometimes it seems more than a little slow. I suspect a big part of the problem is my shared hosting with Pair.com, particularly the mySQL database. As a result, I’m looking at other options for hosting a friends blog. The thing is, I’m really flying blind here.
It would be cool if there were a service that kept performace statistics for WordPress performance at a variety of web hosts. It could watch the ping services (like weblogs.com) to discover blogs, visit them and check for tell-tail signs of wordpress-ness, and then track the performace of the site over time. Statistics could be rolled up using IP addresss and routing info so as to group blogs by web hosting provider. It could also look at the performance information that many WordPress templates include as a comment in the generated page source.
It needn’t be limited to tracking WordPress performance either. It could also track the performance and availability of other common dynamic web applications, like Drupal & PHPbb.