I'm testing wordpress and it takes a long time (typically about 5-7 seconds) to display pages. This is true with both the site and the control panel. I can live with this, though it's annoying. However I doubt that many people will put up with it and so participation in my blog will not be that high. When a web site is sluggish, people tend to navigate away from it.
My static HTML pages that do not utilize Wordpress come up almost instantly. Is there a tuning trick that I should be using? I did install wp-cache but it seems not to make much difference. This is version 2.3 but was also true of the previous version.