Using Apache Bench, the home page of my site can only handle 0.42 requests per second. A simple phpinfo() page can handle 31.99 requests per second, which seems really slow for such a simple script. Obviously my home page handling 0.42 requests is not acceptable.
I'm running Apache 2.2 on Windows Server 2008. 4 GB RAM, 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon CPU.
The site is built on the PHP CMS Expression Engine with a MySQL database. Expression Engine has really aggressive page caching, so the home page is for all intents and purposes static (there is some processing going on, but it just ends up storing a static file on the hard drive). I have SQL caching turned on as well (200 mb allocated). When the page isn't cached, there is 84 queries on the home page, which doesn't seem too crazy.
Anyone have any obvious ideas as to how I can make this thing run better? Some kind of php.ini, my.ini or httpd.conf setting I should check out?