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WordPress Biggest Lessons in a Nutshell !
My Journey with wordpress
I have been a big wordpress fan and fell in love with this CMS as soon as i started using it a decade back. I have seen wordpress growth since the time it was a pure blogging platform. I must admit that with the support of biggest CMS ecosystem in the world it stands out clearly from the rest.
Why I use WordPress
I have used this CMS for many of our websites and achieved amazing results . One of my wordpress site loads in 0.8 seconds. There was never a time when i felt wordpress was not robust enough as a CMS. There have been many major updates in wordpress . It is getting better everyday with new features. The best part is that any feature needed in wordpress comes as a plugin.
It becomes easier to plug or unplug the feature with plugin. One need to have clear understanding of the requirement for a website to be built in wordpress. I started digging more on the wordpress scaling part as one of my site needed to clock 10000-100000 requests per hour. I was waking up everyday with questions like whether wordpress will support this kind of traffic. I searched across Google and found mixed response. Most of people on quora suggests that wordpress is not a capable platform for scaling specially when it comes to e-commerce. Keep Reading..
I have been with wordpress for long and have not found anything that makes it difficult for wordpress to handle that kind of traffic. It is made of simple architecture with php and mysql database. Unless there is any limitation with php and mysql there can not be any limitation with wordpress. The developer of wordpress website must understand the underlying concept fully to harness it’s full capability.
Which Hosting Plan to choose and what next
If you are using it, use it well with required capacity like ram and hard disk (better use ssd) as per requirement of the website. There are so many hosting providers offering good deal with respect to storage. One need to have good experience at analysing right hosting provider.
Once you get to have good hosting provider, it is second tough task to get everything working perfectly on wordpress. I had a situation where with VPS hosting with 1000 person trying to do shopping on wordpress site , we were getting error as “error establishing database connections”. We had CDN configured but we were still getting this issue. It was a shopping website which was seeing this kind of traffic and was expected to handle even more traffic.
One thing is very clear that more server resources like RAM and Hard Disk are needed to support traffic like this. But it is always advisable to optimise web resources to handle spike in traffic.
What to do to make wordpress faster
It always helps to build your website with minimum of plugins and light theme. Wordpress site remain soft target of hackers as most of the site admins do not update their website regularly.
Updating wordpress website is again a difficult task. The new update in plugin or theme can break your website. So maintain caution and never update those on live website. One must update and test on staging site before making any change on live website.
Spike in Traffic
If your website is growing and hitting traffic like 10000-100000 per hour then it needs optimization on plugins , theme and sever resources.You can also avail CDN service. It is good to place load balancer on hosting side.
One must do a site audit of a wordpress website to handle that much traffic.
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Author: Rajnish K
About Author :
Rajnishk is R&D Expert and is passionate for WordPress Stack. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org