Steps to Optimize a High Traffic WordPress Blog

WordPress is one of the best content management systems (CMS) for blogging. And the best thing about WordPress is that it’s free, open source, but powerful. He is committed to developing a community that develops plugins and themes. And according to Wikipedia, WordPress is shared by over 12% of the 1,000,000 largest websites on the Internet. This makes WordPress unbeatable on such a CMS.

But WordPress is as powerful as a double-edged sword, but it also robs resources. The more complex the system, the more resources there will be for it. If this is a regular WordPress installation, it doesn’t require as many resources. But if you add more and more plugins and more complex themes, it will take a lot of resources. So why not remove all plugins then?

Let’s take a look at what WordPress plugins are for. The purpose of WordPress plugins is to extend the core WordPress functionality in order to add additional functionality to WordPress. Since WordPress plugins are developed by the community or personal developer, not all WordPress plugins are good. Most of them are dead projects or abandoned projects. And that will create a lot of problems for the WordPress blog itself. And high CPU usage is one of them.

A low traffic WordPress blog usually doesn’t pose problems due to high CPU usage or high memory usage. But when it comes to high traffic blog, you have to think about CPU usage and memory usage. Otherwise, your blog will slow down and, even worse, your account will be locked. Blocking is a really bad experience, you’ve lost visitors, and that’s bad for your site’s SEO.

Follow the tips below to optimize your high traffic blog:

one. Plugins
The WordPress plugin system is one of the most powerful features in WordPress. Developers or the community can easily create plugins to extend the capabilities of WordPress. Besides the easy-to-use API, it also has complete API documentation. And there are many examples and articles on the internet on how to develop a WordPress plugin. But this is a double edge. Even if it’s powerful, not all plugins are great. Some of them are dead projects or discontinued, and worse, they leave security holes in your WordPress blog. So, I suggest minimizing your use of WordPress plugins. Use only highly recommended (high rating and most downloadable) and valid plugins (support continued). Always test the plugin on your dummy site before uploading it to your live site. One mistake can be a disaster for your site. So choose carefully.

2. Themes
The WordPress template / theme system is also one of the best WordPress features. You can easily change themes and customize them. And there are many free or premium themes you can find. I suggest you use simple, easy to read and beautiful themes for your high traffic blog. Because if your themes are complex, your server will need more resources. For example, sliding featured post is a nice feature for the user. But not to load the server. Roll up your themes (css, image and javascript) to optimize server load.

3. Optimize script
Script optimization means removing the unnecessary script and changing to optimize the script algorithm. Scripts include php, css, sql and javascript. Check the execution time of your script and also optimize, optimize and optimize.

4. Use a caching mechanism
This is one of the most important things you should have for a high traffic blog, a caching mechanism. There are many WordPress plugins for caching. There are 4 caching mechanisms: database caching, page caching, memory caching, and object caching. Database and page caching you should have. There are several plugins for this, but I highly recommend installing reloaded db cache and hyper cache. These 2 plugins are best for the caching engine.

5. Host the images on another server or use cdn
Host your images on another server or use cdn. Placing the images on a different server or CD will reduce the CPU usage of your server. Imagine that you have 1k images stored on your server. And you have to serve 10 thousand visitors a day. This will consume your CPU resources, and as a result, your site will be slower to respond. Besides images, you can also host css and javascript files on another server or CD.

6. Analyze your traffic
Use and analyze your app for analytics or traffic monitoring. I recommend Google Analytics and Awstats. Google analytics to analyze your traffic sources, daily traffic and more. And based on that data, you can decide where you should host your site, for example, most of your traffic comes from the US, and then host your site in the US. And analyze your traffic with Awstats (available on cpanel) to find fewer hours of traffic. And you must make a backup or update during these hours.

7. Optimize your database and backups regularly
Database optimization is also important, if you have a lot of data in your MySql database, this will create overhead. Therefore, you need to regularly optimize your database to maintain the performance of your MySql database. And you should regularly back up your database to prevent crashes.

eight. Go to VPS
Finally, when you get 5K traffic per day, you have no choice but to use a VPS (virtual private server). Buy the smallest or medium-sized VPS to get started. And later, as your site grows, add more resources to your VPS.

That’s all for now. Final words, good luck with your blogging and happy blogging.

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