Speed Up your WordPress website

WordPress bloggers who are looking to enter the high traffic arena need to consider a number of things when setting up their entire configuration so they could deal with the sudden onslaught of traffic from sites such as Reddit, Slashdot, Facebook and Twitter. Staying online during that high traffic period is key because people will easily head to other sites if they can’t access your data due to slow load times. Here are a number of tips to help you survive those hundreds of hits per second.

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codyodiodi1941d ago

@ A Proper Server claim. From my experience HostMonster is more than enough to power a Wordpress blog. I've had 32,000 in a single day and while my site did get throttled everything still loaded just fine and my server was not shut down. Granted I've used my share of VPS and Dedicated Servers too.

In my experience InMotion is terrible, HostGator is decent for VPS and LiquidWeb is the place to go for Dedicated.

Speed-Racer1941d ago (Edited 1941d ago )

32000? in a single day? what a joke. As I mentioned first of all, users should consider their concurrent connections rather than the total over a day. Try dealing with 100,000 in the space of less than one hour. I've had a post go to about 600,000 hits in a day (thanks to gullible facebook users) on a VPS, but I had to upscale a bit to deal with the traffic in the higher periods. Also some shared hosts are simply slow to access.... they may be able to handle the traffic but the ping times may be horrendous.

And lol... at server claim... didn't I mention that VPS (which are essentially very flexible virtual machines on clouds) are a good place to start?

codyodiodi1941d ago

600,000 hits? That's what 10,000 page views depending on how many files you have on that page?

If we are going by hits I've had websites with 4 million hits a month on a shared host.

I'm so sorry but when one of my websites was ranking number 1 and 2 for modern warfare 2 search terms and getting 5,000 - 10,000 visitors a day and 25k - 50k ad impressions a day I was still fine on the shared hosting plan. I only upgraded to dedicated after a few outages and I decided I wanted to have the best up time possible. It didn't make that website any faster though.

A VPS is a waste of money for anyone starting a blog. The chance of the blog getting big instantly is next to impossible. From my own personal experience I only move websites off of my shared hosting account over to a dedicated host when the website takes off and I want maximum up time. I've never noticed much of a speed difference from my shared hosted blogs and my dedicated hosted blog. VPS servers are for the most part worthless in my experience so long as you have a decent quality shared host.

Speed-Racer1941d ago (Edited 1941d ago )

I'm sorry, I only speak in terms of unique page views... so 600,000 unique page views. I mean who really watches how many hits individual objects get? -.- which makes the rest of your argument irrelevant to me. I usually like to keep the window open for heavy traffic spikes such as that. I can say a VPS is worth because the ad revenue from those bursts can cover you for a couple months.. just with one night of traffic!

codyodiodi1941d ago

I'm sorry I only speak in terms that web developers speak in. A hit = one file being accessed.

Yes 600,000 unique page views would certain help make more than enough money to cover a VPS for well over a year if you monetize correctly however I doubt that most bloggers are going to see spikes like that.

Not only that but this is article was about SPEED and not RELIABILITY which is why I am saying that I have never noticed much of a difference between dedicated servers and shared servers in terms of SPEED.

Speed-Racer1941d ago

Lol @ web developer's talk. Maybe you should get of your high horse and speak what really matters from the marketing point of view. No advertiser wants to hear how many objects are accessed, but how many actual unique views your entire web page gets. Reliability... I'm not sure you know how to correctly use that word, because both systems prove to be reliable. I think you meant to say the cost/benefit analysis points towards to direction of a shared server (for most bloggers).

Speed is still very important though. I rarely visit sites hosted on Bluehost because they take incredibly long to load.

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TheBeast1940d ago

So...what did I miss? >.>