WordPress is a very powerful blogging and content management system, and some of the world’s top news sites depend on it. If you use WordPress for your blog, you may start to experience some lag when traffic starts to pick up, and it may seriously affect the load on your server. This is a normal occurrence as your blog ages and becomes more popular, but it is something you can remedy.
The following are a few tips to help you reduce the amount of load your WordPress site puts on your server:
- Keep plugins updated – Sometimes a slow site might be due to a bug in one of your plugins. Try updating them to see if performance improves. You may also need to try isolating the problem plugin and removing/replacing it if there is no solution to its bug.
- Keep WordPress up-to-date – Like your plugins, new versions of WordPress may fix old performance problems. Keeping it up to date cannot hurt.
- Use caching – Caching is a great way to reduce CPU load. If you have several pages that are frequently accessed and only occasionally (if ever) updated, it makes no sense for PHP to call up your database every single time someone accesses that page. By caching those pages, they will load faster for users and put less stress on your server
- Use a content delivery network (CDN) – If you have a lot of media (images, video, etc.), a CDN may help you reduce your server’s workload. Your media will be loaded offsite, making it faster for users and more efficient for you.
If you are still having trouble, your blog hosting provider might be able to help you or at least give you advice on how to increase performance. If they are of no help or if you find out they are the cause of the problem, it might be time to shop around for a new host.