Frustrations With WordPress: No Server Optimization Guide

Recently, I have been talking to more and more people who are complaining about the server usage that WordPress is putting on their hosting. Some are buying inexpensive shared hosting accounts, some, like me, are on a managed VPS, while others have their own dedicated server.

The amount of server resources used by WordPress varies wildly for these people, with some coming across horrible performance walls with less traffic than myself, and others having much lower usage levels on their servers than I do. The part that bothers me so much is that there isn’t a nicely compiled guide out there to performance tune WordPress hosted blogs.

Sure, there are caching plugins, but going beyond that Matt Mullenweg has said that Automattic has helped hosting environments with their situations so that they can better support more traffic with the resources they have available, and so why isn’t there a basic server performance guide for WordPress? A best practices guide when setting up a server for displaying the PHP pages that WordPress needs to generate, or dealing with MySQL calls, or best practices for caching. Which applications should we be using to get the most performance from our WordPress blogs?

If there are so many great tips out there for making WordPress run effectively in high traffic situations, where is the organized guide for web hosts, or server owners? This could resolve so many issues that my friends are having, and help me reduce the load on my own VPS. Sure, it would take some time to compile, but the guides out there for serving up PHP pages and optimizing MySQL are currently difficult to understand, with little information on the overall benefits with relation to WordPress itself.

Come on WordPress ninjas, it is time to write a best practices guide for server administrators.

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3 thoughts on “Frustrations With WordPress: No Server Optimization Guide

  1. Squeaky

    I have to say that you are correct that the lack of information to setup WordPress to handle more web traffic, is something which should be addressed. While there is plenty of information from third parties out there, I have a very hard time to understand what they are talking about. It appears to me, that you either have to be a Linux geek or have to hire one to get this type of job done.

  2. DWS

    Agree. I have a pile of WP blogs, but after a few months, I still do not know for sure If my server could do with some optimization. No checklist available, no guides, not even any clarity on exactly how the cache plugins should work. 50 % of the time they don’t till you fiddle with them and edit them. The lines which should get added to the .htaccess don’t get added, or they get added in the wrong place. Caching in my opinion should have been built into WP as a one-click option.

  3. Make Money Online Blogging

    You can use wp-cache to accelerate the loading and minimize the resources usage. Some bad plugin will eat up a lot of resources, I once need to increase my php memory limit up to 128 MB!

    Hopefully automattic will optimize their system or at least provide some guide or ebooks for all users.

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