Starting a new blog or any other kind of WordPress site is easy. But as your site content grows and also visitors increase the problems start rising. You site will start responding slower and will have bad user experience. In this article I will provide hosting places and plugins list using which you can make your wordpress site handle huge number of traffic and also increment performance.
Choosing a hosting company is the first basic step. We need a hosting company which can handle large number of visitors(internally employing load balancer’s and other techniques), take automatic backups everyday(backup of wordpress directory and mysql tables), update wordpress core automatically, provide unlimited bandwidth, provide email severs, provide TLS and provide clustering & replication for MySQL installation.
There are many hosting companies provide these features but my favorite is Mediatemple. It provides all these features and is of very low price. Mediatemple also protects your website from DDos attacks and password brute force attacks.
Cloud Storage and Content Delivery Network
Delivering posts/pages attachments(pictures, videos, file etc in wp-content/uploads directory) and static files(CSS, JS, etc) via CDN is required if your website has huge traffic from all over the world. CDN decreases the physical distance server and client which makes the delivery of data faster.
You can use Amazon S3 or Maxcdn. All the files stored in cloud don’t need any backup as its the job of the cloud company to keep them secure. Mediatemple will not backup the files stored in cloud, it will backup only those things that are stored in their hosting servers.
MySQL was never made for building a search application. WordPress has a search functionality which can takes terms and search for those documents in MySQL. WordPress actually uses regular expressions to search for posts/pages matching those terms. Using regexp for searching in documents is actually slower if you have huge number of posts/pages as it has iterate through every post/page.
The solution for this problem is to Solr engine to implement search functionality in wordpress. Solr is a completely different software which can store documents and search based on terms by using very complex algorithms. To integrate wordpress with solr for search functionality use Advanced Search by My Solr Server plugin. This plugin will index all posts/pages in Solr and during search it will retrieve matching documents from solr which makes search functionality very fast. But first you need a server running solr, you can get solr hosting from Opensolr.
Caching, Minifying, Compression and Much More
There are lot of other factors on which website performance matters. Some of these factors are browser caching, resources minifying, compression HTTP responses etc. You can get all these features into your wordpress site using W3 Total Cache plugin.
Moving WordPress Installation
If you are already running a WordPress site and you want to move it to a another hosting space(ex: mediatemple) to support more users and features then find out about moving wordpress site here.