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This short article will explain the best practices for running a well optimized WordPress on a Linux VPS.
There is no doubt that WordPress has gained a place in the history of the Internet. It has allowed millions of people to put their ideas and businesses online with minimal effort.
There are, however, downsides. WordPress is not very efficient and where you host your WordPress, and how you maintain it, will influence your website's performance.
Here are some best practices, which in our opinion are requirements, that you should follow to run WordPress:
- A Linux virtual server (also known as a VPS, or Virtual Private Server) running CentOS or Ubuntu.
- At least 8GBs of RAM.
- The VPS should run on SSD disk technology.
- Your webserver software should not be Apache; unfortunately, Apache is quite inefficient at handling high traffic. Buy a license of LiteSpeed, a Apache replacement that can easily handle millions of hits.
- The caching module WP-Cache should be enabled to reduce load from WordPress' CPU usage.
- Last, sign up for a free account with CloudFlare, a global content distribution network (CDN) that will "copy" your WordPress' static content to hundreds of servers around the world in order to serve them quicker to your visitors. It also provides DDoS protection.
We also have some suggestions regarding security:
- WordPress security issues show up quite often; you need to keep WordPress up to date at least on a monthly basis!
- You are probably using a WordPress theme you bought from one of the many online theme sellers (such as ThemeForest.Net), but watch out, many WordPress theme developers don't know much about security and load up their themes with plugins that are full of security vulnerabilities!
- For security, we recommend you sign up with Sucuri.Net. Their service will scan for security threats in your WordPress website on a daily basis.
- For monitoring, sign up with Pingdom.com. Pingdom will send you SMS text alerts if your website goes offline.
- And last, but most important of all: daily backups! It would be quite regrettable if someone gets into your WordPress, through a security hole in a WordPress plug-in that you may not even be using it, and have your entire website wiped out by some hacker.
Sounds complex? Yes, we know. That is why our tech support team is available to help set up all of this for you under one of our managed support plans.
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