High-Traffic WordPress Scalability Secrets

How do you handle high traffic without your WordPress website crashing? That was the hot topic at the last meeting of Oahu Online Entrepreneurs.

Success can be a killer. You’ve finally got your website on the front page of TechCrunch, Mashable, Reddit, Hacker News, Gizmodo and Boing Boing. You should be congratulating yourself and drinking a glass of fine scotch. Instead, you’re on the phone with your web hosting company, begging and threatening them because your website crashed due to the flood of traffic.

Here are some resources to help you scale a WordPress website.  Warning: it’s about to get very geeky.

My Ultimate WordPress Blog Hosting Setup — In this post on Tentblogger, John Saddington reveals the exact tools and resources he uses.

WPEngine: Our Infrastructure — WPEngine was one of the pioneers in premium WordPress web hosting.  This article gives an overview of how they manage the back end of their customers’ websites.

Secrets of High-Traffic WordPress Blogs — Case studies in WordPress scalability.  WordPress geeks will love the list of “Essential Plugins” in the middle of the article.

High Performance WordPress Part 1 — The first part in a series, the author walks you through step-by-step in creating a powerful WordPress environment that can handle heavy loads.  You can go here for the rest of the series.

You can read this to understand what your web hosting technician or Chief Technology Officer is talking about. After reading all the articles, you might just want to delegate the server administration to a specialty WordPress web hosting company like WPEngine or Zippykid–they’ll do all this work for you.

Scaling WP — A blog by WordPress experts on how to . . . scale WordPress. High-level discussions.

Photo: Traffic Jam in Siam Square in Bangkok, Thailand. Flickr / Sippanont Samchai.