How to Increase WordPress Hosting Capacity
You may be familiar with the saying “a penny pinchers’ paradise”, when it comes to online stores. This applies to WordPress hosting as well. While it is possible to get the basics for free, the more you pay the better the service. There are different plans available to suit various needs. In this article, we discuss some tips on how to maximize the performance of your WordPress installation, and how to get the most from your money.
The Most Basic Need
The most basic need that every WordPress host must provide is web space. This is exactly what it says on the tin. You need space to install WordPress. Even if you are using a free service (which you probably are if you are reading this), you will inevitably have to pay for web space. Fortunately, the cost is fairly low. You simply pay per month and per year as you use it. So, if you are using WordPress as a free blogging platform, you may want to consider paying for web space. Even if you are using a business-class hosting plan, you will only need a few dollars per month.
Install WordPress On A Multi-Site Network
A multi-site network (multi-site meaning more than one site, or blog, configured on the same server) allows you to host several WordPress sites (Websites) on one web server. Each site in the network is given a unique address that is accessible by search engines and anyone who comes across the site in a web browser. This is a great way to increase your exposure to potential customers, otherwise known as “eyeballs”. Installing WordPress on a multi-site network is quite straight-forward. You will simply need to create a new WordPress installation for each site in your network. When you go live, your sites will appear in the same menu under the “Sites” heading in your WordPress admin area. From there, you can manage the appearance and functionality of each individual site. For example, you can change the background image for a site, edit its content, or turn off the site completely (delete it, in other words).
The advantage of this setup is that you can maintain all of your sites from one place. If you are growing your business, this is a great way to keep track of all your sites, as well as making it easier to manage things from one place. In addition, you can create different configurations for each site in your network (basically pieces of HTML or PHP that control how things behave on a per-site basis). This makes it easier to set these up for new sites as they are created, or for existing sites that you update to use a different theme or template. The disadvantage is that if you are a person who likes to keep track of all your sites individually (which most people do), then this can get rather time-consuming to keep track of all the information you need to modify.
If you are looking for a free solution, then this may not be the best option for you. Remember, the more you pay, the better the service. You can find cheaper options (most free hosting providers will suffice) but you will lose some functionality in the process. For example, if you pay for a basic WordPress hosting plan, you will not be able to install any plugins or modify some of the settings on the fly (i.e. when you visit the site). You will also not be able to create sub-sites or configure email notifications for new content.
The advantage of this solution is that all of the sites are located on the same server, so it’s easy to configure security on a global basis (across all sites). The disadvantage is that if you are a person who likes to keep track of all the sites individually, then this can get rather time-consuming to keep track of all the information you need to modify.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
A VPN is a type of software or service that allows you to access the internet via an encrypted tunnel. The tunnel is set up between your device (typically a laptop or desktop computer) and the VPN service. Essentially, this means that when you connect to the internet via a VPN, all of your internet traffic is encrypted and secure. In addition, many VPNs offer “split tunneling” functionality, which lets you route specific types of internet traffic through the tunnel, while keeping other types of traffic (such as HTTP and DNS lookups) out. This effectively gives you two separate connections to the internet via VPN: one that is private and secure, and one that is open and untrusted. You can use the separate connections for different purposes (e.g. keeping your personal data private when you are on public Wi-Fi, or vice versa).
The advantage of using a VPN is that all of your internet traffic is encrypted and secure. The disadvantage is that most people experience some form of buffering or latency when using a VPN. Depending on your needs, this may be a deal-breaker. If you are looking for something that will give you the best of both worlds (encryption and no latency), then you should look into a VPN solution.
Install WordPress On A Dedicated Server
Dedicated servers are simply web servers that are dedicated to a single user or organization. This means that they are not shared among multiple websites. If you take care of things correctly, you will be able to host several WordPress sites on a single server. The best part is that you can install WordPress on a dedicated server and choose exactly which resources (including the operating system) to give to the website. This makes it easy to set up different configurations for each site (again, if you take the time to do this correctly).
The advantage of installing WordPress on a dedicated server is that you can give it all the resources it needs to perform at its best. This includes CPU power, RAM, and hard drive space. In addition, you can ensure that all your sites are always available, without any delays or downtime. The disadvantages are that you will have to pay for a dedicated server, and you will have to take care of all the technical tasks involved in hosting multiple sites (such as keeping the operating system updated, fixing issues when they arise, and securing the server from hackers and malicious attacks). If you are not comfortable with technology, then this may not be the best option for you.
The advantage of this solution is that you can give your websites all the resources they need to perform at their best. The disadvantage is that you will have to pay for a dedicated server and take the time to learn how to use it correctly.
Use Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is basically web-based computing (e.g. storage, databases, and applications) that allows you to get resources without worrying about the physical hardware. This could include things such as storing your website’s data in the cloud, and having web applications that access this data (rather than having them on your local computer). The benefit of doing this is that you no longer need to have a powerful computer in order to run your website. You can simply rent CPU time and storage space from a company that offers these services. In addition, when your website is hosted in the cloud, you no longer need to worry about patching your computer’s operating system, or updating it when a new version is released. This saves you a great deal of time and effort, not to mention the annoyance of trying to keep track of multiple computer systems (just to keep them all up to date).
The advantage of using cloud computing for hosting your website is that you no longer need a powerful computer in order to run it. You can simply rent CPU time and storage space from a company that offers these services. The disadvantage is that you will have to learn how to use cloud computing, and keep up with all the changes that come with it. In addition, you will have to find a reliable hosting provider that offers this service (many of which are rather costly). If you are looking for a free solution, then this is probably not the best option for you. But for those who are paid for their computing resources (via a cloud-based service), it’s a great way to save money and increase productivity.
Use The Free Software
While there are other solutions to increasing wordpress hosting capacity, none of them are perfect. For starters, you need to have either a paid hosting plan or a dedicated server in order to use these solutions. Additionally, many of these solutions are designed for larger organizations, which have the financial resources to invest in better hardware (i.e. more expensive solutions). Finally, not all of these solutions allow for all the customization that a business, such as yours, may need.