Why Does My Website Crash WordPress?

If you are reading this, then it means you are either a) looking for an answer to this question yourself or b) you run a website, and you are seeking a way to improve the functionality of your site.

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) used by people working with websites. However, despite its popularity, there are still many reasons why a WordPress-based website can crash.

Here are just a few of them.

Not Enough Storage Space

If your website uses WordPress, then it means it is powered by a version of the CMS that is pre-installed on your host server. In most cases, WordPress comes with plenty of storage space, but if you are ever running out of room, then you either need to upgrade your host or clean out some of your junk.

Regardless, if you are having trouble with space, then it is a sign you need to be upgrading your host and finding more room for your site’s data. Otherwise, you are just asking for trouble.

Too Much Traffic

Just like with storage space, if your website gets a ton of traffic, then it is a sign you are running into space issues as well. Especially if you are hitting the limits set by your host or WordPress itself. In these cases, you need to either find more space or look into ways to reduce your website’s traffic. And that is a subject for another blog post all together.

Poorly Executed Code

This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you write bad code, then it will break down your website’s functionality and potentially cause it to crash. WordPress is a great platform for developers to execute their coding skills, but that does not mean it is immune to crashing simply because of bad code. On the contrary, sites with poorly implemented code are the most common cause of crashes, especially when the code is being executed by a poorly programmed backend server.

Not Enough RAM

This one is pretty self-explanatory too. If you do not have enough RAM, then it means your website is going to be sluggish and potentially crash. Typically, WordPress does not come with pre-installed RAM. For that reason, if you are looking for a way to improve the performance of your WordPress site, then you need to either upgrade your host or find a way to purchase more RAM.

So, as you can see, there are many reasons why a WordPress-based website can crash. Regardless, it always helps to know the root cause of the issue before you try to fix it. Sometimes, simply re-installing WordPress or changing hosting plans can fix the issue and save your website. But, in most cases, you are going to have to do a bit of research to find out the root cause.