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How Do I Optimize a VPS for WordPress? [9 Tips]

Picking a EASTLINKCLOUD VPS web hosting option for your WordPress site is an excellent choice. A VPS will offer more privacy, additional security, and dedicated resources. Essentially, you get several of the benefits of a dedicated server, without the added costs.

While a VPS plan will automatically open the door to improved performance, there are still things you can do to optimize your VPS for WordPress. 

This article will take a closer look at what you can do to get the most bang for your buck from a VPS hosting plan for your WordPress site and how to optimize it to work more efficiently.

1.Choose the plan with the right amount of storage

The first thing to know about a VPS hosting plan is you have FOUR different options at EASTLINKCLOUD. You can choose between the Standard, Business, Pro and Enterprise.

The main difference between each of these plans is the amount of RAM, CPU, BANDWIDTH and DISC SPACE available to you.The amount of RAM, CPU, BANDWIDTH and DISC SPACE you need will determine which plan you should select and how much you will pay per month for your VPS plan.Instead of guessing how much you will need, it’s smart to look at how much traffic you get, the size of your files, how much RAM you need to get your website to load quickly, and more.

The best news about EASTLINKCLOUD is it’s easy to switch plans. At any time, you can upgrade your plan to support your growing website.

Remember, EASTLINKCLOUD also offers excellent customer service. If you’re not sure if you’re overspending for your plan or need to upgrade, contact us and we’ll help you pick a plan that’s perfect for your website.

2. Update WordPress and your software

Updating WordPress and your respective theme and plugins aren’t the only updates to track. You’ll also have to check to ensure that your PHP and MySQL instances are running on the most updated versions.

Trying to run your site on old WordPress versions and plugins or outdated PHP and MySQL instances will bog things down and may even cause security issues. Do yourself a favor and schedule regular times to check and update your software.

3. Find a VPS hosting plan with powerful, local servers

As you conduct your VPS research, you’ll notice that not all web hosting companies and packages are created equal. In other words, not all VPS hosting plans provide powerful server combinations for uninterrupted support.Look for a plan with premium and proper server combinations.Look for the following:

– Linux
– SSD
– MySQL
– PHP

4. Expand your memory

Our website runs on processes that take up memory. Sometimes your site activity is slow and there is enough memory to keep things running smoothly. Other times, your site activity is heavy and you’ll need more memory.

5. Limit bot indexing

Search bots do a great job of indexing your site to return your relevant content in the search results. You don’t want to discourage search bots from crawling your site entirely. It’s also smart to sign up for a service that provides additional protection from malicious bots. Consider a service like Cloudflare. Cloudflare stops harmful bots by using threat intelligence at-scale, blocking bots from stealing sensitive information.

6. Eliminate hotlinking

Hotlinking is when another website owner wants to use an image from your WordPress site on their website. However, instead of saving the image to their desktop or taking a screenshot, the user will display the image on their site via the image URL.

If a site that has a ton of traffic hotlinks your images, then it can cause your server to work in overdrive for activity that you may not even want.A good way to prevent this from happening is to disable hotlinking on your WordPress site.

7. Look into server-targeted caching

The last time your browser started running slowly or loading pages wonky, you probably headed over to your browser settings and cleared your cache.

Just like you can clear your browser cache, there are server-targeted caching engines. These engines work to clear up your server when things get slow.

8. Optimize your content

Another critical piece to the server performance puzzle is the content it’s delivering. How you present and optimize your content can make a difference in site performance. Online tools like Google’s PageSpeed or WebPageTest.org are excellent resources. They are free and will analyze your website and show you what you can do to improve your site content.

Based on the analysis, you’ll learn how you can improve your front-end website configurations and back-end server settings to improve your WordPress site.

9. Above all, pick a reliable VPS hosting package from EASTLINKCLOUD!

While it’s smart to tweak your website and VPS for optimal WordPress and server performance, the best thing you can do for your site is to pick a VPS hosting plan that comes pre-configured and already optimized for WordPress.

EASTLINKCLOUD is consistently rated one of the top VPS web hosting providers. When you sign up with a EASTLINKCLOUD VPS hosting plan, you can rest assured you’re getting a plan that is optimized, reliable, scalable, and secure. Check out our VPS web hosting plan options today.

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