Let’s jump straight into the content of this article! Here are some more tips for optimizing a WordPress site, to make it ready for a high number of daily visitors (high traffic site):
Use a Managed WordPress Host
I recommend using a managed WordPress host. Managed hosts are optimized for WordPress, and they may even be optimized for your theme. The support staff can also help you with website difficulties and upgrades. This is my recommended host:
Use Stable WordPress Plugins
When I started web logging, my sites would often crash due to the unreliable WordPress Plugins I was using. These days, I only used vetted WordPress plugins.
Here a list reliable plugins (which are also used on this website):
- Askimet (removes comment spam)
- Relevansii (better searching)
- Contact Form 7 (easy contact form)
- W3 Total Cache (good site caching)
- Yoast’s WordPress SEO (SEO plugin)
- Transposh Translation Filter (provides automatic site translations)
- Smart 404 (tries to cope with misspellings)
- Subscribe To Comments Reloaded (allows readers to subscribe to comments)
These are plugins specific to Genesis Themes:
- Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404
- Genesis Widgetized Footer
- Genesis Favicon Uploader
- Genesis Print Style Plus
- Genesis Simple Hooks
Create Essential Pages
It really helps if your site is straightforward and easy navigate. Be sure to include a Sitemap, an About Us page and a Contact page. You can get some templates, from this member only post I created.
Install a Related Posts Plugin
I recommend using the Inline Related Post plugin.
Use a SEO checker
If you are looking to get the top of search engines listing, these SEO services can really help:
Notify Google, Bing, Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit
Monitor Your Site’s Uptime
When you are making money with your website, you must know immediately when it goes down. I use Pingdom to monitor all my sites — it will send me a email and SMS whenever a site goes down. I also set it to scan the make for a string of text, because sometimes a page will incorrectly redirect to another page, and Pingdom won’t sense a problem. However, if you set Pingdom to scan for a string of text you know should be on the page, you’ll avoid this issue.
Monitor Your Stats
Many people recommend Google Analytics for web statistics, but I don’t recommend Google due to privacy concerns. These are my recommended statistic services: