When a WordPress site or blog is not correctly set-up, it may negatively impact the rate at which the resources of that site are consumed. Thus, extra hosting cost! Below are some ideas that could help minimize such occurrence. Before implementing below suggestions, it is recommended that a manual backup is run to prevent any possible complications and allow the restoration of your site in the future, if needed.
1. Upgrade to the Latest Version: If your site is not yet upgraded to the latest version of WordPress, it will be a good idea to do so. This is because the latest versions have optimized code that could help minimize the CPU consumption of your site. This is a simple upgrade process that can be completed in few minutes!
2. Install a Cache Plugin: There are quite a number of WordPress cache plugins available but in the post, only two of the most commonly used ones will be discussed. It will be a good practice to read more about either of them from their official websites before installation.
WP Super Cache: This recommended by many because it is a simple and easy-to -manage plugin that is set up by default if installed. Like all other plugin installation, this can be installed from your WordPress Dashboard under Plugins.
W3 Total Cache: This plugin is for more advanced users because of its rich features. It can adversely affect the performance of your site if not correctly set up. So understanding the need of it is important before installation. For example, you may consider using this plugin if advanced caching features such as Minify or CDN integration are needed.
3. Plugin Review: It is important to disable any CPU internship plugin or other plugins that is no longer needed in your site. Review your plugins carefully to ensure that you are not using to many plugins where only few will do. Check the resource power of any plugin before installation. This is important!
4. Theme Review: Many themes can be CPU intensive if not well managed. If possible, disabling features dynamic image resizing could help. Making sure that your page loads are not generating errors in your Error Log is important also.
5. Minimal number of WP Crons: When there are too many WordPress Cron jobs running simultaneously on your site, possibility exists that it will cause a lot of system loads. So spreading your crons throughout the say and also giving each job enough time to complete will help.