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Are WordPress website too fragile or is it just my imagination? (2 posts)

  1. drdave17
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    Posted 4 years ago #

    First a confession. I am not a wp expert but just wondering if this has already been dealt with and the solution.

    Just want to know why is it that a wp site can go down so easily as opposed to a regular website that one would build and host them self? Is it because WP websites are database driven?

    I run a wp site at my host and I will hate to build a social network site for a client and in less than a second the site will crash.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining that things may not work out i.e installing plugins, themes or whatever but it seems like any changes can easily take your website down.

    Is there a solution to this problem?

    In my case I use WordPress/MU/BuddyPress and of course several themes/plugins, etc.

    Maybe I am a Johnny come lately on this subject but would like to hear of a solution on how to build my website on bricks instead of sand.

  2. Well, WordPress is a dynamically generated blogging platform based around PHP and MySQL, which is quite different than a static HTML website.

    In the case of a static HTML website, the browser reads the HTML on the page, renders it, and you're done. It's a simple and quick process with almost no load on the server end.

    In the case of dynamically generated websites (like WordPress), the browser requests the page, the PHP code in the page then queries the necessary data from the MySQL database and formats it in a way that the browsers can understand (usually XHTML + CSS), then the browser renders it. As you can see, there's a bit more load on the server and the process may take a few milliseconds longer than a static HTML page.

    That said, the difference is not that extreme, and if you see your WordPress site going down often, you may want to consider finding another hosting provider.

    There are also plugins and other tricks to help you optimize the performance of your WordPress site.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Optimization

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

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