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How to Avoid WordPress Shared Hosting High CPU Problems

The most popular CMS is WordPress. This is due to the fact that it is easy to use and there are a wide variety of plugins to apply. If the host is shared then WordPress may bring about complication of the user’s CPU.  Excessive CPU usage has resulted in the suspension of many web accounts. This has led to massive complaints from the webmasters. Even if your websites does not attract high traffic, the accounts are still being suspended.

The amount of request that servers receives always will determine the usage of the CPU. The amount of people who log into your blog/site simultaneously will be a determiner as well. Nevertheless, your main aim is reducing the amount of your CPU usage.

Tips on how to reduce your CPU usage

Below are couple of tips that will help you to reduce your CPU usage.

  • Unwanted plugins should be removed.

Maximum resource is usually consumed when it come to WordPress. Plugins will become unresponsive over time. Plugins may not be tallying the current Wordpreess version, in this regard. Reliable plugins are often recommended to be installed. Also one must ensure that the plugins that are no longer in use are removed. Server overload occurs due to overloads of plugins. It is wise to avoid using plugins that are poorly coded and the unnecessary ones must be deactivated.

  • Plugins must be updated to the latest versions.

It is not easy to update plugins. If one has failed to follow the latest development in WordPress may result in massive amount of bugs. Keeping check on forums will also ensure that you confirm that it is safe to update. Before updating a plugin ensure that you have carefully read the instructions on the pop-up massage that bring update news.

  • Optimization of the routine database.

PhPMyAdmin will always optimize your database tables after you have logged in. this will ensure that you have smooth running of your things. Failing to optimize the data tables overloads the server. Data tables that are not optimized results in more CPU usage. Unapproved/spam data can also be deleted besides optimization.

  • Theme concentration.

Theme always increases CPU usage. Change your themes whenever you notice that they have piled up. More stylish your theme is the more the CPU is loaded. An optimized theme has a better working condition and has minimal resource consumption. Themes coming with plugins must be ensured that the plugins are updated also. Themes with fewer queries are more preferable.

  • WordPress must be cached and upgraded.

Is your WordPress version the same old one? It is about that time that you upgraded to the current version now. Many people ignore to upgrade their versions to the latest version just because their accounts woks perfectly well. Security measures and optimizations are more advanced with the latest versions.

Caching programs for WordPress may be installed. Each web page in your site is archived through caching. Server is hence lowered because queries that are sent to the database are minimized hence no multiple pages will be generated.

  • Reduction of widgets.

Some widgets are not essential. Those that are not of any benefit to the reader should be removed. A lot of widgets strain the server. Thus the unwanted widgets should be removed in order to reduce the CPU usage and the server load.

  • Data calls or PHP should be lowered.

Data calls and PHP scripts consumes CPU resource. Certain PHP/database is unavoidable even after caching your sites. The unnecessary options should be disabled. In order to do this you should carefully read the documentation about the plugins.

  • You should lower the load on index.php file

During peak hours your homepage will often create load on the server. Keeping your home simple in order to avoid loading your server. High resolution images also unwanted links and files that might be on your homepage. CDN servers like Cloudfront are always recommended.

  • WP-Cron should be disabled.

Schedule task to run every hour or disable WP-Cron. This reduces CPU usage in a major way. All your schedule events are managed by WP-Cron and thus it is active on many sites continuously even when it is not needed.

  • Plugins that uses excess CPU load must be avoided.

Backup and security plugins are the commonly heavy on CPU. Host providers with integrated solutions are the best that are being offered.

Server monitoring tools are available in order to assist with this issue. Monitoring scouts have greatly contributed to this article and thus vouching for the product is immaterial.

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