Hey! We might have met in my previous blog that was about a Basic guide to learn Search engine optimization . And now, we are going to learn how we can keep our WordPress websites safe from crashing.
So, Let’s get started with it!
When your website’s server is crashed, it means to be your site is permanently or temporarily unavailable to your audience. Even though there is an option to recover your website after the crashes. They do have their own troublesome effects.
It is true that WordPress websites are vulnerable to crashes. The reason is quite evident. WordPress is an open-source framework that is easily accessible and available to users, and people get a lot of easy options to customize with the plugins.
Initially, it’s great, but as your website starts growing, you start seeing errors like Your website is currently unavailable for maintenance, the server is not available. Etc… These crashes disable your users to access your content. This may affect your impression of the targeted audience as well as increases the bounce rate of your site. Therefore, I would highly suggest you capture the daily or weekly backups of your site.
Now, we are going to discuss the major reasons how WordPress websites crash and how we can prevent these prone to crashes.
Kind of Websites that Crash
Your website is likely to experience crashes if you catch the following factors in your website.
- People with less experience working on your site.
- Horrendous maintenance or no maintenance at all.
- Using third-party plugins for your site.
- Using a free or crack version of a theme.
- No plan to scale your site.
Major Reasons for a Website’s Crash
- Your Code is Broken
- Domain Name is Expired
- Google has Blacklisted your Site
- Unsafe Plugins
- Hacking & Malware Attacks
- Unprecedented Spike in Website Traffic
Your code is broken
Programming the code could be referred to as the foundation of building blocks of a website development. It’s because each functionality your website performs is made with a code in the backend. Your website is definitely going to crash if the is not correctly programmed.
It is important to put the code in micro-services architecture while making changes. This is the best practice to prevent your website from crashes. Because of this, even if one code gets affected while it is altered, the other will be able to work seamlessly without getting affected or intercepted. It is a huge responsibility to the site owner to ensure that only a professional works on the website’s code.
Tip: It is highly recommended to make changes on your website while there is a low amount of traffic.
Your Domain Name is Expired
Your domain name is used by the audience to find your website on search engines. It is also the first thing that a user noticed because of the unique URL on the top bar of the webpage. The changes to your website’s crash are high if your domain name is expired. This is the case when a website owner does not set the automatic domain renewal functionality.
You may have to reach your domain provider in order to renew your domain before it gets expired.
Another great way for reminding the domain expiring is to set up the WHOIS. It reminds you to renew your domain name in advance for three weeks.
Google has Blacklisted your Site
Even though Google’s blacklisting is not considered to be any crash to your site. But, the effects are even worse. You might not want your website’s trustworthiness to be affected.
Your website is accessible to the users. However, Google sends a notice to users which indicates that the website might be hacked, or it consists of some sort of virus or malware, and its impressions are harmful every time a user opens your website.
To avoid such kinds of issues, it gets essential to audit your website consistently and remove the errors that you find.
You might be aware of the significance of plugins if you have built your website on a CMS like WordPress. Most people go for WordPress because it’s an open-source framework and it is easy to access and use. WordPress has an open-source community that collects more than 50,000 plugins in the plugins directory.
Plugins are the reason behind thousands of websites going down the web despite the ease of use.
There are tons of WordPress third-party plugins in the directory that are hazardous because they are not getting updates and cannot keep up with the latest secure protocols. You are deliberately putting your website at risk if you have been using such kinds of plugins.
I would recommend always go for the premium plugins and update them by the time required to have an update.
Hacking & Malware Attacks
Hacking and Malware attacks could be the biggest disaster. A very few of the website owners take care of their websites, especially they keep websites safe from malware and hacking. The issues start getting visible to those who neglect the importance of a website’s maintenance and security. A hacker can delete your entire website or steal your databases once it’s been hacked.
In order to prevent your website from malware and hacking, you must stay on top of your website maintenance. Because the audits of your website enable you to find out the suspicious and malicious activities that are happening to your website or its database.
Unprecedented Spike in Website Traffic
Whenever you buy a hosting plan for your website, it allows you a certain bandwidth for your traffic. If the traffic goes out of the edge of the bandwidth limit, your site gets crashed because it cannot handle the traffic beyond the hosting plan limits.
To prevent these kinds of crashes, it is opted to purchase the hosting plan depending on your website’s requirements. Cloud hosting plans provide modern and scalable packages that are highly recommended for websites having huge traffic and data. It’s a major advantage to opt for Cloud Hosting.
In Cloud Hosting, you can resize your package depending on your website traffic in real-time, and you may have only to pay for the bandwidth that your website is consuming.
You can consider your website as a virtual front door to your business. If it can tackle the hurdles, nothing can stop your business go over the edge. Therefore, it is so important to always keep a team of professional website managers and developers for your website.