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Top 5 most common WordPress hosting problems, and how to fix them?

Common wordpress hosting issues

WordPress specific hosting is gaining a lot of interest these days, whether it be for aspiring freelancers or casual bloggers, WordPress hosting plans have given them a freedom from majority of problems we usually face with general hosting plans.

Background:

WordPress hosting plans, while take care of most of the frequent issues faced by users but still they sometimes miss out on few. Here we’ll be talking about the 5 most common problems you face with WordPress hosting plans and how can you quickly resolve them. So lets get started.

1) PHP Version mismatch:

One of the most common issues these WordPress plan dont take care of is the frequent update of the PHP version to the most recent and stable version, because of which you may end up leaving your website/blog vulnerable to secutiry threats or can potentially face issues with some of the plugins/themes you recently installed.

How to fix this:

To upgrade your PHP version you need to go to your Hosting panel and under Domain > PHP Settings > Select the latest PHP version.

Make sure you check the latest stable PHP version before making changes.

Selecting PHP version from Hosting panel dropdown

If your Hosting panel is not showing the latest version, ask your Hosting provider to add it for you.

2) Gzip compression:

Compression gives your website a speed boost and faster loading time, properly implemented Gzip compression can even help you get a higher rank on search engines, ultimately giving you a higher amout of organic traffic.

Most of the WordPress hosting doesn’t enable it by default and you need to explicitely enable this under your server settings.

How to fix this:

To enable it go to Hosting Panel > Domain > Apache and NGINX Settings

Enabling gzip compression from hosting panel

and add following code under ‘Additional nginx directives’ section. While things can slightly vary for different hosting panels and different versions of same panel.

gzip on;
gzip_disable "MSIE [1-6]\\.(?!.*SV1)";
gzip_proxied any;
gzip_comp_level 5;
gzip_types text/plain text/css application/javascript application/x-javascript text/xml application/xml application/rss+xml text/javascript image/x-icon image/bmp image/svg+xml;
gzip_vary on;

3) Wildcard SSL:

This usually is not part of WordPress hosting by default, which again makes it one of the most common issues while working on websites having multiple subdomains linked to it.

WildCard SSL is a type of SSL certificate which stands valid across all the subdomains along with the primary domain for that particular website. If not explicitely enabled you may end up having a mixed content website, which again is not a very SEO friendly method.

How to fix this:

To get the WildCard SSL, a good call is to ask your hosting provider to enable Lets Encrypt SSL on your WordPress hosting or buy an SSL which is meeting your requirements.

How to enable WildCard SSL on WordPress Hosting using Lets Encrypt Free SSL.
Enable WildCard SSL on WordPress site using Hosting Panel and Lest Encrypt

Dont forget to use Really Simple SSL to remove the mixed content issues post SSL installation.

4) Security:

Security is another major concern, while most of the WordPress hosting comes with basic security policies but make sure you have the centralized double check system to tap on any potential security loopholes.

How to fix this:

Make sure you have the centralized ‘WordPress Management’ extention installed by default on your hosting, if not, ask your Hosting provider to add it on your panel. This extention gives you a great visibility of any security loopholes and a centralized control to fix them.

How to fix security issues using your WordPress Management extention for your hosting provider.
WordPress Hosting Security Status

I also recomment having ImmunifyAV extention installed on your hosting panel for frequest malware scans and Sucuri plugin on your WordPress website to make sure things are intact.

If you dont have these extenstions on your Hosting Panel, again chase your Hosting provider to add them.

5) Plugins and Upgrades:

Last but not the least, there are frequest upgrades released by WordPress community, plugin developers, and theme owners, and its very critical to have these stable upgrades installed on your WordPress instance to avoid any potential issues/compatibility concerns or security threats.

While some of you may choose to avoid certain upgrades becuse of any restrictions you have put on the website, still I would recommend you to go through the release notes for upgrades and understand the criticality of the changes deployed.

How to fix this:

Once you grow your websites, if becomes difficult to track updates for your individual sites, while the WordPress Management extention of your hosting panel notifies you if any upgrade is available, still I recommend using some trust worthy upgrade dashboards like ManageWP.

ManageWP provides you with a worker plugin which you need to install on your website and connect it to the central dashboard either via credentials or using the connection key.

How to manage all WordPress Plugin/Theme/Core/Comment upgrades from a single dashboard on ManageWP
ManageWP Dashboard to keep track of plugin/theme/core upgrades

Conclusion:

WordPress is a great content management system to create blogs and websites and with recent WordPress specific hosting plans in market, its getting moch more easier to manage your WordPress installation. While these hosting plans automates most of the functionalities for you, reducing the time you spend on maintainence, making you focus more towards content development. But parallelly there are few checkpoints you should always keep in your mind, for instance the security policies we talked about plays the most critical role for your website to face any attacks.

The SSL certificate and specially wildcard SSL makes it easier to install SSL across your subdomains on a single click, meking your sites more secure. Another key factor is the gzip copression which gives you a boost in organic traffic. Also make sure you have the most recent stable verion of PHP installed to sun your website in a secure and scalable manner.

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    This is useful info, thanks for sharing mate.

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