The WordPress Development Guide
WordPress now powers 38% of the web as it remains to be a reliable CMS that handles various applications handling millions of users and tens or even 100M views a month. This guide is for SME executives and even those of large enterprises who want to understand this CMS better.
Over the last years, we have built WordPress-driven software for automotive manufacturers, airline brokers, banks, large educational institutions, enterprise digital media publishers, and certification authorities, among others. This guide is a collection of different strategies we have learned and implemented over the years.
WordPress and Scalability
How suitable is WordPress for large enterprises and is it scalable?
Large and Complex WordPress Websites
WordPress is a proven CMS that handles various applications handling millions of users and tens or even 100M views a month. From my experience, scaling from 10M to 50M is feasible, 50M to 100M is challenging, 100M – 200M is quite complex and 200M+ may require some serious engineering effort. Then again, it really depends on the most complex components and handling the right solutions with the corresponding vendor.
Building Enterprise-Grade SaaS with WordPress
We have built 7 successful SaaS solutions on top of WordPress, some having tens of thousands of subsites in a Multisite environment. I’ve personally consulted and built extensions for a couple more with over 100K subsites in a network, which was pretty cool. Basically, no project is complicated or problematic until it grows.
Top Considerations for Building a SaaS Application
WordPress is a great solution for Software as a Service platforms that revolve around content, user management, and extensible capabilities or payment options. Given that WordPress now powers over 34% of the Internet, it’s been proven in terms of scalability and security and provides a number of integrations with 3rd parties who aim for wider adoption, supporting commonly used platforms.
WordPress Code Architecture
Working on features or updates for existing products means that you have to comply with the current system. Following the code standards and patterns being used, etc. Even if you follow all of the best practices from the Codex and the Handbooks there are plenty of ways to build a plugin or a platform.
Debugging WordPress Code
Debugging and improving upon a messed up WordPress project is quite a challenge. A common misconception in the WordPress world is that a website would work “just fine” by setting up a few WordPress plugins combined with a premium theme.
Sure – you can also set up a massive enterprise platform that consumes 8GB of RAM for the first load but it doesn’t make it efficient or the right choice for a successful project.
WordPress and Working With Clients
What are the ways clients can further leverage WordPress?
Scaling Mistakes with A Large WordPress Website
Running a successful large WordPress website that generates hundreds of thousands or millions of page views a month comes with its own challenges. Business owners often become victims of various dangerous mistakes while scaling their online presence leading traffic to a platform that couldn’t handle the volume of users or content published on a regular basis.
WordPress Backward Compatibility
Backward compatibility is one of the pillars of the platform that comes with the highest priority. Over the past ten years, the technological progress in WordPress has been moving somewhat slowly, but that ensures that no WordPress website would be left behind.
Leads for a WordPress Development Company
In order to grow as a professional WordPress developer, you have to work with businesses that believe in expert development and value the long-term results. More often than not, business owners are fooled by the media and marketing collateral online explaining how easy development is, solutions sold for $20 – $100 or site builders that would supposedly “revolutionize” your business online.
15 WordPress Obstacles That Enterprises Report
SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) are among the strategic audiences that DevriX regularly partners up with. There are certain peculiar misconceptions (or legitimate concerns) that enterprise representatives always outline during meetings and calls with regards to their hesitation when considering WordPress.
Why Estimates Are Challenging
In the WordPress context, even when following the WordPress standards and conventions, assigning the same project to 10 different freelancers or contractors will yield different end results. Over the years we’ve consulted over a hundred clients requiring technical consulting for their services – through architecture definition, interviewing employees or contractors for their projects, or assessing code quality produced by some. which is where the difference in experience is quite notable.