Whether you’re shuffling a couple thousand visitors a day through an eCommerce shopping experience or attracting thousands of visitors to your content per day, your digital experience must be available and load fast to engage and wow your audiences. Our cloud-based solutions give your sites high availability, speed, scalability, and security, so you can press ahead with confidence.
WordPress hosted on Azure App Service is a fully managed Azure PaaS offering with built-in infrastructure maintenance, security patching and scaling. It also supports virtual networks, and the ability to run in an isolated and dedicated App Service Environment. WordPress updates and patches, threat detection and blocking, and traffic encryption with free SSL certificates are part of what we offer to all of our customers.
There are several forms of WordPress running on Azure, however we recommend WordPress on Azure AppService from the Azure Marketplace as your start point. Because these Marketplace offerings are optimized for Linux App Service, they are designed to be easy-to-install and come with up-to-date software packages, fine-tuned SKU sizes for both App Service & Azure MySQL DB and also with support from App Service team.
Below are the out of the box configurations enabled with Marketplace WordPress on App Service image that led to give improved Request per second & response times.
Co-locate WordPress site and database
When you create a WordPress site using our Marketplace templates, we automatically select the database in the same region as your Web App.
By default, the WordPress on AppServcie is configured to use Redis server cache using the W3 Total Cache plugin enabled with Page Cache, Object Cache & Database Cache. You can use other plugins of similar category or upgrade the current W3TotalCache to enterprise version.
The Azure WordPress site is powered with fully managed CDN (Microsoft CDN) to handle the static file content is capable of moving thousands of hits per day through our system. You can scale out the platform to manage the traffic spikes.
Believe it or not, Permalink format can impact WordPress page load time. By default, the offering is configured with Day & Name type. We recommend not changing this.
When you upload images to your site, it will automatically optimize and compress them for you using Smush It plugin.
Out of the box PHP configurations:
WordPress runs on PHP Server and the way PHP server configured plays a vital role in site performance. So there have been multiple parameters set to optimal level catering to WordPress needs.
Below is the guideline on the hosting plans one can choose to setup WordPress on Linux AppService based on your production workloads. You may achieve the site response times in < a second for end user persona.