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In pursuit of high performance WordPress installations

I am in the process of setting up a VM (Virtual Machine) on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Computing Platform which is altogether a truly exciting experience. We host many WordPress websites and are always looking for ways to improve our website performance.

Managed hosting services

There has been a rise in specialised WordPress hosting services with pricing ranging from $3 to $20 on average, see a list of WP Site Care’s favourites here – also check out WP Engine for managed hosting.

Why would one need specialised WordPress hosting?

The simple answer is to improve page load speed. A major component of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and better user experience is website load speed and while WordPress carry’s a lot of plug-n-play functionality this can cause WordPress websites to be a bit slower. I ran a bare-bones installation (with literally just Woothemes’ Canvas theme installed) on Google’s Page Speed Tools and scored a moderate 84 / 100.  A dedicated high performance server will increase this score dramatically.

Installation on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Platform

Why rent a managed service when you can build and run your own? I found this article very clear and informative:

How to setup a rock solid VM on Windows Azure for your WordPress blogs written by .