Over 10 Years of Experience with WordPress

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I have over 10 years of experience in WordPress Multisite operation. This is a long time...
 
I made two WPMU based websites with a few thousand active users:
 
  • Ingyenblog.hu - That was my first WordPress project

    • Started in 2009 (I was only 16 years old!)
    • Free for everyone
    • Ad-supported
    • 13 500 active blogs in 2017
    • One of the most popular blogger site in Hungary
    • I sold it in 2018 (and the new owner didn't operate it well, so it doesn't work since a few months ago - It's not my business anymore :) )
    • Fun fact: The database size was more than 15GB when I sold it 
    • Fun fact 2: The web hosting provider couldn't make a backup, so I had to operate it without any restore point. That is so risky!
  • Blogginger.com - That was my first international WPMU project

    • Started in 2014
    • 14 days trial
    • Low monthly price rate
    • Ad-free
    • Automated SSL order by shell script when someone signed up
    • Domain mapping was enabled for paid users
    • Smart backup and self-diagnostic solutions on server-side by shell scripts
    • But that was no so popular because I didn't promote it enough
    • Few thousand signups, but only a few active (paid) users
    • Shut down in Marc of 2021

After these WPMU sites my next project is this blog, so I can share my best practices here :) Yes, I know this website based on Publii, but my notes are still existing :)

 

My opinion about WordPress is mixed...

  • Advantages:

    • Open source
    • Quickly fixing bugs and security issues
    • Huge community
    • Lot of plugins to extend features
    • Easy to use
    • Translated to all languages
  • Disadvantages:

    • Slow, because the codebase is big
    • You need lots of plugins for additional features
    • Using a lot of plugins is a security issue
    • Using a lot of plugins cause slow website speed
    • Website can down sometimes without any reason
    • Required SQL database (due to security and performance issue)
    • Required a lot of resource

 

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