A persistent myth about MAS Videos is that WordPress and MAS Videos do not scale. It would work for small site, but not for large enterprises.
Here are questions we get most often and the answers.
Scalability is the ability to grow without it negatively affecting the site’s performance.
There are four major factors that influence the scaling.
- Traffic. The biggest influencer on your site’s performance is how much traffic you get and how well it is distributed. For example, if you are running a big sale on one video, all traffic may be concentrated on that specific video page, while other sites may have high-traffic volume distributed more evenly.
- MAS Videos code. Our team is constantly working to bring MAS Videos to new levels. Scalability and performance are high on our agenda, and we spend a lot of time optimizing code toward this goal.
- Other system code. MAS Videos will never be the only software running on your site. You likely have a theme and a few other plugins. All code can have influence on the store’s performance, and figuring out what parts are optimized will help scale.
- Server hardware. Some hosting companies or hosting packages are designed to handle large amounts of traffic. Finding a good host and the right package are key to scaling a store.
Scalability of your store is influenced by a mix of the above. As your store grows, you ideally also invest in a team to support it so it is unaffected in performance and speed.
A developer balancing these four aspects and optimizing is a necessary asset at some point.
Sky is the limit. It based on good hosting and own developer team focused on optimization.
There are a few ways:
- Google Chrome Dev Tools include a timeline tool that shows how long your store takes to load and which elements are taking the most time.
- Google PageSpeed Tools allows you to test the speed of each page and gives suggestions on how to improve your store.
For detailed information, premium services like New Relic give a myriad of information.
It is important to have up-to-date code running your store, as the most recent version of software has the most optimized performance.
WordPress has one-click update options for its core, plugins and themes. However, when you start with enterprise stores, we advise using a staging server and/or version control software.
Having a good backup system, such as any of Jetpack’s Premium plans, can help with that.
While we don’t have a CDN, we do recommend using the Jetpack extension, and its high-speed CDN — included even in the free plan. This feature offloads images to a really snappy server and has been seen to significantly improve load times.