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What does enterprise mean? In the context of the WordPress presentation: sites on a large scale. Sites with a lot of traffic, content, and that require high availability.
WordPress evolution from an enterprise perspective:
- 2.3 – Introduction of custom taxonomies
- 2.9 – Introduction of custom post types; WordPress matures to a real CMS
- 3.1 – Network admin and expanded queries
- 3.2 – Modernization and performance improvements
Conde Nast started migrating a lot of sites from Movable Type to WordPress in 2008-2009, and the total number has only been growing.
Guidelines for using WordPress in enterprise
Hosting infrastructure do’s:
- Carefully examine your site’s requirements and evaluate service offerings before deciding on a host
- Give yourself at least 2 weeks for new WordPress VIP setups
- This lead time requirement can sometimes be a deterrent for clients that want to get a project live on a quick turnaround
- Give yourself additional time for VIP code and plugin reviews. Plugins that aren’t already in their set of accepted set can take a while
- Leverage AMI’s for sites on Amazon Web Services
- Use multiple regions for failover on Amazon Web Services
- Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Hosting don’t: Host multiple high-trafficked sites on the same hardware
- Transfer your SEO juice using 301 redirects
- Minimize the need for a double-publishing scenario
Migration don’t: Forget your image assets.
Neat trick: If you don’t know whether all of your image assets were copied over, write a script to tail Apache/Nginx request log, watch for 404s, and pull the image over from the old environment if the request 404’s.
- Use a source control system for your code (e.g. SVN or Git)
- Install WordPress with it hidden from search engines with a robots.txt file
- Leverage WordPress APIs, including WP_Query, transients and wp_enqueue_style/script
- Modify WordPress core
- Write your own SQL queries unless absolutely necessary
- Forget about your admin users — use contextual help and train them
- Lower DNS TTL settings before launch (if updating DNS address)
- Apply appropriate CDN exceptions for wp-admin pages
- Remove your robots.txt file to make the site visible to search engines
- Verify server permissions on files and directories
- Set up an automated deployment process
Launch don’t: Keep .htaccess writable