Step 1: Check Your Server Capacity
The first step in any performance check is ensuring your server can handle the expected increase in traffic. If you don’t have enough server capacity, your website will likely crash or become slow and unresponsive during peak times.
Contact your web hosting provider to check your server capacity and ask about their holiday season plans. Find out if they’re making any upgrades or changes that might affect your website’s performance. Next, take a look at your own traffic patterns from previous holidays and estimate how much of an increase you’ll see this year. Based on that information, you should have a good idea of whether or not your current server can handle the additional traffic.
If you’re unsure or think there’s a chance your server might struggle during peak times, consider upgrading to a more powerful plan or switching to a dedicated server. Both options will give you the extra power and resources you need to keep your website up and running during the holiday season.
Step 2: Optimize Your Database
Your database is where all your website’s data is stored, so it’s important to ensure it’s optimized for speed and efficiency. The last thing you want is for your database to become bogged down with holiday cheer (aka data) and start slowing down your website.
There are a few simple things you can do to optimize your database for better performance:
- Set up automatic backups so you don’t have to worry about losing data if something goes wrong
- Remove any unnecessary data that are taking up space but isn’t being used
- Archive older data that you don’t need quick access to but still want to keep around
- Compact data files regularly so they don’t get too large and unwieldy
Step 3: Evaluate Your Content Strategy
Your content strategy should be designed to meet the needs of both your target audience and search engines like Google. With that in mind, take some time before the holidays to review your current content strategy and make sure it’s still on track. Here are a few things to look for:
- Outdated content that needs to be refreshed or rewritten
- Pages with high bounce rates that could be improved
- Keywords that aren’t being used effectively
- Missing alt text on images
If you find any areas that could use improvement, now is the time to make those changes. By getting your content strategy in order before the holiday rush begins, you’ll be able to avoid last-minute scrambling and ensure that your site is ready for anything.