How to Reduce PHP and WordPress CPU Usage
Your server's CPU usage is related to the total amount of traffic your apps receive and how CPU-intensive your apps are.
If you regularly have high CPU load (for example, your CPU usage is frequently above 80 percent for multiple seconds at a time), the best solution may be to use a more powerful server.
However, if upgrading your server is not an option, there are a few ways you can lower CPU usage.
- Use the newest version of PHP you can. PHP 7.0 uses less CPU than PHP 5.6, which uses less CPU than PHP 5.5, which uses less CPU than PHP 5.4.
- Disable any WordPress plugins you don't need. Some WordPress plugins use a huge amount of CPU.
- Do not disable PHP's opcache. The entire purpose of the opcache is to use memory to save CPU and speed up your apps.