As a first-time VPS owner coming from shared hosting, how do I know when is the right time to upgrade?

I’m just moving all my websites over to a basic 512MB RAM/1 procsesor droplet for the first time, learning how to make virtual servers and getting all the databases in with proper security and such. I’ve moved over 3 or 4 of about 15. According to Webmin, I’m already utilizing on average about 40% real memory / 3% virtual memory, but typically not much processor utilization. None of these sites do I expect to hit random massive bursts of traffic either.

But for a person who knows basically nothing about being a sysadmin, when do I know I need to upgrade? I don’t want to start crashing before I find out.

Submit an answer

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Want to learn more? Join the DigitalOcean Community!

Join our DigitalOcean community of over a million developers for free! Get help and share knowledge in Q&A, subscribe to topics of interest, and get courses and tools that will help you grow as a developer and scale your project or business.

If you do not anticipate traffic spikes that makes things much easier. In general, if you:

1.) See any performance issues crop up


2.) Begin seeing high resource usage for an extended time (80%+ memory or CPU for an extended period).