Droplet regularly but intermittently returning timeout and 'error establishing database connection' errors

I have a simple Wordpress install on my droplet, and yet my website is so far pretty much unusable thanks to the regular (every few minutes or so) drop outs in service.

I don’t know how to approach this problem, as I don’t understand any of the solutions that come up if I search it. Are there any easy fixes to this? (clearly the site setup is working as I can connect to it. It just returns these errors regularly even when making no changes).

I admit I took on too much by deciding to use DigitalOcean for my site, but I didn’t expect it to be this unreliable, as I’ve set up Wordpress installs many times in the past. If it’s not easy to fix then I guess I’ll have to move elsewhere. Again.

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February 1, 2023

Hi @lewisshark,

It’s possible your resources are not enough and your Droplet kills your Database just to say alive. Having said that, try adding SWAP to your Droplet to see if that would help with your problem -

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