ELI5: Using a digital ocean droplet, how to monitor traffic and manage accordingly.
I code websites but I know next to nothing about servers. Been using “shared hosting” all my life (whatever that means…thought I was just uploading stuff). Now I have a digital ocean droplet (I barely know what that even means) with a node server.
I have the cheapest option. $5 per month, and I get 512 MB (of what? it doesn’t say), 1 CPU (one computer?), 20 GB SSD disk (cool, what’s that?), and 1000 GB transfer (what is transfer)?
Now, my website may gain more traffic in the future, so I assume with the cheapest option that it won’t be able to handle traffic. I sent the site to a whatsapp group of around 200 people and I noticed the page took longer to load than usual. Which led me to make this post.
Maybe one day something will be posted to Reddit and make the front page. How to be prepared for something like this without wasting money when the site has little to no traffic?
So explain like I am five, what are the basic things I need to know about managing traffic on a digital ocean droplet?
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.×