High Wait Time on 4GB Droplet

Hi everyone,

we are experiencing a very high waiting time on our website on a droplet with 4GB memory and 2CPUs. Our website is running on Wordpress and have tried different caching plugins but still facing an average of 2s for first byte. We’ve tried also doing a test on to check load capabilities and average server response time.

What we had was a real disaster:

We checked 100 connections in 1 minute and saw the test fail after 20 seconds due to reached threshold errors, all the more the average response time was of 7985 ms!

We then checked with 15 connections in 1 minute and managed to run through the whole minute with an average time of 1314 ms, which is still not good at all.

Morever when occurring a request the page is not rendered at all*

*from FAQs: “Our load generators only know about the URLs you give us when you create a test. We don’t parse the HTML and we don’t download javascript, CSS, or images linked to within pages.”

Thanks in advance for the help!

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We have the same issues. Wordpress site cant even have more than 5 concurrent connections. Pages barely loading, not to mention Content Manager cant work in admin panel, every publish or draft check takes 5 minutes. Pure frustration Tried to contact support and explain, been told everything is good on their side and I have to use cache plugins etc. But that doesn’t help. What’s funny is we had the same sites, without cache plugins for a year on a shared hosting, and we had less problems, site never was down or unresponsive, it was slow(that’s why we decided to move to VPS), but it definitely wasn’t that bad. We’re paying triple times more now, but don’t get even half of what had. :(

I love DigitalOcean (D.O.) and I understand it is self-managable hosting, but it would be soo wonderful to have more in-depth and comprehensive tutorials on server configuration and optimisation for wordpress sites. The ones D.O. has are amazing, but they are either general or cover only installation of wordpress, and regular optimisation through cache plugins.

I feel like my server is not running on a SSD at all and something wrong with Apache and MySql handling of memory. We have 1gb Ram server and 2gb swap. It should be more than enough for our sites. we have only around 200 visits per day

That is not good at all. I would recommend opening a support ticket so they can check the health of the hypervisor and your droplet to be sure there are not other issues causing this.