Currently I am hosting my site on 8GB memory plan with Wordpress in ServerPilot,whenever my site hit 500+ visitors my CPU goes beyond 80% .

i)Is it normal for CPU to reach 80%+ whenever the visitors reaches 500+ in 8GB memory?

ii)I am searching for an answer to counteract this problem and I have read that NGinx is better than Apache for performance plus squeezing out more number of visitors,so I am planning to switch to Nginx but I have no idea how to get started .So far all the tutorials I have read speaks of installing Nginx in a newly created droplet not for switching from APache to Nginx.I have also contacted the serverpilot support team and they said “they cannot provide any assistance for an Nginx-only stack” ,well I am lost!

Will anybody kindly help me!! any good tutorial link on “how to switch from APache to Nginx” in a live site will be appreciated.

Thank you.

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I stopped using Apache w/ WordPress some years ago and have had no issues.

Keep in mind that there are some trade-offs that you will need to keep an eye out for. For example NGINX does not read your .htaccess file(s) so any plugins relying on this will not work entirely. I am not to sure if there is a way to change this functionality as I have not considered looking at this time.

You could consider an architecture change and run NGINX in front of Apache and leverage caching or look at using Varnish.

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-configure-nginx-as-a-web-server-and-reverse-proxy-for-apache-on-one-ubuntu-14-04-droplet

by Jesin A
This tutorial will show you how to configure Nginx as both a web server and as a reverse proxy for Apache – all on one Droplet. Depending on the web application, code changes might be required to keep Apache reverse-proxy-aware, especially when SSL sites are configured. To ensure this, we will install an Apache module named **mod_rpaf** which rewrites certain environment variables so it appears that Apache is directly handling requests from web clients.
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