In Digital Ocean droplet WordPress sites are suddenly stopped working. Anyone can help me on this?


In my droplet WordPress sites are suddenly stopped working. But the HTML sites are working fine.

I couldn’t log in to the FTP also. It’s saying “Error”

Error: Network error: Connection refused Error: Could not connect to the server

I am not able to run the putty also. I can only access the console.

Not even I am not able to take the backup of my websites.

Can anyone please help me with this?


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October 4, 2019
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Hi @SuperforceValli,

Firstly, can you please ping your droplet to make sure it’s live? To do so open your terminal/cmd and type

ping $dropletIP

I know you mentioned you are able to access it via console but still, let’s see if it’s accessible from the world not just locally by DO.

Next step

Now, when you know the server is actually working okay, check your domain. Do a ping again but on your domain now


Does it ping to your droplet’s IP address? If no, let me know, if yes - great!

Next step

Now you would need to enter your server via the console. Once you are in, check if apache is actually running. You can do so by typing the following command :

netstat -tulpen | grep 80

This will show you which service, if any is running on port 80. If there is nothing running there, it would mean you need to start apache. To do so, you can run the following command

service httpd start

or if this doesn’t work then

service apache2 start

If when starting apache, you experience some errors, please post them here in order to help you out. If it starts, then great.

Last Step

It’s possible your network is down. Console to your server and type

service network restart

If it starts without a problem, try again to ping the droplet and check your website. If it doesn’t paste the errors here.

Kind regards, Kalin

Hi @KFerdinandov,

I have resized “CPU and RAM only”.

I am getting following output while running this command:

du -sh /

“No such file or directory”

sudo du -a / 2>/dev/null | sort -n -r | head -n 20

It doesn’t give any output.

Sorry, I have spent many days on this issue. Finally, I have deleted around 80GB Snapshot because of the disk space issue. But no use. I have an old copy of my websites. I will activate them with the new droplet.

I need one more help. Can you please guide me to go through the full Digital Ocean course or any guidance. I have to learn DO fully. I like to work on it. But I am stuck like this type of issues.

Thank you so much for your help :-)


I have just tested the Disk usage using this command “$ df -h”

It’s 100% used. I am not sure where it has been used much space.

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