Kubernetes vs standard droplet for WordPress e-commerce site?

Posted September 24, 2019 4.4k views

We’re a WordPress E-commerce site with rougly 5-7000 unique monthly visitors running on WooCommerce with WPML.

We’re switching from GCloud to DigitalOcean and I am unsure whether I should setup a normal droplet (which I have experience with) or go for Kubernetes which I am excited about, but have no prior experience with.

I am mostly keen on choosing a standard Droplet since I know how this works, but I am curious to know what the community thinks.

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If your goal is the migration, then go with the droplet approach since you have no experience with K8.
If your goal is to learn and you have time to delay the migration, than start learning k8 and when you feel confortable enough create a test environment of your setup in k8.
Heads up K8 is awesome, but there is a lot of information to process before you become proeficient, that being said might not be the best solution to use it in production while learning.

I agree with the previous statement, and I would add: Running WordPress in Kubernetes is not trivial (in my opinion), especially if your goal is to leverage all the great automatic failure handling that Kubernetes provides. WordPress is easy to use and runs extremely well on a single server, but distributing it can be challenging.