Need advice on managing and planning my website through droplet(s) and load balancers
TLDR: I’m not too sure what to do with my microweber droplet. I’ve spent almost a month here and there working on my site and as I’m nearing finishing up, I’m realizing it may not be equipped for what I need it to function as. Because I have it presenting portfolios, project information, and research/documentation for my startup, I would be displaying the link on various profiles and I’m worried it will get too much traffic. At the same time, I wonder if a WordPress droplet would better suit my needs. I started looking into using additional droplets and a load balancer to better handle traffic but I feel I need to address other issues first.
I’m a little out of my element here but I recently set up a website to host my works, project documentation, and research/guides and settled on the 6$/mo premium intel droplet. Everything was working fine until I realized that I hadn’t even considered compressing any images. I’m an architecture major and I do various works of art on the side while also working on a startup. So when I went to the portfolio page of my site, the image sliders and rollover images were all messed up and out of order for about 10 seconds before displaying correctly. Occasionally, the site would even stop loading if I was working between two tabs that contained renders or if a friend was visited the site.
I’m not sure if it helped but I’ve added a space to the droplet, I also discovered a set of images that were possibly corrupted as they made the page freeze up when I moused over them. Regardless, the pages load slightly better now but for a second or two, modules and images still show up in what I can only describe as a list form, fixed to the left. I don’t know if this is because of the 1GB RAM droplet, or the fact that I used microweber to create the droplet.
With microweber, I’ve often struggled to get certain modules to display controls before realizing they, along with my background, were white and have now spend an embarrassing amount of time nitpicking details in order to have a site I was happy with. But as I started looking into the WordPress apps, I started to consider that perhaps a WordPress droplet might have been better. I originally had heard WordPress was often used for blogs hence why I didn’t look into it as half of my focus was to have galleries. I know little to nothing about open source stuff/code and whatnot so I wanted an easy-to-use app. However, I still wanted most if not full control over visual edits, and microweber slightly helped with that. However, this need mainly derived from limitations in microweber and various modules not working.
Looking at the four WordPress apps (WordPress, OpenLiteSpeed WordPress, Web-WordPress, WordPress Kubernetes), I don’t know what exactly they entail, if they suit me, or how they work. With the DO microweber app, the dashboard was a bit different from their website and I couldn’t get certain modules to update/download. I saw on the WordPress website that you would need the 25$ business plan to use plugins and I wonder if that’s still applicable when using a DO WordPress app. Ideally, plugins would help a lot for modules/displays that I would need, otherwise, I typically find myself working harder and not smarter. Even with rollover images, I just wanted text to appear on hover but couldn’t figure it out so I photoshopped the second image. I’ve jankly assembled the site and when going to a page, for a second or two, my “jankyness” shows.
My main concern, I had planned to provide my site to present progress on a project of mine in a week or two, but I don’t want to continue “finessing” the aesthetic or façade if I’m better off using a DO WordPress droplet. That being said, is there any transferring/inheriting of content from my microweber droplet to a WordPress droplet? In addition, DO WordPress plugins, image compression, embed feeds/pages? For lack of a better phrase, what’s my best plan of attack?