Hi Digital Ocean,
We were was just going through the one-click installations, and it seems the minimum instances have been changed for WordPress but not for LAMP:
New minimum instances:
Aren’t these identical stacks? Why was WordPress changed? All our WordPress instances are 5$ machines and seem to run fine…
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This is not especially relevant any longer since we no longer offer the 512MB droplet size (the 1GB droplet is now $5/month).
The minimum of 1GB of RAM was added to the WordPress image because crashes of MySQL due to running out of memory were not uncommon especially during or after installation of 3rd party plugins.
Since the WordPress image is often selected by less technically knowledgeable users than the LAMP image due to it’s nature as a turn key platform we chose to place this restriction on the WordPress image but not on the LAMP image. Users who are comfortable with configuring and administering their servers can easily install WordPress on the LAMP or stock Ubuntu images or automate the installation using a cloud-init user-data script.