Resize Droplet or Create a New Server (WordPress Site)

Posted May 13, 2021 298 views
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I’m new to managing my own server, so please bear with me.

My set up currently: A WordPress site on Ubuntu 16.04.1 x64. My current plan is the basic $10/mo, Shared CPU 1 vCPU 1GB / 30GB Disk. I am using ServerPilot to manage the server.

Since I initially set up the server, my site has grown both in size and traffic. And while the site still loads fast, there are times when it’s very slow. And I think it’s time to upgrade.

My question is which one of these two options is better and easier to go with for a beginner with less risk of data corruption, less downtime or other issues.

*Resizing the current server by upgrading the current plan?


*Just create a new server (with a better plan) and migrate the site to the new server?

You can see the latest graph stats here

(it’s for the last 14 days. There was a spike a few days ago which was related to a plugin update that has been solved. So that spike is not the norm.)
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Now, for either resizing or a new server, I am thinking of going with this plan:

General Purpose Dedicated CPU
4 vCPUs
16 GB Memory
5 TB Transfer

I would appreciate any help. Thank you very much in advance. Much appreciated.

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Hi @saeeddarabi,

Usually, upgrading your Droplet to a better plan is always the better option in my eyes, you just make a quick backup and then Upgrade the droplet.

Having said that, you mentioned you are using Ubuntu 16.04. This version of Ubuntu is EOL and I strongly recommend switching to an Ubuntu 20.04 for security reasons. With that in mind, upgrading OS on a live droplet where there is an actual website on it, is kind of risky due to the possibility of errors during the Upgrade.

With that being said, I’ll recommend creating a new Droplet that’s on Ubuntu 20.04 configuring it to have what you need for your WordPress website and the migrating the website.