Droplet info: 1 GB Memory / 30 GB Disk / NYC3 - Ubuntu 16.04.1 x64
I run a WordPress website and I am getting a spic k in traffic which has caused the CPU to be over 100%. I am getting the 524 and 504 Timeout error for the front and backend.
I can’t get ahold of the person I used to use for server related stuff and I have no idea what I need to do to fix the problem.
I would appreciate any help. Thank you so much in advance.
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Thank you everyone for your helpful answers.
After readiung your helpful replies, I deciced to resize my dropelt following this https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/droplets/how-to/resize/. And so far it seems all is ok. The site is loading fine now.
I will also upgrade Ubuntu once I figure how to do it safely.
Thank you again for all your help.
I’ll recommend you examine the CPU usage on the droplet when the site is busy and check if the load is generated from a certain plugin or extension which is not vital to the website’s functionality.
You can try disabling plugins which appear to cause CPU usage and check if this makes any difference.
If you’re not familiar with monitoring server resources this article will be really useful.
Hope that this helps!
So from your information, there are a couple of things that can be done.
I’ll break the answer into the comments as well as it might make it really long to read and overwhelming.
The answer will be set in the current 3 points:
Resolve current Droplet issues
At the moment your Issues are coming from the fact that you are generating too much traffic for the resources you have.
There are two ways to resolve such situations about
Now, sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you’ll optimize your website, you still need more recourses. Having said that before you go toward that solution, you first need to try the optimization process
Ubuntu Outdated version
First and most important would be to upgrade your Ubuntu server. As you are using Ubuntu 16.04, which is heavily outdated you are using outdated OS, packages, and other tools which can cause worse performance for your application/website, not to mention vulnerability issues.
Upgrade Ubuntu or go for a new Droplet
There are two ways to go about this, either upgrade your Droplet from 16.04 to 22.04 OR create a new 22.04 Droplet and migrate your WordPress over to it.
Since the changes between 16.04 and 22.04 are far too big and there most probably would be issues along the way I usually recommend people to recreate their setup on a new Droplet and migrate the configuration over however upgrading the Droplet is also a possibility.
To upgrade Ubuntu you’ll basically need to run 3 commands.
If you want to be a bit more though you can do something like:
but usually, the first 3 commands would do the trick.
Now, before you begin, I’ll recommend to create a Snapshot of your Droplet just to be sure you have everything backed in case of an emergency.
You can see the docs here:
Snapshots are on-demand disk images of DigitalOcean Droplets and volumes saved to your account. Use them to create new Droplets and volumes with the same contents.
Migrate to a new Droplet
The other option would be to migrate your application on a newly created Droplet which has Ubuntu 22.04.
The first step is to create and configure your Droplet to be ready for your website. This process can be difficult for people with no experience. As such I’ll recommend using the DigitalOcean market place :
There is a WordPress image. This will create a Droplet ready for use exactly for a WordPress website. Follow the steps there and you’ll be good to go.
Now that you have a second upgraded Droplet, it’s time to migrate the data, you can use plugins like:
It should move your data all in one go. The final step will be to test everything with a host file and make sure it is working fine and then switch the DNS settings and push your site live from DigitalOcean.
This is the first part
As a comment, I’ll post point number 2 and 3