Web app performance

I recently upgraded my droplet from 2 processors and 4gb memory to 4 processors and 8gb memory and now I notice that my application is running slower than before. What could be the cause of this decrease in performance?

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July 5, 2024


It’s not just about updating your Droplet, you’ll need to optimize both the Droplet and the App.

As Bobby has mentioned, it would be a good idea to check the other question as there it has been explained more in depth what you can further do to make your app smoother and faster.

Bobby Iliev
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July 4, 2024

Hi there,

I recently had a similar discussion about a Laravel app here:

In general, scaling up your Droplet should generally result in better performance. However in some cases, right after a restart of your server, all of the cache would have been cleared, which could result in a temporary poor performance while all the cache rebuilds.

Can you share here a bit more insights on the following:

  • How exactly are you measuring the performance?
  • What is your exact resource utilization? Sometimes the bottleneck could be the application itself rather than the size of the server.
  • What is your exact tech stack? In most cases, it could be just a matter of tweaking a specific service, like MySQL for example.
  • Is your new Droplet in the same region as the old one?
  • Is your new Droplet is on a shared CPU plan compared to a dedicated CPU plan of your old droplet?

The more information that you could share the better.

But in general, I would recommend checking your resource utilization and see what processes are utilizing the most resources:

That way you could pin point if the problem is caused by a specific process or service.

Also, if you are using MySQL follow the steps here on how to tweak it for better performance:

- Bobby

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