What plan should I sign up for close to 3mil visitors monthly?

Posted March 15, 2016 4.9k views

Hi, me and 3 friends have a wordpress website which we planned to switch over to DO, due to my current host provider over charging us for traffic and storage. I am just wondering if someone could break it down for me whether the high volume at $160 / mo, is able to sustain my site. We are trying to keep hosting cost as low as possible, trying not to exceed $300 because, we also have multiple game servers we need to host.

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My website is mainly text and images, around 12-25 PNG images per post. We also let users download our gaming modded content; each files varies from 30mb to 400mb, mostly free. During peak traffic, we can have up to 500-1,000 concurrent users serving our website and this will grow to 1,500 in another 6months time.

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Hey there,

This is a very hard question to answer as it has a lot to do with the type of content you’re serving, how optimized that content is (in the case of images and other media), and how optimized your web server software is. You might find the following article interesting where the author sets up a Wordpress blog to handle 40 million hits per day on a $10.00 per month budget:

Mike C
Platform Support Specialist
DigitalOcean Support


The right question that should be asked is how can I configure a plan (even the smallest one) to handle 3 million monthly visitors. The post at walks you through step by step on how to install WordPress on DigitalOcean which will scale up to the amount of users you want.