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Why I can't create droplet for wordpress on 5$/month plan

Hi, I’d like to create a droplet (wordpress on ubuntu) but I can not select it, if I choose the cheapest plan. I have already a wordpress droplet working on this plan. So what is the reason. I dont understand. Please solve this problem

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I’ve found a way around this limitation. The first thing you need to understand is that this is a limitation imposed because the install script needs more than 512mb of RAM to install correctly. Therefore, they require a $10 server as it has 1GB of ram.

An easy workaround is to setup and install an ubuntu $5 server (don’t worry about which version, you’ll be destroying it shortly). Then go into the droplet and do a FLEXIBLE resize to a $10 server (this will upgrade the CPU/RAM but not the HDD size). DO NOT CLICK ON PERMANENT RESIZE!

Once that is completed, go to the “destroy” menu under that droplet and rebuild it using the “Ubuntu Wordpress on 14.04” image. Since the droplet has 1GB of ram, it will allow the installation to progress.

Once that is completed, power off the droplet and do another flexible resize back to a $5 server.

Wordpress should run ok on a $5 server for most applications, so once the installation has been done on a $10 server you should be able to maintain your site on a cheaper server.

@UKn0Me is correct. WordPress and it’s LAMP stack had a tendency to crash on 512MB droplets as the MySQL process would exhaust the RAM. While we have disabled the WordPress one-click image for 512MB droplets you can still create a 512MB WordPress droplet it you wish. If you paste this script into the user-data field on the create page, a WordPress site will be created for you. This repository on github also includes many other user-data scripts you can use to launch various configurations.

If you do choose to launch WordPress on a 512MB droplet it would be a good idea to also create a swap file to prevent crashing of the MySQL process.

Because of the low RAM of the $5/mo plan, the setup crashed when all RAM was exhausted so DO decided to disable Wordpress 1-click installations on it.