Why needs Wordpress now 30GB?

Hello there,

today I wanted to create a new droplet for Wordpress and I noticed that I now need a droplet with a least 30GB of space.

I use these droplets for development and therefore the smallest tier was always enough for me and I must say that I don’t really see the necessity for 30GB ssd space.

Is this on purpose and will it eventually change? It is a bit cumbersone to create a linux droplet and then have to install Wordpress manually what works just fine on a 20GB droplet.

Regards, Georg


Thanks for asking this question… I was wondering this too; especially after looking up that a vanilla WordPress install only took about 20 MB! :)

+1 to change the message from requiring more disk space to needing more RAM; I would have easily accepted that without any confusion! lol

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This was changed a couple months ago. WordPress droplets require 1GB of RAM to run properly. On the 512MB droplets the MySQL process had a tendency to run out of memory and crash.

You can still deploy a 512MB WordPress droplet using the user-data script we provide here. You can use this on the create page by first selecting a 512MB Ubuntu 14.04 droplet and then pasting the script into the user-data field.

If you do plan on running WordPress on a 512MB droplet I strongly recommend that you also set up a swap file. This guide will assist you in getting this in place.