wordpress nginx site very slow -- php error -- cpu high

Few hours ago I got a serious performance problem on my company droplet and i can’t figure out what’s the cause. this is how bad it looks:

Both websites are displaying this message: “The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.”

I tried everything. I tried to deactivated al the plugins for the 2 websites we have ( and, but the CPU was still over 50%. I also updated all the plugins and Wordpress version, but everything still rocketing over 90%

The issue happened few ours after i was trying to install a SSL using this tutorial: Although, I didn’t finish all the process. I have stopped on step five – I didn’t set up the virtual hosts.

I hope you guys can help me through here.

This are the log files i got today from the var/log/nginx:

on the error log what we see is a repetition of this message:

2014/08/15 11:41:51 [error] 18206#0: *5395 connect() to unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock failed (11: Resource temporarily unavailable) while connecting to upstream, client:, server:, request: "POST /xmlrpc.php HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock:", host: ""

I thank you for your time!

(i also have opened a ticket because the situation is quite urgent – i will update both sides with the responses i might get. )

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From my experience - it looks like you`re under attack to /xmlrpc.php (pingback/trackback spam), every access to this file have high CPU consumption . You can easily check this by renaming this file from domain root or limiting access to this file.

regards, VB

trying to check what is going with nginx i did:

  1. i clean archived the old log files on my decktop

  2. sudo nginx -s quit

  3. then: sudo service nginx restart

  4. then i got this new log: