WordPress one click app and High CPU or High CPU and Block Storage

I am working with a client and migrating them from a WP Engine environment to DO. They are looking at the High CPU droplets and WordPress one click apps. My questions are…

  1. is there an advantage to the High CPU in a WP/Woo setup
  2. If I am not able to build a droplet with the High CPU and WP One Click App I could build it from the ground up and attache block storage but how would that work and is there anything I should look out for.
  3. what is the advantage of the high CPU vs a standard box with 8 cpu’s and 8 gigs of ram



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Sorry for the silence on this, been busy.

I would love to see some of your configuration files etc. I have made the jump and I have added varnish in the mix.

I am currently getting a really weird upload issue in WP where files < 2M can upload but anything larger is throwing errors.

I have a new issue open so not trying to tag this one here, just thinking that it is a config file or something. Would like to see what you have for a starting point and really tune the server.



I know this is old but I would like to ask if you think that switching from Apache to nginx would see that much of a performance gain.

I know you have some articles here but just wondering if you have experience with it and could give me some insight.



Thank you for that information! That is what I was thinking but wanted to make sure that I was not missing anything so that we could provide the client with the best possible solution.

I actually took their current site from WP Engine and setup a @gig standard droplet and configured it to reduce the load times from “Go get a cup of coffee and read a book” to “wow that’s fast”. Honestly didn’t take that much!

WP Engine is a great shared hosting platform for WP, still think that you can get more out of doing it yourself, if you know what you are doing.


Overall, the High CPU Droplets are designed to provide more compute power over the processors in use by our standard Droplet line.

On the High CPU, currently we’re using the Intel Xeon E5-2697A v4 (2.60GHz) whereas we’re using a mix on the standard Droplet line – the 8GB I just tested uses E5-2650 v4 (2.20GHz).

For those who aren’t doing CPU-intensive processing, the difference will most likely be negligible. In most cases, RAM and static caching is going to be more important than a difference of .4Mhz to 1GHz in CPU. That’s based on experience working with some pretty high traffic WordPress sites (ranging in from 200-500k to 1-2m visitors a month up to 20m).

Throwing WooCommerce in to the mix makes RAM and static caching all the more important.

It also comes down to traffic levels and overall configuration and optimization of your stack. The key difference here is that WPEngine manages setup, configuration, and software optimization on their end so you don’t have to (beyond WordPress – as in Apache/NGINX, MySQL, etc). When you venture in to a self/un-managed environment, you then become responsible for those management tasks.

In such a case, on an un-optimized stack, you may find performance is actually worse than what you are moving from as default configurations are not well tuned for production. It takes tweaking and tuning to get a balance :-).