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…… ahem… Pardon me, I was just utterly shocked at how much memory our site is actually consuming.
Our site was able to survive on a 256MB shared hosting server, albeit just barely, so we thought moving to a 1GB Virtual Private Server was more than enough, but lo and behold, our website alone is already consuming 1.3~1.7GB of the memory! And that’s not all, with the OS caching, monitoring, and Web admin control panel, it consumed up to 3GB of memory at most.
And that’s not the worst of it yet, all this memory usages are only during normal operating hours of the website, I couldn’t even begin to fathom how much server memory it would consume during peak hours or when there were mass releases.
All in all, we truly underestimated how much server memory was required to run a site. These numbers truly exceeded our expectations, we will be needing a much bigger server than we initially thought. If anyone have a cheap server to recommend, please do let us know. Managed VPS is extremely expensive, so we are looking into unmanaged ones for now.
We will continue to host the website on Amaranthine’s borrowed server for a while to gather some concrete data before we decide on how much server space do we ultimately need.
Thank you all for your patience, and most of all, a big thank you to Amaranthine for all that he’s done for us.