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Will XenForo run well on a 512VPS?

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by Gregory Lynn, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Gregory Lynn

    Gregory Lynn Active Member

    I recently downsized from a 1GB Wiredtree VPS to a shared hosting account with HostGator. Because my wife is complaining about me spending all that money on a VPS and my website is slow right now.

    But the shared hosting is not working out so well, I can get a 512MB VPS from Linode for $19.99 per month. And I know Linux like the back of my hand. Will a 512MB VPS be enough for Xenforo, if not whats the minimum amount of ram that I should go with?

  2. Rigel Kentaurus

    Rigel Kentaurus Well-Known Member

    XenForo will most likely start up, and work. PHP does not need that much RAM and might happily work even with a 64Mb limit per process. Question is, how much traffic are you expecting? I would not foresee more than 10-20 concurrent happy users with that setup and that counts guests. Other than that you would start perceiving the site as slow.

    This is just some numbers from experience, of course, it could be different depending on the users being actively browsing the site or more like idle lurkers that click once every 5 minutes.
  3. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    As long as you run nginx+php-fpm and can tweak mysql decently, 512MB is more than enough for a pretty large forum :) (limited only by how much CPU and IO the VPS provider will let you have; theoretically 200+ concurrent)
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  4. Gregory Lynn

    Gregory Lynn Active Member

    How many users will 768MB of ram get me? Because my website usually has 8~12 guests on it at all times?
  5. a legacy reborn

    a legacy reborn Well-Known Member

    Is that 8-12 with your session timeout, or is it per second? I think your 512MB Will handle that easily if you know linux you can configure it to work just like
    Darkimmortal said.
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  6. bogus

    bogus Guest

    I am running ours on a 512 Webspace with ~ 80 User/Day. Runs fine
  7. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    On a healthy server that is properly configured 512 is plenty especially if your only running one site on it.

    I have never tried linode but I have tried pretty much every package at this point with hostgator.

    These are some I have grabbed for other people I host for on one of my 'other people accounts'..
    The Level 4 vps package is the smallest on this account and it hosts 16 domains one being a video sharing site like a youtubish clone site just to give you some perspective on what we are talking about here.

    A level 2 vps from hostgator would work for you or equivalent from a solid host.
  8. Lost

    Lost Well-Known Member

    I've got a Linode 512 and I love it! I'm running a forum (IPB) and CMS (Wordpress) on it and it runs really well.

    My forum is nothing spectacular but busy enough (165k+ posts, 4k members) and I have no issues whatsoever. I'm running Lighttpd.
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  9. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    a linode 512 running xf will easily handle 50+ simultaneous users without breaking a sweat.
    start with the 512. if you need more, linode makes it easy to move up to 768 later if you need to (you wont need to for a long time)
  10. Gregory Lynn

    Gregory Lynn Active Member

    Thanks for all your help, I have decided to go back to Wiredtree.
  11. el canadiano

    el canadiano Active Member

    What I don't get is how is your site, of all things slow? What's eating up so much CPU space when things are fine with me and such?
  12. Gregory Lynn

    Gregory Lynn Active Member

    I have no idea , it must be a lot of people on the website at one. I am starting to get a lot of traffic now and people are looking at lots of pages. :cool:

    P.S. I now have a 1GB VPS from Wiredtree + Litespeed = 4 second loading time. I will never go back to shared hosting!
  13. ragtek

    ragtek Guest

    How many add--ons do you use?
    Too many add-ons can also be resource hungry (specially the bad coded)
  14. Gregory Lynn

    Gregory Lynn Active Member

    I have 20 add-ons and 2 of them are disabled right now. I just disabled the the minimum word count mod today.

    P.S. I would not doubt all of those add-ons are causing problems with shared hosting. But they work fine on the VPS, the VPS is not even breaking a sweat.
  15. el canadiano

    el canadiano Active Member

    Still, even a shared server should be more than enough to handle 50+ guests/members at a time.
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  16. a legacy reborn

    a legacy reborn Well-Known Member

    Does depend on who you are using, they might oversell which would lead me to believe that you would never get 50 online at any one time without the server crashing, on the other hand you could have a great host who's server would easily be able to handle 50 on at a time :).
  17. Gregory Lynn

    Gregory Lynn Active Member

    Well I don't know what to tell you , they CPU throttled the forum 3 out of 4 days that I was hosting with them. My forum is young I can not afford to have it CPU throttled daily.

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