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  • supernova2017



    I’m completely new to this. I’ve built a buddypress site for a theatre show that will have 30 users interacting through messaging on the site during the performance.
    I’m using a Level 1 linux hosting plan through GoDaddy.
    A few days ago, I tested using the site with 8 people logging in at the same time and there was a system overload. My current plan allows 512mb of RAM which I gather is too little. I can increase RAM to 2gb. But I see everyone advising the use of a VPN. I cant afford a VPN and wanted to know if I can get the job done upgrading to 2gb on shared hosting.

    There will never be more than 35 users because it’s a closed site only being used for a performance, but they will all be online at one go. It is only used for the private messaging function because characters on stage send private messages to audience members during the show.

    If VPN is a must, I dont mind asking the producer for more money but I dont need the VPN for an entire year, as the show will only happen in spurts. Ideally I would like monthly flexibility as a 12 month plan is absolutely out of budget. I understand I should have fully investigated before heading down this route, but now that I’m in it and have to make it work – does anyone have any advice?

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  • shanebp


    Try it with 2 gigs of ram – that’s the only way to find out.
    You shouldn’t need a VPN – but there may be other factors re your setup.



    Thank you for the reply.

    I tested it again today and other than being slow, there was no crash. So I do believe it is a problem of RAM. I did face trouble with Samsung Galaxy phones being unable to log in for a while. So I’ll look into that.

    I’m upgrading to 2gb RAM and testing again.


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