I just started a VPS after being on a shared plan for years. I moved to the VPS because DH said my WordPress site was exceeding the allowed server load (which I believe is 90M for shared hosting).
So as with every new VPS user the default is set to 2300M the first week for free and the minimum amount you must purchase is 150M (with bursts to 300M). So I though 'great!' As DH recommends I test this first week, determine how much server capacity I would need and to adjust accordingly.
I was able to install HyperCache for caching and got the memory usage to hover below 150M which is great.
Now the problem, without adding any new plugins or server taxing features my memory usage zoomed up to 2000M! I had moved my resources down to 304M so the server stopped working, I got thrown 500 errors, etc. I submit a support ticket and they say wp-cron and some cached pages users are viewing are causing the memory load.
So I disable all my plugins, I modify wp-cron.php by eliminating two lines
if ( $GET['check'] != wphash(’187425′) )
to try and get wp-cron to behave.
My memory usage zoomed up past 4000M! And this is with almost zero cpu usage, the website is delivering error 500s. I set a redirect to a static page for those errors.
Now it looks like my memory usage is below 150M again but my WordPress site is unreachable. Can't get in via wp-admin nor hit the site itself. I disabled the front page by adding a static page so I know users are NOT hitting the front page to trigger any php code. The load on the memory/cpu should be minimal.
I have other WordPress blogs on this VPS and they are all running fine. Granted the one I have that's down is more complex but I disabled much of it and it's still unresponsive. Even with 4G memory, reboots, removal of plugins, etc. still no go.
Anyone see this kind of thing before? DH claims 600M is plenty for a Top 100 Blog. Mine is far from top 100 yet even with 4000M it won't run. And my week is up in less than a day and there's no way I'm gonna pay for 4G/month at $400 when even that doesn't work.
I pointed out to tech support this page: http://tinyurl.com/phnpqk
They said that wasn't the problem but I'm having my doubts. They also said SuperCache isn't a problem anymore either (contrary to posts on the web) but when I enabled it my memory usage zoomed up to 350M, with Hypercache it stayed below 150M.
Here's my site which is down: http://www.hawaii247.org
There's a screen snapshot on there somewhat of what it looks like when it's up.