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A question about WP and hosting

  • I have a question about hosting and the strains that WP installations produce on a shared server.

    I host my site The Rock and Roll Report (www.rockandrollreport.com)which draws appox. 400 unique pageviews a day.

    I have been told the following:

    WordPress is often implicated in excessive processor and memory usage issues. You might try temporarily disabling all WordPress plugins for a 24 hour period to see what effect it has on your resource usage, though you shouldn’t disable the WP-Cache or WP-SuperCache plugin, whichever you have installed.

    The plugins I have installed besides WP Super Cache are:

    PodPress (the podcast files are not stored on this server)
    Akismet
    All in One SEO Pack
    Amazon Reloaded for WordPress
    Breadcrumb Navigation XT
    Contextual Related Posts
    Flexi Pages Widget
    Lightbox 2
    NextGEN Gallery
    Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form
    Share This
    WordPress Database Backup

    All are the most current version.

    My webhost is telling me the average usage stats on a shared server are:

    Average %CPU usage – 3.60
    Average %Memory usage – 0.88
    Average %MySQL usage – 0.2

    and my site’s stats are:

    ocka9 rockandrollreport.com 3.60 0.88 0.2
    Top Process %CPU 81.0 /usr/bin/php /home/rocka9/public_html/index.php
    Top Process %CPU 71.0 [php]
    Top Process %CPU 66.0 [php]

    Which plugins could be causing this excessive usage? I absolutely need podpress and the NextGen Image Gallery but I am wondering if these are causing the problems especially NextGEN as I have 29 galleries associated with it.

    Is it possible to audit my site to determine which plugins are causing the most problems?

    I have disabled all plugins but Askimet and WP-Super Cache for 24 hours as recommended to see if this changes things.

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. They are recommending I upgrade to a dedicated server but that is way beyond my means at this point in time.

    Thanks in advance.

    Mark Boudreau

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