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  • Can someone advise me whether RAM usage over 1GB is normal for a site configured with:

    1. Custom Template
    2. 10 plugins
    3. Over 3,000 articles

    Does the number of posts have an impact on RAM??

    My host provider limits RAM usage to 1GB, and I’ve had a problem lately of exceeding this limit which causes a Internal 500 Error. The problem started manifesting with the addition of more articles.
    1 of the plugins is Auto Thumbnail Post which I assume scans all images and generates thumbs for them, and I suspect this may be the problem issue. However, I must disable all plugins now for my site to work, and the activation of just 1 plugin now causes a spike in RAM.

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  • Well, without knowing the list of plugins you are using…
    Generally speaking, some plugins can cause fairly heavy server loads. And your database could be bloated. I have a couple long standing sites, one with over 8500 posts so far.

    Personally, I use WP-DBManager ( and try to keep my plugins to a minimum. One plugin I almost always use is W3 Total Cache (

    Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator

    Your problem is the number of pages; your MySQL server is getting hammered and eating memory. Your host needs to increase the number of apache processes, adjust memory usage for MySQL, use a cache plugin among other tweaks. These are all typical performance adjustments for a WP site with that many pages. If you’re on a shared host, you may not be able to make those adjustments; on a VPS, you will.

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