I'm being informed by my VPS hosting provider that I'm taking up too much CPU cycle time for a VPS system. Apparently I'm using up ~25% when I should be around 5%.
This week we crested over 10k page views for a couple of days, usually it's like 7-8k.
We run between 5 and 10 posts/day, and each post gets between 20 and 50 comments. We're using Intense Debate for comments and Atahualpa by bytes for all, for a theme. We're running WP Super Cache with default settings, and not much else for optimization.
Our hosting has informed us that pretty much no matter what we do, there's no way we'll ever get WP down to an acceptable CPU utilization level with that kind of traffic.
1) Based on the info here, do we have a reasonable chance of being on anyone's VPS? or do we really need to be on a dedicated system?
2) What kind of dedicated hardware for a dedicated system would be required? Hopefully the ~200/mo bottom-rung type stuff?