LAMP Stack Optimizations for Small Servers
Jan 21, 2011
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This WordPress blog is running on a 256MB Slicehost VPS. Here are the settings I have in place to keep Apache and MySQL responsive. Without these settings, the server would often come to a grinding hault and SSH interactions would become very slow and sometimes hang.

Apache – httpd.conf – mpm_prefork_module Settings


<IfModule mpm_prefork_module>
    StartServers          2
    MinSpareServers       2
    MaxSpareServers       4
    MaxClients            50
    MaxRequestsPerChild   500

` I found that I saved a bunch of memory just by using less apache processes. Instead of spawing 8 processes by default I’m only going to spawn one and limit the max spares to 4, which means after some load I should only have 4 processes lingering around waiting to serve pages. **MySQL – my.cnf settings** `



I dropped mysql’s memory useage by about 11M (sitting right under 5M right now) just by disabling innodb support. I’ve also done some very heavy WordPress caching using wp-supercache. this basically caches every page and post so that I’m just serving up static html content instead of processing the entire WordPress stack for every page load.

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