joined:Apr 1, 2016
I just changed server from sharing space on someone else's server to a VPS. The VPS provides great analytics that allows me to see CPU, Memory and other kpi's. I can also very easily upgrade plans that provide more disk space, memory cpu's etc...
So at my current traffic levels I am pushing the server pretty hard (75% to 95% cpu usage) but I have no idea how hard I can actually push it before it starts causing issues like slowing page speeds.
I have very little to no experience managing my own server. Thus far I have two other sites running on VPS but those machines have been well over-sized for the traffic they have been getting.
How do you judge server performance?
What are performance indicators to watch for?
What are the trade-offs?
Basically, an upgrade is an extra 20$ a month, is there any value in spending the extra cash?