Running a web server on 256 RAM

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Mon Mar 16 12:54:02 UTC 2009

James Matthews wrote:
> Hi,
> I am wondering if I am able to run a webserver (Apache,MySql) for my
> wordpress blog and django site on 256 megs ram. Yes I know everything is
> possible however I wish to upgrade from shared hosting to a VPS (Slicehost
> or Linode I didn't decide yet....) and I am wondering if it will work out.

Sure, if you're the only one using it or there's very little traffic.

Without testing I don't know what you're looking for...will it be a 
performance leader? Heck no. If it's just for personal use and you have 
the disk space, probably.

Only way to tell is set it up and run it and while using it from another 
machine have the server running the system monitor (or better yet, run 
the server version, sans X, and see what the CPU and memory usage are as 
you're using it. When it's pegging %100 constantly and/or dropping to 
swap often, you're overtaxing it.

I mean...someone wrote an IP stack and web server for the commodore 64 
and put it on the Internet :-) Worked for them until slashdot got wind 
of it...

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