What are the server configuration requirements for the website?

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Server data processing can directly affect the performance and response speed of a website. Usually there is no fixed standard for website and server configuration, and the server configuration should change according to the traffic and load growth of the website.

Thanks to the JAMStack architecture, the server is only used for back-end content entry, which largely reduces the requirements for server configuration, and a low-cost VPS can satisfy the work needs at the beginning of a website:

  1. OVHcloud STARTER - 1 vCore, 2 GB, 20 GB SSD SATA, 100 Mbps unmetered*  - $4.20/month
  2. DigitalOcean Droplets - 1 vCPU, 1 GiB, 25 GiB SSD, 1,000 GiB - $6.00/month
  3. Contabo Cloud VPS S - 4 vCPU Cores, 8 GB, 50 GB NVMe or 200 GB SSD - €5.99/month
  4. Hostinger KVM1  - 1 vCPU Core, 4 GB, 50 GB NVMe, 1 TB Bandwidth - $4.99/month

A few tips on VPS options

Choosing a physical data center

Most service providers offer data centers in different geographic areas, with one or more data centers in each area. Choosing the data center closest to you can avoid network delays that may affect your website management operations.

Take DigitalOcean as an example:

DigitalOcean Available Datacenters

DigitalOcean has datacenters across 9 regions, including North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

Bandwidth limitation

If your website has a lot of image based content then you need to pay attention to the bandwidth limit. Take hostinger KVM1 for example, it is limited to 1Tb/month, which is sufficient for new websites that are generally text based with a few images.

What is the concept of 1Tb traffic?

Take the http://zhuli.eu/zh-CN/ page as an example, we use Chrome to open the request data for the first time

Page load time

  • 22 requests
  • 254 kB transferred
  • 419 kB resources
  • Finish: 1.02 s
  • DOMContentLoaded: 674 ms
  • Load: 891 ms

Assuming a page is 500KB, then 1Tb traffic can visit the page is: (1024 × 1024 × 1024 KB) / 500 KB= 2,147,483.648, that is, each month can load 2 million PV, if calculated according to the day down to about 71,582 times a day PV, so many sites per month 1Tb bandwidth is enough. Of course, if there are a lot of images and media files, the number of requests will be compressed because of the size of the page.

In addition, for a 500kb page, the traffic consumed on repeated visits may not be 500K, the browser will cache the page and many elements are not repeatedly counted as traffic. In addition there are technical means to reduce the traffic consumption by gzip and so on.

So, in general, the traffic limit is not as terrible as most people think, and 1tb is enough for most small websites.

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