Extremely high SWAP and RAM usage


Sep 23, 2013
cPanel Access Level
Root Administrator
I'm hoping someone can help me with an issue I have been having recently.

I have a 2GB Linode VPS running the latest release of WHM/cPanel. I recently upgraded from a 1GB VPS to 2GB RAM VPS since I was having these same issues before. However, upgrading doesn't seem to have solved the issue.

What happens is that the server will fill 100% Swap within about 3 hours of being rebooted. And now, memory is being close to 100% consumed as well. I've attached server info and status pages from cPanel interface. Is this anything to worry about? Before I upgraded to 2GB VPS, my RAM usage was roughly 40% consumed at any given time, its just skyrocketed within the past day or so. Rebooting the server helps for a short while, but not permanently.

Any ideas?

More info:

There are 38 sites on the server, with several parked domains as well. About 15 of them are running WordPress, and the others are either just used for email or are static websites.

Running MySQL, latest version. Also, both Apache and Nginx using the NginxCP.com plugin. I reconfigured my Apache settings by following what serverconfig.io recommends when I upgraded to 2GB VPS. Most everything else should be stock WHM defaults.

Last night, I did enable Mod_Ruid2 in EasyApache, however I though this was supposed to improve performance on the website end and increase security, not cause a system to use so many more resources.

Also recently installed a few ConfigServer.com scripts, to manage email, spam and firewall. But it was running fairly well for a while after those were installed.
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Staff member
Apr 11, 2011
Hello :)

The following thread is a good place to start when troubleshooting load/memory issues:

Troubleshooting High Loads On Linux Systems

Note that you should attach images directly to this thread instead of linking to a third-party image hosting website.

Thank you.