Now mind you, I know all this because I’ve done it before where I had to google around and learn which commands to use to discover this info.
As expected, it was PHP in CGI mode that was sucking my life’s blood.
It seems that as far as Dreamhost is concerned, you shouldn’t be running plugins in the first place. Luckily for me, I know a few UNIX commands and how to use an ssh shell to do some troubleshooting.
However even for me this kind of response is definitelly inferior.
After that, it simply happens all at once suddenly.
Now this is extremelly difficult to troubleshoot as you can have no idea what is causing this.
A while later, I noticed that the RAM usage seemed to have dropped off so I thought that the problem had resolved itself.