Resource limit information

A2 Hosting's shared and reseller hosting servers run CloudLinux. CloudLinux monitors and regulates account resource usage to help improve server performance and stability.

For detailed information about which resources CloudLinux monitors and regulates, please see this article.

cPanel enables you to view detailed information about problematic processes and database queries running on your account. This information is very helpful for determining why a CloudLinux resource limit was triggered.

CloudLinux checks running processes every minute. Because CloudLinux does not check processes every second, it is possible that short intervals of high usage can be missed.

Viewing resource limit information

To view resource limit information for your account, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. Open the Resource Usage tool:
    • If you are using the Jupiter theme, on the Tools page, in the Metrics section, click Resource Usage:

      cPanel - Metrics - Resource Usage icon

    • If you are using the Paper Lantern theme, in the METRICS section of the cPanel home page, click Resource Usage:

      cPanel - Metrics - CPU usage

  3. On the Resource Usage page, cPanel displays a summary for your account. Depending on your account's resource usage, you may see:

    • Your site had no issues in the past 24 hours: If you receive this message, your account did not trigger any limits within the past 24 hours.
    • Your site has been limited within the past 24 hours: If you receive this message, your account triggered at least one resource limit within the past 24 hours. cPanel displays additional information about which resource (or resources) triggered the limit.
    • Your site might hit resource limits soon: This message is a warning that your account may trigger resource limiting in the near future. cPanel displays additional information about which resource is at risk of triggering a limit.
  4. To view detailed resource usage information for your account, click the Details button or click the Current Usage tab. cPanel displays usage graphs and a usage table:

    • By default, cPanel displays resource usage information for the current day. To change the time interval displayed, in the Timeframe list box, select the range of time to be displayed. In the Time Unit listbox, select the interval between the data points to be displayed. 
  5. To view resource usage snapshots, click the Snapshot tab. Depending on your account's resource usage, cPanel may display a list of processes and a list of database queries:

    • Use the arrow buttons to view snapshots in sequence.
    • Use the calendar list box to select a specific date to view.
    • Use the Snapsot list box to select the snapshot for a specific time to view:

      cPanel - CPU resource limit - Choose snapshot

    For tips about how to interpret resource usage snapshots, please see the following section for an example.

Snapshot example

Let's look at an actual limiting scenario and see how snapshots help troubleshoot the problem. In this example, an account has had its CPU resources limited sometime within the past 24 hours:

cPanel - CPU resource limit overview

To view additional information about the resource limiting, as well as when it occurred, click the Snapshot tab. The following page appears:

cPanel - CPU resource limit snapshot

On the Process List tab, the following information is shown:

  • PID: This is the process ID.
  • CMD: This is the actual command that the process ran.
  • CPU: This is the CPU usage for the process. In this case, bad_script.php exceeded CPU capacity twice (102% and 101%).
  • MEM: This is the amount of memory used by the process, in megabytes.

From this information, we can determine that the PHP script bad_script.php has some sort of problem that causes it to use a large amount of CPU capacity.

If the resouce limit message relates to database usage, use the Database Queries tab to see information about problem queries. Use the HTTP Queries tab to view information about issues with HTTP.

More Information

To view the official CloudLinux documentation for server process snapshots, please visit

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