httpd causing high CPU load in CentOS / DirectAdmin

If you did TOP in ssh, and noticed httpd process has a high cpu load, and has been running for a long time (e.g. over 5 minutes) then you might try lowering your MaxRequestsPerChild.

vi /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-mpm.conf

Now change your MaxRequestsPerChild from 1000 to 20...

StartServers 5
MinSpareServers 10
MaxSpareServers 20
ServerLimit 812
MaxClients 812
MaxRequestsPerChild 20

service httpd restart

now try top again, and you should see your cpu load for httpd go down dramatically... after you may want to increase your MaxRequestsPerChild while keeping an eye on TOP, to figure out what the sweet spot is for your server and traffic/load situation.