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Lots of connection problems
« on: January 23, 2019, 12:35:46 AM »
Hi, during the last few days, I have experienced lots of connection problems. It happens when I try to open a page on the forum from Notifications, under modify profile. But I think it would happen from any place. It happens very often and it is not only the case when the Americans are coming online but all times of the day.

Message text:
Sorry, SMF was unable to connect to the database. This may be caused by the server being busy. Please try again later.

Is this an issue on the site? Perhaps the server could be restarted?
« Last Edit: January 23, 2019, 01:06:47 AM by Linda_Norway »

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Re: Lots of connection problems
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2019, 02:30:41 AM »
It happens ALL the time. I think the servers aren't really capable of handling the amount of traffic this site gets now, and it just freaks out periodically when things get too busy.


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Re: Lots of connection problems
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2019, 01:20:28 PM »
I also get these constantly.

Is this something that can be made better by additional server space?


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Re: Lots of connection problems
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 10:43:40 AM »
MMM has previously written about how the tech side of the blog is managed.  He has apparently resisted going to dedicated servers, instead surviving by buying the "delux" version of hosting available from larger sites.  Perhaps the site has finally grown so much that this is no longer sufficient.  Perhaps he's not interested in having his own system, with all of the headaches that entails.