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Thread: Forum creaking under the weight?

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    Default Forum creaking under the weight?

    For the past several days now I've been seeing lots of server timeouts when moving from post to post on here.

    A browser refresh usually brings the requested page around second time - but sometimes it's 3/4/5 refreshes before the page is served.

    Anybody else?

    Could the webmaster please investigate?

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    It's not the best Web hosting. I've been on at the company a few times in the past. They did say they'd switched the site to better servers and it is a bit better, but not great. I'll get on at them again. It's not just the forum that hangs its the whole site. Perhaps when the opportunity comes around we could upgrade to a better host for more ;-)
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    Cass,

    Do we have any figures around disk space requirements and probably most importantly bandwidth requirements ?

    I am more than happy to help look at alternatives (I do it for my own domain - admittedly it is a *lot* smaller than GAGB) but to allow proper evaluation we need to have some info to try to make apples vs apples.

    I guess we also need to understand how much GAGB is willing to pay per month/year for hosting.

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    Ok, that's a good suggestion. :-) The Web hosting company we use now is a very good price, in my opinion. However, we are obviously getting a service that matches that. I'll pull together some figures of what we will need and the next committee could perhaps discuss it at the next meeting.
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    It's worse today

    Could we please get a support ticket in with the hosting provider?

    Maybe even something as simple as a server reboot would at least offer a temporary improvement.

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    Yes, even now at 2:20am it's spluttering. My last post at 2am resulted in "page contains no data" - it got added to the thread but the "Last Post" entry in the forum menu did not get updated, so nobody would know to look at it again.

    I've got a 5 for 5 years hosting package off eBay from a reseller of Heart Internet and it has been great for 2 years. I had a similar package before that but that particular reseller quit and left his customers hanging in the wind: Heart tried to recruit us directly but not at a competitive price. I've no idea what GAGB's server requirements are like, however, the package has WordPress and Joomla amongst a myriad of tools, unlimited MySQL databases and SSH access if needed. It might just fit the bill....

    If we need CPU gruntwork for new projects I've got a stack of hardware in my loft that is the remains of my ISP business which I packed up when I could no longer make any margin on it. I should have flogged them right away but now they are getting old and worthless despite being in immaculate condition. I'm happy to donate some to GAGB if they could be put to good use: definitely for CPU (eg. server-side script processing) rather than RAM or storage.

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    The forum and site seem no worse (or better) at the moment than at any other time during the past year - which begs the question......do any of the committee candidates noting this as an issue actually frequent the site outside the election period??
    Last edited by keehotee; 25th November 2012 at 07:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keehotee View Post
    The forum and site seem no worse (or better) at the moment than at any other time during the past year - which begs the question......do any of the committee candidates noting this as an issue actually frequent the site outside the election period??
    I'm comparatively new here and only lurked until I felt the need to speak up during the reviewer bashing over the KT series.

    That being said, these forums always seemed much quieter in the recent past than they are at present.

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    Same here. I've lurked before but there never seemed to be much going on so didn't post.

    Hopefully it will stay busy once the elections are over, but I feel it may return to being a ghost forum

    I DO feel the forum needs a good update to attract more people though.

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    Incidentally, the forum was comparatively busy during the KT debate if I recall correctly - and I don't recall seeing one failed server connection - which is what is happening frequently now.

    The web server can't cope with the number of connections hitting it - so it's probably over subscribed or there's a hardware / software resource issue which, if it's a memory leak for example, might be temporarily removed by a server reboot - until of course the memory leak lowers the working memory back down to inadequate levels again.

    So I'd say it's got worse.

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    On the contrary, it's a good day if it doesn't happen at least once....throughout the year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eusty View Post

    I DO feel the forum needs a good update to attract more people though.
    It sure does... Without a shadow of a doubt
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    Quote Originally Posted by keehotee View Post
    On the contrary, it's a good day if it doesn't happen at least once....throughout the year!
    So six or seven page refreshes just to get on the site or move from page to page isn't worse
    Last edited by Team Microdot; 25th November 2012 at 02:49 PM. Reason: fx tpo's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff Grof View Post
    It sure does... Without a shadow of a doubt
    And of course plenty of posters with lots to say opcorn:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Microdot View Post
    So six or seven page refreshes just to get on the site or move from page to page isn't worse
    No - that's par for the course for the past year or so

    I usually use Tapatalk to read the forum nowadays - but half a dozen goes isn't unusual at all. The forum isn't noticeably any glitchier, sluggish, or harder to access at the moment than the 11 months prior to these elections

    Which isn't to say it isn't bad - just that it's no worse than usual........
    Last edited by keehotee; 25th November 2012 at 03:22 PM.

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