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30 September 2010
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Sorry, that's my fault again. The thread URI somehow got mangled and became /getting-worse-1/, so I changed it back to /getting-worse/. Any email notifications for new posts may thereforehave been incorrect. If you're seeing -1 in a broken link try removing it in your address bar.

I'm not having any trouble clicking on Getting Better then Getting Worse via the front page though. I wonder if it's a caching issue.

On the plus side, the server fails seem to have been sorted (touch wood). I think I isolated a rogue plugin which was scheduling unwanted stuff to happen at certain intervals, causing CPU overload.

As ever, if none of that makes sense, don't worry about it. And thanks again for all your patience. You're wonderful people.

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23 March 2012
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2 April 2012
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Yep, that was human error (mine). Here's what happened (quite detailed, sorry if it's boring).

I'm still getting server downtime, so I'm doing a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff to make the site leaner. Much of this involves replacing WordPress plugins that are memory hogs and can be bypassed. Unfortunately in the four years this site has been running there's a lot of legacy stuff to deal with. For example, I've been using an image gallery plugin which isn't actually needed - WordPress handles this stuff fine on its own. Unfortunately I've got just under 2,000 images that need to be reuploaded, pages that need editing to point to them, and new titles/descriptions added for all, before I can remove the old image plugin. Yep, it's boring, but necessary in the longer term (you can see the new image galleries here - you may also have noticed that the random images in the sidebars no longer exist - that's because it was part of the old plugin).

It's an ongoing process, but the eventual aim is to make the site leaner and work faster. I'm also preparing for the redesign which will allow the site to work on mobile devices a lot better than it currently does, so it's all part of a big site overhaul.

Last night I was editing some pages and the server crashed. When it came back online I tried to run an optimise code on the database, in case there were things that didn't need to be there. Well, wouldn't you know it? The server crashed again midway through. So I rebooted the server, but of course the database was only partially repaired and wouldn't work. I didn't have the necessary information to complete the repair, so had to get my systems admin guy to take a look. He lives in India and there's a timezone difference. I think it was offline for about four hours in the end.

I'm still searching for the memory hog that's causing things to crash. Sometimes I make a change and think I've finally cracked it, but then the server falls over again. The danger is that I'll take away a lot of genuinely useful things but miss what's really causing the problem. There are a lot of WordPress plugins out there and they do genuinely useful things - for example, they're behind the Beatles map, or this forum. Sometimes, however, they don't like one another and something that ought to work stops doing so. That's why I'm in this long troubleshooting phase.

TL;DR: I'm not very good with databases and servers, and should learn to leave well alone. This site would work a lot better if it was on Blogger or something.

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