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  1. Kim Woodbridge says


    My webhost provided me with the part of the server log file that showed the processes that were causing the heavy load. From this I was able to determine the database, which surprisingly wasn’t the one running this site. I wasn’t sure about the rest of the information in the log file so I looked at my list of plugins, eliminated most of them, and then examined the php file for the ones that I suspected as causing the problem. Like I mentioned, I thought it was the Broken Link Checker because that is the only plugin I had installed recently for the elephant site. But the code didn’t match what was in the server log so I kept checking. The code in Related Posts did match so I deactivated it and everything seems fine now.

    If a site has less than 5000 visits per day, it should be fine. I think my problem was that there is 4,000+ posts on the elephant site and numerous tags. Each page causes related posts to go through all of that data.

    One thing to do is install the WP Super Cache plugin. I do have this on the elephant site but I’ve never been certain that it was working properly – I need to spend more time with it.

    And today I found the Throttle plugin which will monitor and report the server loads of plugins and themes. I have not installed this yet so I can’t say whether it works or not.

    Once I got the site up and running, I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. I still have some research to do and I will write about it when it is clear in my own mind.

    Oh – if you have access to cPanel through your host there is a link on the bottom left called Server Status – Click to View. You can see the server load – I’m not sure yet if that is just my stat or is everyone’s on that server.

    Yesterday started out great and ended up being a difficult day.

  2. Kim Woodbridge says

    I have it installed but have no idea if it is working properly. The documentation, help, forums, etc also really confuse me. It is activated and “working” but there is nothing in the cache. So, my best answer here is I have no idea. ;-)

  3. Kim Woodbridge says

    I’m bad about disabling the plugin but then leaving it in the directory. It seems that even disabled plugins can increase wordpress overhead so I’ve deleted everything that I’m not using. Of course, I also deleted one I was using ….

  4. says

    I wish the host I use was so studious in contacting webmasters when they over-used resources – there have been many occassions recently when my site has gone down due to other’s actions.

    I guess that’s the penalty of using shared hosting.. now, if only I had the first clue about running a VPS..

    Scams last blog post – Moving Company Scams And How To Avoid Them

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