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    Default Recent downtime and the going forward (February 2013)

    Hello lovely people.

    First of all, my apologies for the recent downtime, and the gradually slowing down and brief regular outages of the server in January. I have found it very frustrating to use the site personally, and I know that many of you have too. I always seem to get to the stage when the site is running smoothly for a bit, and then slowly deteriorates.

    The site is run on two database - one hold all the forum and user related bits; and the other all the perfume-related bits. My host is testing to see whether one database is dragging the site down, so currently I have switched off all the parts of the site that run on the perfume database, to see whether that's effecting performance.

    If the site is still crashing every few hours/minutes/seconds, then we'll know that isn't the problem and we can try another test.

    Going forward, as I've mentioned before, I've partnered with a company called Huddler, who are working on a new 'non-crashy' version of the site as we speak. They've been working on this for the last year or so, and it's getting near final stages. The main benefit for me is that Huddler look after all the advertising and tech side of things, which means the site won't be doing this type of thing any more, and I'll be able to concentrate on running the actual website rather than tinkering in back ends all the time. I should be posting more about this in the next week or so.

    In the meantime, Apologies once again for the rubbishness, and I'll aim to get the perfume bits of Basenotes back online as soon as I can.

    Update here: 4th February
    Last edited by Grant; 4th February 2013 at 11:42 PM.
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    Vive la non-crashy. Well done with the hard work.

    I'm blaming it on the "panty-dropper" posts.

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    Default Re: Recent downtime and the going forward (February 2013)

    Thanks Grant, I really appreciate all you do!
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    Thanks for all the hard work, and the update!
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    Well done!
    Fingers crossed you get some sleep.

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    That's good to hear.

    Well done Grant.
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    Have you tried to split the forum into two different physical servers and use something like cisco to do load balancing? This way you can manage the bandwith comming in and going out.

    You could set up the max # of users at any one time, and for everyone else give a static page from a third cheap PC that says "We're full, check back in 5" so the database servers are not over taxed.

    You could archive some of the older posts onto a different database so the current database isn't so full.

    I'm sure you will figure it out. You have a good forum. It's just a matter of finding the bottleneck. Happy searching.

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    Thanks for the update, Grant - much appreciated.

    Keep up the good work!

    Still the best!! (When it works!!).

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    Default Re: Recent downtime and the going forward (February 2013)

    Quote Originally Posted by HDD8 View Post
    Thanks for the update, Grant - much appreciated.

    Keep up the good work!

    Still the best!! (When it works!!).
    Ditto. Thanks Grant, l look forward to the non-crashy version!
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    Default Re: Recent downtime and the going forward (February 2013)

    The forum is working much better today. It's faster and there are no long waits. Looks like the problem was fixed.

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    Thanks for the feedback Grant!
    Hope all is fixed soon!

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    Hurray!

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    This is a fantastic site and worth waiting for. Am looking forward to the "de-bugged" version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smellgood4u View Post
    The forum is working much better today. It's faster and there are no long waits. Looks like the problem was fixed.
    The forum section is working normally today. Sounds like your hunch about the problem is correct, and good luck on the fix.

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    Default Re: Recent downtime and the going forward (February 2013)

    Jolly good show! Perhaps there could be a way for us to list our "Scents of the day" that we were unable to post due to the outage?

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    Do what must be done, Lord Grant. Do not hesitate. Show no mercy

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    We appreciate what you are doing behind the scenes, Grant.
    Keep on doing what you do so well. Life without basenotes is
    quite unthinkable!
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    Thanks for all the information, Grant! Well done!

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    Thanks Grant, the parts that are up are working as they should, hope the rest is ready to go up soon, and really looking forward to the new version of the site.
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    Thanks for your hard work.

    And for once I'm glad for all of those "review topics" that people started!

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    Hey Grant ~

    I'm sure you've noticed how speedy the site is to come up, switch pages, respond to the messaging system, and leaving replies. It's almost shockingly fast compared to what I'm used to. I actually stopped coming by as much because it was so slow. Just getting "on" the site and going through items for sale by opening up separate tabs per user sales took forever for them to load. I think it's safe to say that the fragrance database and related pages are what's are killing the site I use them nearly every day too, so it's a major bummer. Hopefully your techie can fix it permanently because as you said, it starts out slowish but not bad, then gradually just grinds down to the point pages won't even load.

    I'm rooting for you, Grant !
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    Thanks Grant for the info and your work.
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    Thanks G.
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    Site works much better, but honestly, I care a lot more about the fragrance directories and wardrobe than the forums Keep up the hard work & thanks, Grant. Hopefully the directory will return soon
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    Thank you for the clarification of recent problems.

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    Thanks for the update . . . cheers !

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    Default Re: Recent downtime and the going forward (February 2013)

    Thanks for the feedback Grant.

    The site seems a lot faster...looks like its the perfume database that's bogging the forum site....

    Also you mentioned huddler...you say. I have some experience with that host on other forums. Very good choice. I can't wait for that yo be up and running...

    Keep up the great work!

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    Thanks for the update. Fingers crossed

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    Thanks for the update, Grant - never underestimate how much we appreciate all your efforts

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    Yes, the site sure seems zippier without the directory. Although not nearly as functional! I'll be posting more on Huddler next week, but they've had good experience converting sites that are 10 times busier than Basenotes, so the crashyness of Basenotes should be a thing of the past, once that's sorted out.

    I'm going to keep the directory off until at least the end of Monday. Traditionally weekends are less busy anyway, so I want to see a full week day as well to make sure. The Directory etc may come up bit-by-bit til I can ascertain which bits are the evil bits.
    Currently wearing: Gardnia by Chanel

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