It’s clear that our current hosting solution is like trying to fit 10 pounds of shit into a 5 pound sack, as my mother is often wont to say, but we’re managing to limp along. Some days are better than others, but the performance is clearly not what I’d like it to be and it’s mainly due to trying to run in an environment that is less than the minimum recommended for the package we’re using. In blocking some of the more aggressive search engine crawlers out there we’ve also managed to block Bloglines from scanning our RSS feeds so folks who were keeping up with us via that conduit are missing out and it’s not clear which block we need to remove to restore that functionality. Occasionally when trying to view the site you may get an error message instead indicating that the script has used up all the available memory. When that happens simply hitting reload should be enough to get the site to render. We’re just bumping against our limits and causing the script to crap out on occasion is all. In addition to that I need to have our new hosting providers set up a reverse DNS map so that email notifications can be sent to AOL and Roadrunner as those are currently failing.
I’ve held off on putting the ticket in because I’m kicking around whether or not to tough it out here by stepping up to the next available package or restarting the search for a better hosting solution. I’m also debating whether to stick with ExpressionEngine or see if I can make use of one of the other packages out there that aren’t as resource intensive. Of course, not being overly familiar with what the minimum requirements of other packages happens to be doesn’t make that choice any easier to make. I could end up switching to something else only to find it’s just as bad under the load SEB generates as EE is.
Anyway, just wanted to let you guys know that while we may be limping along at the moment we’re not ignoring the situation in the least. Options are still being considered and alternatives are being explored. Bear with us, this could take awhile.