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    Over the last couple of months, the forum has been feeling slow, and at times has come up with a response of 'resource limit reached'. the forum is on a fast web server in the UK. The resource limit seems to be memory related, too much being used and not released, suggesting a bug in the forum software or plugins. If we wanted to upgrade to the next level webserver its 100 a month, which is for business use, and not going down the route, it may not fix the problem anyway, just mask it. Well anyway, I've been tweaking a few settings and getting it to serve parts of the website from a caching system, previously many images were. I've disabled a few plugins, that we can get by without. The site seems to feel better, and looking at the resources being used, its hardly registering now. yay.

    2000 Trans-Am WS6 LS1 M6. (The Bat)
    Corsa Cat back, 3.5" dual tips. F.A.S.T LSX Intake / F.A.S.T Fuel rails, Dynatech LT Headers / Y-Pipe / No Cats, Wisper Lid, ported MAF, Racetronix 42lb/hr fuel injectors. Hypertech 160 stat. !AIR, !EGR. Walbro 255, SPEC Stage II Clutch / Flywheel. HPTuners 1BAR SD Tune. Wide Band gauge.
    389RWHP/380RWTQ ([477HP/460TQ]Flywheel) Dyno Dynamics

    More info and photos at:-
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    Recently I've been altering some forum code, to make pages load even faster. I've been working in the Gallery Area, even though photos are meant to be servers from a content delivery network they haven't been, to test it, took around an hour. This area is certainly faster now. I will move onto other area, like the blog, and the article section eventually. These areas wont be as easy to change. The way the forum code is written is very bity, calling up single line bis of codes via a function which is called some something else in another file. It will get there

    2000 Trans-Am WS6 LS1 M6. (The Bat)
    Corsa Cat back, 3.5" dual tips. F.A.S.T LSX Intake / F.A.S.T Fuel rails, Dynatech LT Headers / Y-Pipe / No Cats, Wisper Lid, ported MAF, Racetronix 42lb/hr fuel injectors. Hypertech 160 stat. !AIR, !EGR. Walbro 255, SPEC Stage II Clutch / Flywheel. HPTuners 1BAR SD Tune. Wide Band gauge.
    389RWHP/380RWTQ ([477HP/460TQ]Flywheel) Dyno Dynamics

    More info and photos at:-
    http://www.solent-renegades.co.uk/co...-trans-am.html

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    Still making some tweaks here and there. Looking deeper in to a VPS server which I will trial later on today. The site seems faster at the mo, but when we get a few people on here it slows down.
    The data is held in an SQL database, due to it being on a shared server I cannot tweak the SQL server properties. By moving to a VPS I have total control over it. Therefore making it even faster. At the moment it being a shared server there could be 100 other websites all being served form the same server. The new server will have sole connection to a very whizzy internet backbone. Therefore making the end user experience very quick indeed.
    I loaded a page earlier today, it was just a forum page, took 8 seconds to load, however reloading this page was in about 1 second. This was just for the HTML part of the page, not including all the little bits.
    Also this will speed up the Album section, we get many visitors in here, and I have feed back from one user where it would take 14 seconds to load a page. This was the point where the server was having trouble due to the amount of people on it. Most of the time its okay though.

    2000 Trans-Am WS6 LS1 M6. (The Bat)
    Corsa Cat back, 3.5" dual tips. F.A.S.T LSX Intake / F.A.S.T Fuel rails, Dynatech LT Headers / Y-Pipe / No Cats, Wisper Lid, ported MAF, Racetronix 42lb/hr fuel injectors. Hypertech 160 stat. !AIR, !EGR. Walbro 255, SPEC Stage II Clutch / Flywheel. HPTuners 1BAR SD Tune. Wide Band gauge.
    389RWHP/380RWTQ ([477HP/460TQ]Flywheel) Dyno Dynamics

    More info and photos at:-
    http://www.solent-renegades.co.uk/co...-trans-am.html

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    I've been quiet on the forum for a little while. This is because I have been configuring a VPS (Virtual Private Server) for this website. Things are going well. Had to wrestle with a few things, and where the files are quite large, and having to do a find and replace in some of the settings/ and database it took some time. The reason for a find and replace its that I needed to get it working on another domain name, so it didn't bring down the current website.
    The reason for a VPS is that we have a server with dedicated resources just for our website, where this current site is served from a server that 100 other website could be on. The VPS does cost more, but we have more control, and the website will be faster. By running faster then the googlebot will like the pages more, ranking higher in the search, therefore generating more visitors.
    I need to run further speed tests. Things are looking promising, new VPS server is www.solentrenegades.co.uk so its the same website but without the '-' (hyphen) . The slowness experence before was seen by clicking on 'Forum' and clicking on a thread, and then clicking on 'Forum' it would sit there for a few seconds before downloading the page. The VPS seems faster.
    However at the moment the VPS is serving the images too so will be a little slower, however it is handling it pretty quick and almost on par with the current site which is using a content delivery network (caching system geared up for serving images fast)

    All users can go on the duplicate forum, and post, you will need to sign in again as technically its a different website, I've copied all of the users across. However what you post on this will be lost when the switch over happens (after further speed and stress tests) at the moment tests are looking good. It will be at least another week before I'm totally happy with it.

    My aim in all this is to keep it one of the best car club websites around, fast, and full of information.
    Last edited by TransAmDan; 01-04-2013 at 09:53.

    2000 Trans-Am WS6 LS1 M6. (The Bat)
    Corsa Cat back, 3.5" dual tips. F.A.S.T LSX Intake / F.A.S.T Fuel rails, Dynatech LT Headers / Y-Pipe / No Cats, Wisper Lid, ported MAF, Racetronix 42lb/hr fuel injectors. Hypertech 160 stat. !AIR, !EGR. Walbro 255, SPEC Stage II Clutch / Flywheel. HPTuners 1BAR SD Tune. Wide Band gauge.
    389RWHP/380RWTQ ([477HP/460TQ]Flywheel) Dyno Dynamics

    More info and photos at:-
    http://www.solent-renegades.co.uk/co...-trans-am.html

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    Speed testing of a regular forum page on the current server takes 1.69 seconds to serve the page, no including any other files like the style sheet and images.
    Forum Speed-speedtest-readers-rides-old.jpg


    speed testing using the newer VPS server takes 0.339 seconds to serve the page. That's 4.98 times faster in this example.
    Forum Speed-speedtest-readers-rides-vps.jpg

    Wahoo, whizzy stuff.

    2000 Trans-Am WS6 LS1 M6. (The Bat)
    Corsa Cat back, 3.5" dual tips. F.A.S.T LSX Intake / F.A.S.T Fuel rails, Dynatech LT Headers / Y-Pipe / No Cats, Wisper Lid, ported MAF, Racetronix 42lb/hr fuel injectors. Hypertech 160 stat. !AIR, !EGR. Walbro 255, SPEC Stage II Clutch / Flywheel. HPTuners 1BAR SD Tune. Wide Band gauge.
    389RWHP/380RWTQ ([477HP/460TQ]Flywheel) Dyno Dynamics

    More info and photos at:-
    http://www.solent-renegades.co.uk/co...-trans-am.html

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    It is alot whizzier

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    Thanks, I aim to please.
    I'll make a list in the other thread of things needing to be looked at. Like you mentioned some of the facebook links aren't working when you publish something.

    I done a stress test on the website, with 50 users on there, a page would completely load in 15 seconds on the new website. the old one when it went over 20 users this particular test shot up to over 60 seconds per page. It seems to handle the load better.

    2000 Trans-Am WS6 LS1 M6. (The Bat)
    Corsa Cat back, 3.5" dual tips. F.A.S.T LSX Intake / F.A.S.T Fuel rails, Dynatech LT Headers / Y-Pipe / No Cats, Wisper Lid, ported MAF, Racetronix 42lb/hr fuel injectors. Hypertech 160 stat. !AIR, !EGR. Walbro 255, SPEC Stage II Clutch / Flywheel. HPTuners 1BAR SD Tune. Wide Band gauge.
    389RWHP/380RWTQ ([477HP/460TQ]Flywheel) Dyno Dynamics

    More info and photos at:-
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    You've been busy, it certainly seems way faster

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    Gave the new VPS server some load testing earlier. Continuous testing for 5 mins, it downloaded 5200 pages in that 5 mins, works out to 17 pages per second. It was still serving pages between 1/3rd of a second to 8 seconds on average it was 1.2 seconds during this high load. This is a heck of a lot of traffic, during the whole day before wheels day was out peek time so far this year, 6800 pages were served in the 24 hours.

    I'm almost tempted to move the website to the new server tonight, as all testing seems to prove its a better way to go. Users wont need to do anything, this all happens in the background and its still the same website address.

    2000 Trans-Am WS6 LS1 M6. (The Bat)
    Corsa Cat back, 3.5" dual tips. F.A.S.T LSX Intake / F.A.S.T Fuel rails, Dynatech LT Headers / Y-Pipe / No Cats, Wisper Lid, ported MAF, Racetronix 42lb/hr fuel injectors. Hypertech 160 stat. !AIR, !EGR. Walbro 255, SPEC Stage II Clutch / Flywheel. HPTuners 1BAR SD Tune. Wide Band gauge.
    389RWHP/380RWTQ ([477HP/460TQ]Flywheel) Dyno Dynamics

    More info and photos at:-
    http://www.solent-renegades.co.uk/co...-trans-am.html

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    New backup solution for new server is in the process of being sorted. Don't want to loose things. As now everything is pretty much set up and ready to go. I will take a backup onto my lappa, as its needed to transfer everything for the new server. I will be doing the management of the server, where on the old server someone else was doing the backups. Although the new server is whizzy, it does have some cost saving too. Also room to grow, currently is the website space gets over 8Gb in size i would have to pay more, currenly uts just over 4Gb. We want to be able to add a lot more photos, and the new one, even base size is 15Gb, so almost double, and giving us almost 4 times the space we are currently using. The backup solution will store up to 25Gb, so we are well in there.

    2000 Trans-Am WS6 LS1 M6. (The Bat)
    Corsa Cat back, 3.5" dual tips. F.A.S.T LSX Intake / F.A.S.T Fuel rails, Dynatech LT Headers / Y-Pipe / No Cats, Wisper Lid, ported MAF, Racetronix 42lb/hr fuel injectors. Hypertech 160 stat. !AIR, !EGR. Walbro 255, SPEC Stage II Clutch / Flywheel. HPTuners 1BAR SD Tune. Wide Band gauge.
    389RWHP/380RWTQ ([477HP/460TQ]Flywheel) Dyno Dynamics

    More info and photos at:-
    http://www.solent-renegades.co.uk/co...-trans-am.html

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