Yes we have a super computer but even it gets over taxed at times with over 10,000 simulataneous connections to the database. The number of people that you see listed as online just shows you that they are online, not what they are doing. They may be searching for things, posting, replying, and so on...........so even though the number says 703 it is more like 12x that amount that are working the server.
Parker, time for another server upgrade? Just kidding.
I noticed that the web site was running slow at around 6:15 p.m. EDT Thursday night. After a couple of minutes of witnessing the slow operation, the site went down for a short period for maintenance. Within ten minutes or so, the site was back up and all was well -- still is!
Is it a "definite" that this is just a problem with the server being over taxed during the day? This only started happening in the last week or so and I find it hard to believe that the site just all of a sudden had a flood of new visitors/curiosity seekers. I haven't seen these page load times (30-40 seconds or more) since long before the server upgrade.
Parker, the server lag still exists at my end. Today it was just brutal around 2 pm CDT. It was taking 60 seconds or more just to refresh the thread listings in the various forums and that's with the T1 connection at the office. Opening any thread was taking upwards of a minute. If I was using a dial-up connection, the browser would have probably timed out before connecting. I don't believe it's a browser issue because I had the same problem with two different ones...both Mozilla and Internet Explorer. Tonight things are back to their normal speedy routine. I'll check again tomorrow around the same time (late morning-early afternoon.)
I have talked to our network guy and he will be looking at the server during these times. There really isn't any rhyme or reason for this other than those times of the day are when we are hit the hardest and have the largest load on the server.
If we find anything other than just loads on the server I will get it taken care of as soon as we figure it out.