After many issues over the last number of months, we have spent the last 2 weeks behind the scenes revamping our server platform.
Alot has changed - mainly the server hardware we utilise has changed alot, we have moved from soho quality SATA drives to an Enterprise class Fiber SAN powered by 15krpm SCSI drives. We have upgraded our Database server to 8Gb of RAM, and tweaked and tuned our front end servers to the max.
We will be connecting our SQL/Database servers to the SAN in the middle of December so that is when we are aiming for our peak performance/stability.
You HOPEFULLY will notice the pageload speed increases, and we are now hoping the major upgrades will leave us with the next year without a glitch in uptime, as we have been experiencing erratic outages on the site & forums for some time now.
For the time being however, we have had to lock down guest logins, as the Yahoo & Google spiders have been attributed to attempting to read upto 1000 pages at a time during peak periods, causing our previous servers to go nuts! This will be changed again after mid December.
Anyway, happy browsing and as always, leave feedback in this thread