OK, sheesh, so tonight was my first "beta" test on a dedicated server with the following specs:
Processor #1 Vendor: GenuineIntel
Processor #1 Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz
Processor #1 speed: 1995.054 MHz
Processor #1 cache size: 1024 KB
Processor #2 Vendor: GenuineIntel
Processor #2 Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz
Processor #2 speed: 1995.054 MHz
Processor #2 cache size: 1024 KB
We're a local community newspaper and had a big school bond election, and before launching the actual blog to the public, I decided to sort-of pre-launch it with the results from this election, which cratered the site. Server stats are giving me the following:
Server Load 2.80 (2 cpus) !
Which is presumably what is crashing it.
Is caching the way to solve this? If so, searching for caching plug-ins result in a myriad of different options and plug-ins; which do you recommend (if that will help my particular problem?)
Many thanks, all!