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  • I am getting an intermittent “Error establishing a database connection” error on a new blog I’m setting up.

    I am sure it is not a WordPress issue, but rather a hosting issue. Still, I’m asking for suggestions here as I have quite a bit of control over the site, but little tech support.

    Here is some of the relevant info.
    WordPress version: 2.5
    PHP Version: 5.2.2
    MySQL Version: 5.0.45 (I have control of the ini file as well the ability to back up to a 4.x version)
    Platform: Debian
    Plugins: Only the packaged ones, Akismet and Hello Dolly, neither one has been activated.

    It doesn’t occur all the time, just often enough to make it a nuisance. It occurs more frequently on the admin side, and just occasionally on the blog itself.

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  • I have the same problem too, being intermittent one cannot be blamed for incorrect wp-config.php configuration.

    Here are areas I looked at (in search of a solution):
    1. Permalinks
    If you changed anything there, ensure your .htacess file is writeable.
    2. URL
    NEVER change the URL from to! This caused endless hassles, I could not upload Media files etc etc
    3. Upgrade to WP 2.7
    I upgraded from2.6.2 and the problem became worse?
    4. MYSQL connection
    I have read that the problem does not lie on WordPress side, could be a flaky MYSQL connection? I tried a database repair but no luck? Could the database be irrevocably damaged? How does one know if the MYSQL connection is unreliable? I guess this could be checked with the host but would like to know if there is a way I can check myself?

    Oh yeah, one more thing :

    5. Check those DARN PLUGINS!!
    I had a ping optimiser, which I suspect made the error connection problem worse.

    Problem is, there are so many nontangible elements that could lead to the problem, where does one start if you are not 100% tech savvy?

    I have narrowed my particular problem down to the upgrade? I restored back to version 2.6.2 and no more errors? (fingers crossed).
    Can this be?

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