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  • In the past few days, I keep having an issue where the page indicates: “Error establishing a database connection”

    I’ve been running the site for years, and there haven’t been any changes to the template in months.

    I have upgraded to the most recent version of WordPress, but that was a couple weeks ago.

    The MySQL database doesn’t seem to have any issues, as I’m able to connect to it through my webserver’s panel (dreamhost).

    I logged into the site this morning, 20 minutes before it happened. I didn’t make any changes.

    Another author was in the site and uploaded three pictures for an article he published, which happened probably 5 minutes before the site had the Database Error message.

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  • We had an outage recently that may have impacted you, but if you’d like to give me your domain name, I can look into it for you.

    That would be great! It’s

    Well one thing jumps out at me. You upgraded core, but not plugins 🙂 And you sure have a lot of them. Sometimes WP has those DB errors when it’s trying to do too much and it’s timing out. Looking at those plugins, I would suspect that’s happening here.

    I would start by taking out plugins that aren’t absolutely necessary for the running of the site.

    These plugins, while cool, aren’t giving you as much a benefit as you might thing:
    permalinks-migration-plugin-for-wordpress (you usually don’t need this after you’ve used it)
    timthumb-vulnerability-scanner (if you know you’re not using TimThumb, you don’t need this)

    This plugin has been replaced by JetPack, which also has a Twitter tweet-my-post replacement, and a lot of FaceBook replacements.

    This plugin isn’t needed since you have WordPress SEO, and it does this:

    Counter plugins are, generally, just going to slow you down. You really don’t need THREE:

    Personally I also don’t really recommend any ‘security’ plugin, but you’ve got a lot more than you need:


    I would go through those and remove … well. All of them, really. But if you want to keep one, pick one. And let it not be Captcha, please. They’re really horrific for users.

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