Many volunteers here would, but can you describe what’s going on with that slow down? Meaning any idea what events trigger it or is it a slowdown always at the same time of day?
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It’s actually pretty random, so I can’t provide specific timing, unfortunately. There are time when the site just slows down – pages take long to load, etc. The site doesn’t have much on it, I think, that should cause slow load times or slowdowns.
Those are the worst to solve simply because it’s not apparently consistent.
If you haven’t already done so, try and setup a graphical monitoring page such as Munin. That’s the tool I used to chase down a plugin that wasn’t working well for me.
Then you may be able to correlate memory/disk/IO usage with the slow down and get to the bottom of it.
Any idea how I would go about installing that on my server? Is it an easy setup like WordPress? (transfer in FTP, create database, and presto!)
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Munin and packages like that aren’t too bad but be can be daunting. I can’t recall if I had any problems installing it or not…
Why not ask your host if they have a tool like that? It doesn’t need to be fancy, just something that can hopefully help identify where/when the slow down is.
Hrm. Are there any monitoring tools that are good, but can be installed as easy as WordPress, or other scripts?
Not that I’m aware of. I really wasn’t kidding about WordPress being a gift to it’s users.
If you have an Ubuntu server then it’s not too difficult to install Munin. But to get it working correctly, you need some (not much) system administration experience. And root user access too, which many WordPress users just don’t have on their web hosts.
If you do have that access then find out the platform your web server is on and do a search on that platform and Munin. See what pops up and read it carefully, make backups, and try it out.
The backups part is important as some of those monitoring tools need you to add to your web server configuration and that can be tricky.
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