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Server sometimes unavailable - time to upgrade hosting plan?

Post by sillyfly » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:05 pm

Lately while trying to access www.factorioforums.com I get "server unavailable" errors, or error pages from www.forpsi.com (which I guess is the host of this site?)
It's no surprise - less than a year ago Factorio had about 10K downloads, and now it is nearing 70K. Assuming the forum audience grows at a similar rate, forum traffic probably increased about sevenfold in the past year or so.
Do you guys think it's time to upgrade your hosting plan? Or is it just me who's getting those weird error pages?

(not trying to tell the devs how to spend their money, of course, just wanted to bring their attention to this matter :) )

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Post by FishSandwich » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:24 pm

Been having same problem. :/ Earlier today it was down for a good 10 minutes, just showing the forpsi page.

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Re: Server sometimes unavailable - time to upgrade hosting p

Post by ssilk » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:51 am

From the hardware side, this should be no problem. Much bigger forum work with smaller hardware.

In my current opinion (I can't be sure, I guess just cause of 20 years experience in that area) this is what we see: some hiccups of the server, caused by maintenance, backup or updates. But I can be completely wrong.



Off topic: In my eyes the setup is ... Not very common; having two or more applications (forum and wiki and some homepage) under one virtual host (not server or machine) is nowadays not so useful, cause such setups tend to become a steady workaround, which is difficult to update and maintain. Common is to have every virtual host, every service under one virtual machine. In this case the forum, the wiki, the database and some static webpages. And for maintenance the machines are cloned/mirrored.
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Re: Server sometimes unavailable - time to upgrade hosting p

Post by rorror » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:07 pm

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got this error today.

seems easy to fix

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seems like a shared webhosting envoirement with 100 website running on it.

ask if they can change your apache fastcgi count. or maybe upgrade to something else.
or just order a small vps somewhere, what you can use. these days that ain't expancive anymore.

http://w3bin.com/ip_info/81.2.195.72 host is hosting a lot of websites.

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Re: Server sometimes unavailable - time to upgrade hosting p

Post by ssilk » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:32 pm

Maybe you are right. But you cannot know, how this is hosted. It could be the proxy-gateway you are looking for. And the 503 error is something else. Without further knowledge, how the stuff is configured you are just guessing.

But well, the 503 comes often in the last weeks. My experience says, that the host is configured with a limit of connections. Resolving is just wait a bit (5-10 secs) and then reload.
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Re: Server sometimes unavailable - time to upgrade hosting p

Post by rorror » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:04 pm

ssilk wrote:Maybe you are right. But you cannot know, how this is hosted. It could be the proxy-gateway you are looking for. And the 503 error is something else. Without further knowledge, how the stuff is configured you are just guessing.

But well, the 503 comes often in the last weeks. My experience says, that the host is configured with a limit of connections. Resolving is just wait a bit (5-10 secs) and then reload.
For sure i am guessing, and not looked further then the IP address, i know that f5 solves it, but it is just irritating.

The problem and solution you seem to know. So i will leave it by this.

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