Site under volume
This is one of those “request for thoughts” posts that’s only going to be of interest if you’re wonky into servers/etc/Wordpress/MT/etc and want to talk about things like caching through .htaccess and mysql optimization. Sooooo I’m just going to throw the more tag up now
Whew. Thinned out that readership pretty quick.
We got fairly well brutalized, as you saw if you were here today. Our server load today averaged – averaged – 40 for about eight hours. 40. On a brand new dual proc box donations bought us. We took 200k+ hits today in a few hours with the Soriano rumor. Generating a non-cached page (like on the backend, for us authors) took 30-60s if the database connection didn’t time out.
I am not shitting you. With WP-cache on and everything. Essentially it was all mysqld, too – one proc was almost entirely idle while mysql thrashed its disk (disk was ~30% busy)(no, really). I’m increasingly convinced WordPress can’t scale – that once you’re as large as we are, you’re SOL because it thrashes so hard generating pages.
So! I’m about ready to hit the eject button and port to Movable Type unless we can figure a way to get WordPress to stay up under load.
But here’s my call – is there a fix? Am I really going to reach past the increasingly weird .htaccess mods I’ve been pulling off and into mysql optimization? Is there possibly some crazy bug?
Or is it MT or bust?