In my last post, I was wondering how to fix the issues people were having leaving comments on this site. Attempts to leave comments were timing out and the comments were not being posted.
Fortunately I had lots of great suggestions from readers on how to resolve the issues and I think it is now fixed (famous last words?).
The fix also seems to have had the knock-on effect of drastically speeding up the site – wohoo! A big thank you to everyone for your great suggestions.
The steps I took to resolve this were:
- I turned off this theme’s Ajaxy live commenting
- I cleared my moderation list and my blacklist
- I updated Akismet to the latest version (1.2.1)
- I activated WordPressâ€™ object cache by adding
define('ENABLE_CACHE', true);after the
define WPLANG;line in wp-config.php
This site averages around 1750 unique visitors a day according to Awstats and about 3-4 times that according to Webalizer (Awstats strips out visits from robots/spiders/bots, etc.) so I am guessing that the comments were timing out because the site/server were under pressure.
Turning on the WordPress object cache took the pressure off and is now letting the comments through.
Sincere apologies to anyone who had problems recently leaving a comment on this site – hopefully it won’t happen again.