Some of you have occasionally been noticing delays.
These have actually been going on for a very, very long time. As mentioned, the first victim was CJaC - it's not a choice of host, our current host is roughly three times as fast.
There are two things that cause this.
First, is I/O bandwidth - internal bandwidth for the machine - when Elliquiy and other vpses on Elliquiy's node perform backups. When Elliquiy was at Acceleratedweb, we were really the only ones doing this, so it wasn't much of an issue.
Here, though, a few more people are doing that, and Elliquiy runs three backups now instead of one, to shave ten seconds or so off the main forum backup time.
Obviously, a lot of people do this in the morning. I'm told that there are not very many, so I plan on living with it until we start looking into dedicated server options.
The more common issue is bad SQL on smf's part. SMF 1.x was not designed with forums of Elliquiy's size in mind, or rather, forums of Elliquiy's size and activity were not running when SMF was in its release candidate stage.
Upgrading is going to break things for awhile though, and release candidate updates - often including security items, will often break things again.
I do, however, have it on very good authority that these issues are largely resolved in 2.0
However, 'My Topics' is going to break.
Youtube inlining is going to break.
Java chat is going to break.
The Shoutbox is going to break.
The Arcade is going to break.
I'm listing these in the order in which I plan on re-implementing them. If you disagree with the order, I should explain the order of difficulty:
1: Inlining is trivial, and a far superior mod exists.
2: The Java chat is no big deal, I might instead have mibbit link to the java, or implement it in drupal to have a combo there and not have it disabled when the forums go down.
3: My Topics is only slightly more difficult, and I think I can do a better job.
4: I need to do a lot regarding the shoutbox, I fear, but it's more of a technical issue.
5: The arcade, on the other hand, is not so much difficult as it is tedious. You may end up begging the goddesses for individual games >_>
Aside from taking Elliquiy down for several hours, or at the very least, making several hours' worth of posts irrelevant, however, those are the main issues that come to mind, aside from of course the columned theme.
Please let me know your opinions, thank you : )