Bits & Pieces was down for about an hour on Friday afternoon. Visitors (and staff) were getting an ‘Error connecting to the database” message. I called the ISP and they managed to get the site back online but they appear to have disabled all of the plugins. Apparently, there was a conflict with at least one of the plugins. The plugins perform various functions like allow you to upload images in your comments, rate posts and comments, and edit your comments plus allow me various functions on the back end of the site which is where I spend most of my time.
You should notice a dramatic increase is load time for the site without these plugins. They do tend to slow things down quite a bit. I’ll try to add in the ones I need the most one at a time to see if one, in particular, is causing the problem. But I probably won’t get around to doing that this weekend.