We know how everyone wants to see what we’ve been getting up to, so we’ve added a browser for “Recent Pictures” on the right hand side of the web site. This capability was a “plug in” addition to the web site with over 12 million other web sites using it, so we did not expect it would cause a problem. However after installing the “plug in” the web site crashed and was off line for 15 minutes.
Our site is hosted by www.ipage.com, and we asked them for help. Within 10 minutes iPage had identified and fixed the problem. It was actually not the fault of the new “plug in”, but the web server had run out of virtual memory, triggered by the additional memory demand of the graphic-intensive “plug in”. Anyway, iPage have quadrupled the amount of virtual memory allocated to our web site. So we are “virtually” back on line again now!