WiiNintendo Server Problems

As many of you may have seen (or not) WiiNintendo.net and our forums WiiFuse.com (WiiNintendo.net/forums) have been CRAWLING the past week or so.

I’ve spent countless hours messing around with plugins, running SQL tuner/optimizer scripts, repairing databases, etc.

With the help of my host MediaTemple we systematically went through all SQL queries and slowly but surely discovered a few leaks in the site.

– Our images were being hotlinked from other sites (some were x-rated spam sites). So, I wrote a line of code in our .htaccess file to stop that. I also installed a plugin to wordpress to help with hotlinking.

– We were getting SQL queries (400 in 1 minute) from crawlers and bots. Some reputable like Google and Yahoo!, but there were some other ones from Brazil and other undetermined IP’s that would consistently be crawling the site. We blocked them all.

– The site was still acting up and we eventually found that de-activating the Disqus commenting system brought the site up to blazing fast speeds.

Next steps are to continue without Disqus for a few days and make sure everything is still running full steam ahead. I’ll look into re-installing Disqus when it can play nice with my server.

Edit 1: It Appears that Disqus Plugin Version 2.48 in particular is the problem, so I downgraded to 2.46. We’ll see if this is indeed the culprit.


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Mickey – who has written posts on NintendoFuse.

  • http://wiinintendo.net/ hattrick

    yay! we’re back up and running again! great job, hey_suburbia!

  • Yousuke Fullbuster Uzumaki

    Yes, Im glad that Disqus is staying, please do not return to that archaic commenting system that was here before!

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  • http://travisoberlander.com Travis Oberlander

    I’m glad that we were able to help you pinpoint the issues and get your site running smoothly! It’s good to not that the Disqus Plugin v2.48 was a problem. Do you think it was an incompatibility between your WordPress version and the plugin version?

  • Anonymous

    This is really good article to read. There is no big new that server problem. But it is not hacked like Sony PS3. I am the big fan of Nintendo games. I am waiting for launch of WII 2.

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