During heavy traffic Saturday night, our database 'decided' to refuse connections. Therefore, esctoday.com was hard to reach for several hours. We apologise for any inconvenience this might have lead to.
What went wrong?
The past weeks have been quite busy, with many Eurovision Song Contest related events. Because we try to stay 'your daily Eurovision centre', we intend to cover each and every story. Due to heavy traffic, our database 'decided' to refuse new connections, which made it hard to reach the website.
During the past weeks, esctoday.com visitors generated about 110,000 pageviews every day (the forum not included). The record was set when more than 1,000 people were surfing the site simoultaneously. Unfortunately, this also lead to capacity problems, which we tried to solve by caching the frontpage.
Caching means that we actually save the website's frontpage for you, to avoid that every single visitor creates multiple database connections. Every two minutes, our frontpage is being cached. What you see is the saved version of the frontpage. The only database connections generated, are being generated when we save the frontpage for you, instead of every time you visit the site's frontpage. Because we cache every two minutes, you still see the latest Eurovision Song Contest related news!
We apologise for the inconvenience and when it concerns Kiev, we are planning to have more capacity by then!