Today (or for the USAdians: tonight) my website was down for at least ten hours. The webserver itself was up and running, but the comms with the MySQL backend weren't working at all. Originally I'd assumed that the Dreamhost box my database runs on was dead, but oddly enough it was alive all day.
After some troubleshooting together with the DH team (who took their sweet time in answering my first e-mail), we found out that there were DNS issues. Apparently the requests regarding my database server were -very- slow, causing MySQL and such to time-out. Maybe it was related to the SIDN snafu last night?
Anywho... I'm up and running again, with a few improvements under the hood. This downtime has forced me to add some error reporting and few other niceties that ought to make my site a little more secure.
Now... Homework... ^_^
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