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I am maintaining a blog with self hosted wordpress. For the last 5 months, my blog isn't really active as I hit "Server Error 500". The error says "The FastCGI process exceeded configured activity timeout"

I seriously doubt that this is a server fault as I am running a very small database. But the technical support always says that I should optimize the database. My database is just 1.5 MB. I have installed a wordpress plugin to optimize the database. Is there any better way to do this?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

An answer to "how do I make my website go faster" is well beyond the scope of an answer here - if I could be bothered writing down everything I know I'd probably publish it as a book.

However with such a small database, its very unlikely to be the database which is the source of the slowness here. If it were, then the cause should be evidence from the slow query log.

Go check it.

Try running some 'hello world' scripts on the webserver - I suspect that might highlight any problems with the fastcgi daemon.

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it was the problem with their web service. it's corrected at server side. – sarat Feb 10 '12 at 5:36

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