What the heck is that?
Good question. Long story short, I’ve been having issues with the site since I updated to https. It was like the site would simply run out of energy trying to do something. That might be adding a new post, or updating a page, or even replying to a comment.
Don’t worry about trying to understand all of this. I’m really writing this post as a way of bookmarking my progress.
I’ve been working in my free time trying to diagnose the problem.
I think I may have found the problem. It may have been the WP-Cron. What the heck is that? It’s something that comes stock with every WordPress install. It’s one of the thousands of files that make a site run.
“WP-cron is a virtual cron that only works when the page is loaded. WP-cron is first loaded by WordPress when a page is requested on the front or backend of a site at which point WP-cron displays the necessary page to the site visitor. Though convenient, it is known to fail for a variety of reasons.“
So, if you are still following along, I disabled the WP-Cron and in it’s place I am running a linux version right on my server. A Linux cron can assist with reducing the chances of downtime by lowering the bandwidth on the server, thus using less server resources – which I think was the issue I was running up against.
So here we go… Let’s see if we can break this site! 😉