It blew out the memory. I’ve limited the simultaneous sessions to prevent that until I get more RAM. Bandwidth usage for this month is indicating this would be a wise precaution to speed page delivery, even without the site updates.
I’ve done a few tweaks to the front page of the site to speed finding the current state of play and balance out the blogroll. Because of the volume of posts and comments, I’ve increased the size of the latest of both. This means you will be able to see who is talking across posts more easily.
The access to the older posts are now inside ‘Archives’ at the top menu.
There are a number of features that I’ll be turning on over the next week or so as things settle down. But none of those should structurally change the site. The back-end changes are quite effective.
Let me know of the gripes and suggestions either as comments in this post or e-mail (but avoid the political sniping). I will do what is feasible, while keeping a close eye on that bandwidth and memory. Hopefully this is the last of the upgrade issues apart from the disappearing IE comments box that I still have to fix.