My client's site has a number of large (300 - 500 KB) images on the home page. Lately, they've been increasing the size and number of these. At the same time, they are starting to see the 'Error Establishing a Database Connection' message when there is higher traffic to the site.

I've looked at a number of the reasons that can cause the database error, but none that say that a high load, by way of many large images, is a culprit.

Is this possible, or should I dig deeper for the reason?

(Of course, we're deactivating plugins to see if they are a factor). (And, of course, I've preached to them, constantly, to optimize these images!)

Thank you.

  • I am very sure it's the hosting issue.. is it shared hosting ?? Aug 30, 2016 at 16:19

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No - the size of the images has absolutely nothing to do with the "Error Establishing a Database Connection" message.

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