Our intrepid website editor, Andy Clough, has been communing with the internet tech team this morning to find out why the site was running so slowly last night and is generally performing below-par.
As I surmised yesterday, it's down to sheer volume of traffic - we're running at double the usual numbers (hello everyone!) and combined with us sharing a server with the equally popular Gramophone site (that archive is pulling in the punters...) the system was crawling to a near-standstill.
We've moved to a new, dedicated server this morning (hence the glitches first thing - apologies for that) and will be adding yet more rack space this afternoon. Apologies in advance if there are any temporary effects due to this machinations - our ops team tell us there may be a slowdown again @2pm but things should ease later as we have lots of extra terabytes to play with....