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Hostnet.nl MainWP Issues

Been having Hostnet.nl MainWP Issues lately. The MainWP Dashboard cannot connect to the child theme. Never been happy with hostnet really as they throttle RAM all the time. This causes issues doing BackupBuddy backups and even issues with Wordfence.

MainWP – Hostnet Connection Severed

But now for two months I have not been able to connect the dashboard to the child theme. I tried:

  • deactivating and activating the MainWP Child theme,
  • reconnecting multiple times, no joy

HTTP Error

I keep on getting

ERROR: HTTP error - Connection timed out after 10001 milliseconds

errors. Funnily the error nor access logs in the hostnet.nl control panel showed me little:

[Wed Feb 21 03:50:08 2018] [error] [client 216.244.66.250] cgid daemon is gone; is Apache terminating?: /usr/bin/php-cgi
[Wed Feb 21 05:20:37 2018] [error] [client 193.106.30.99] ap_pass_brigade failed with error 103: Software caused connection abort

The app_pass_bridge can be fixed by raising the PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS limit or limiting the FcgidMaxRequestsPerProcess to 500 – SO url. And frankly I am not sure if that is related to MainWP knocking on the server’s door.

SSL Errors

Then we checked the SSL error logs and found:

[Wed Feb 21 17:33:15 2018] [error] [client 141.135.85.55] ap_pass_brigade failed with error 103: Software caused connection abort, referer: https://domain.nl/en/author/author/
[Wed Feb 21 17:33:17 2018] [error] [client 141.135.85.55] ap_pass_brigade failed with error 103: Software caused connection abort, referer: https://domain.nl/en/author/domain/
[Wed Feb 21 17:33:18 2018] [error] [client 141.135.85.55] ap_pass_brigade failed with error 103: Software caused connection abort, referer: https://domain.nl/en/author/author/
[Wed Feb 21 17:33:19 2018] [error] [client 141.135.85.55] ap_pass_brigade failed with error 103: Software caused connection abort, referer: https://domain.nl/en/author/author/
[Wed Feb 21 18:28:13 2018] [error] [client 85.144.168.68] Premature end of script headers: php-cgi, referer: https://domain.nl/kamers/
[Wed Feb 21 19:08:42 2018] [error] [client 207.46.13.176] cgid daemon is gone; is Apache terminating?: /usr/bin/php-cgi
[Wed Feb 21 22:41:30 2018] [error] [client 81.206.1.201] cgid daemon is gone; is Apache terminating?: /usr/bin/php-cgi
[Thu Feb 22 01:07:16 2018] [error] [client 84.107.148.60] ap_pass_brigade failed with error 103: Software caused connection abort, referer: https://domain.nl/wp-content/themes/cosily-child/style.css?ver=a35f4bf8ee43d6c4ef1d7ba1ab5faaa4

More errors there, but nothing again on the immediate connectivity issues, but a strong indicator on server errors as ap_pass_brigade errors popup a lot.

PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS or RAM

What I mainly read upon it is that it is either an issue I can solve by raising RAM or by increasing PHP FCGI MAX REQUESTS. I opened a ticket with Hostnet.nl on it.

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Jasper Frumau

Jasper has been working with web frameworks and applications such as Laravel, Magento and his favorite CMS WordPress including Roots Trellis and Sage for more than a decade. He helps customers with web design and online marketing. Services provided are web design, ecommerce, SEO, content marketing. When Jasper is not coding, marketing a website, reading about the web or dreaming the internet of things he plays with his son, travels or run a few blocks.

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