I set up a subdomain (mysubdomain.dreamhosters.com) and did the one-click install of phpBB for use by me and 3 other friends. After about a week of using the message board, I get this email from firstname.lastname@example.org that says:
“Unfortunately I’ve had to disable your site, .dreamhosters.com, this afternoon because it’s been causing severe instability issues on the server. Your user’s php.cgi scripts have been taking down the machine on a daily basis. I’d recommend taking a look at your access.log file to see where all the php requests are coming from (and what php script they’re requesting) and then see if you can figure out the problem.”
I have no idea what to look for in the access.log file. All I did was the one-click install of phpBB and then did a basic setup. There are a total of 4 users on the message board and we spend maybe an hour or two a day each reading and posting. I replied to the tech support email asking more questions and all I got back was:
“All I can tell you is that the daemon we run to monitor runaway procs killed your php.cgi’s over 7000 times just this morning.”
Like that helps me (roll eyes). I’m a novice at this and don’t even know what php.cgi stands for.
Any help on what to do or ask next?