Besides that, it is generally slow, but not too bad. I can live with it, for now. I have even had the same error message several times. After clicking on the "checkout" button, the page tries to load for a while and then this error message appears:
2006 - MySQL server has gone away select languages_id, name, code, image, directory from languages order by sort_order [TEP STOP] 2006 - MySQL server has gone away select count(*) as total from sessions where sesskey = "(session key here) [TEP STOP]
This error message isn't appearing right now, but everything is still moving very slow (especially from clicking on the "checkout" button and beyond). What do you think is causing this? I have talked many times to my host and they have "fixed" this several times, but it has only been a temporary "fix" each time. They have done this 3 times now, and the same error message from above eventually comes back.
Now my host is saying that they can't help me anymore until I upgrade to the newest version of oscommerce. While I am open to upgrading eventually (and I will), I'm not convinced that is the problem in this situation. Here is the information about the server:
HTTP Server: Apache
Database: MySQL 5.1.56
PHP Version: 5.2.17 (Zend: 2.2.0)
A couple more things that might be helpful, in helping me:
1) I recently installed a new SSL certificate (a couple of days ago)
2) The session id's have recently started showing in the url again after not showing for a long time. I installed an add-on a while back to ensure they don't show, although I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head.
3) My host said that they have done some recent updates to their server (right around the time when my problems started)
So...what say you? Thanks for any help you can give!