WordPress help requested

As regular visitors will know, this blog occasionally goes off line due to problems connecting to the WordPress database that stores the posts. I have contacted my hosting provider and they say that this is due to an excessive number of database connections that are opened but then not closed again, but are unable to provide any help beyond that.

As I do not want to mess with any of the WordPress code (for two reasons: 1 – changing the code could introduce security problems and 2 – I don’t know enough about either WordPress or PHP to mess with their code) I was wondering if any readers have experience with running WordPress blogs and know of any ways to prevent excessive database access. I have just installed the “W3 Total Cache” plugin which may help, but if anyone has any other suggestions I’d be very grateful.

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