One Word. YES.
Originally Posted by walker
Gallery is notorious for sucking up all the cpu resources it can get, and then some. It has to do with the auto-generation of thumbnails from the photos that are uploaded.
The real issue is that by default it auto-generates all the thumbnails while it is uploading them. This means that while the software normally behaves, it slams the server during the upload (shared hosting or not).
Workaround: change the settings to auto-generate the thumbnails when they are first viewed. This will spread out the cpu intensive stuff and not pummel the server, nor get you cpu exceeded restrictions. If you really want your audience to not have to wait on the very first viewing of any given photo, then after uploading you can go look at them yourself. This has the added bonus of allowing you to see how it looks and correct mistakes.
Or you can slam the server and wait for the restriction to pass. Personally, I would prefer the former option.
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