Fatal error on install: Uncaught exception 'Zend_Db_Adapter_Mysqli_Exception'

My intention is to test Omeka for a potential archive system but the "5 minute" install is proving to be anything but.

The install URL is htt://www.soundinglight.com/archives/ but at the moment it seems to almost time out before receiving a long winded error message on a white background. Any help would be much appreciated.

The hidden .htaccess file is on the server, mysqli extension is installed and we are hosted on an eBoundhost VPS account running Apache 2.0.63, PHP 5.2.11 and MySql 5.0.85.

The full error message is:
Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Zend_Db_Adapter_Mysqli_Exception' with message 'Can't connect to MySQL server on 'mysql.soundinglight.com' (110)' in /home/sounding/public_html/archives/application/libraries/Zend/Db/Adapter/Mysqli.php:333 Stack trace: #0 /home/sounding/public_html/archives/application/libraries/Zend/Db/Adapter/Abstract.php(448): Zend_Db_Adapter_Mysqli->_connect() #1 /home/sounding/public_html/archives/application/libraries/Zend/Db/Adapter/Abstract.php(706): Zend_Db_Adapter_Abstract->query('SHOW TABLES LIK...', Array) #2 [internal function]: Zend_Db_Adapter_Abstract->fetchAll('SHOW TABLES LIK...') #3 /home/sounding/public_html/archives/application/libraries/Omeka/Db.php(70): call_user_func_array(Array, Array) #4 [internal function]: Omeka_Db->__call('fetchAll', Array) #5 /home/sounding/public_html/archives/install/models/Installer.php(313): Omeka_Db->fetchAll('SHOW TABLES LIK...') #6 /home/sounding/public_html/archives/install/controllers/IndexController.php(40): Installer::isInstalled(Object(Omeka_Db)) #7 in /home/sounding/public_html/archives/application/libraries/Zend/Db/Adapter/Mysqli.php on line 333

Do you have the mysqli extension for php installed? The error message indicates that there's a problem relating to it on your server.

If you're unsure, try creating a file called phpinfo.php on your server, with the following code: <?php phpinfo(); ?>

View the resulting page, and scroll down to see if there's a heading that says "mysqli". Let me know if you see it or not.

The Mysqli extension for PHP is required to use Omeka, as mentioned on the Preparing to Install page of the site. It's commonly precompiled with PHP, however if your server is running a different build of PHP, you may have to install it to properly use the Omeka software.