Hello gang, it's been a long time since I've been on WHT, and now I need some help
I'm a moderator for a fairly active forum. About six weeks ago my friend moved to DreamHost to take advantage of their mega-bandwidth sales. Unfortunately, her account was disabled due to "resource overage".
We are assuming that we're probably using a lot of sql resources, and right now we are considering VPS providers. However, we're just webmasters and we don't know anything outside of shared hosting. The numbers I'm posting below? All Greek to us.
We're a fan-run customer forum for a perfumer. The perfumer's catalogue over 350 oil blends (and growing) and there are reviews for each product. We also encourage people to search before posting. Plus, the forum members are very chatty.
The forums consume about 33GB/month in bandwidth.
We have never had an issue with our previous host regarding resources. A friend of mine may think it's a coding issue. We're using a licensed Invision Board with some hacks installed. Again, we never had any problems for a year now (hacks and upgrades included) but were only with our new host for nearly six weeks.
Is a VPS what we should be looking into? Also, if this is a growing trend, then wouldn't it be all for nothing? We are looking for long-term hosting. A budget of $50/month is ideal but we are willing to pay more if need be.
I remember when I last visited WHT, ServInt was pretty popular (and I see they still are), but we're open to any suggestions regarding our situation
Here is some old stats about the forums (around the end of January 2005):
1123 registered members
A recent log (maybe around mid-February):
Process CPU seconds user machine count average
php.cgi 11595.6800 99.863% 48.315% 45021 0.258
sendmail 9.6600 0.083% 0.040% 1085 0.009
postdrop 6.2700 0.054% 0.026% 1085 0.006
Total: 11611.6100 100.000% 48.382% 47191
Average per day: 11611.6100 1 days
CPU percentage assumes 24000 cpu seconds per day total.
This was part of an email sent to my friend on February 22nd:
Unfortunately it appears that your site is using more than your fair
share of system resources on your hosting machine ugh. Our system has flagged your account ( ladydanger's Account #66824 ) because it is using a large number of cpu-minutes/day on ugh. We need you to trim down your resource consumption considerably. In many cases the cause of high resource consumption is forum software.
Specifically joylandp's cpu minute usage for the last few
days is as follows :
This represents approximately 17.38% of the entire machines capacity.