Website growing pains. Dedicated server or just larger bandwidth host?
My current host US WARE, is sending me nastygrams that we're busting our bandwidth limit on JHP. Here's the info.
Your traffic in June was 32913514083bytes = 30.65GB.
Your site takes 326MB, and the rest is log files. Towards to end of month your log files take up to 1GB - just for your information.
Regarding the traffic... a deep analysis would be needed to tell what exactly causes the traffic, but we can tell this for sure: over 70% of hits in the log file shows ikonboard. The cpu resources usage that we mentioned is also made by the ikonboard.
end US WARE info.
I've looked at a host that will give me more bandwidth but should I consider a dedicated server now?
The Gold Pro package at webresellers would help ease the pain for a year or two.
Getting a more efficient board than ikonboard is a good place to start. Once you do that, you'll probably be able to survive in a virtual hosted environment.
About the dedicateds, Rackshack has it's horror stories, but since it's the biggest dedicated server provider on the face of the earth, they are bound to have more complaints than others. If you know what you are doing with a dedicated machine, go for it...
never had problems (since last year), so they are not a nightmare, thus they have more than 6.000 servers so i guess if one out of 100 isnt satisfied than we have 60 ppl slaming rackshack here but also 5940 other customers that are satisfied, but on the other hand they offer unmanaged servers, but do have very good and user-friendly forum where you can find all you need, so it's up to you
But don't forget that one powerful server for a very highly visited web forum will be also not sufficient... this is why WHT is hosted on two powerful servers...
WHT has a mirror on a server but a correctly configured server which has mysql opened a little can handle what WHT does. Our forum is hosted on a server along with hundreds (700) domains including Hostnexus and it never crashes. Thee is always someone on the forum and has 20 people online at one time regularly.
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I would recommend you switch to PhpBB also. But even with that switch I don't think you or your host is going to like the performance of the site on a shared server for very much longer so you might want to start looking at alternatives now.
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