YABB is also a flat forum I think. I got a warning about it from VO a while back for some of my virtualy hosted clients - moved them to the VO dedicated- but still a bandwidth hogs. Some turned to phpBB and no more problems.
Originally posted by web docta Thanks for the reply, I'm new to forums, can you explain why Perl is unacceptable by most hosts?
Perl when used as cgi (and like any other interpreted CGI) has to litterally be read, processed and almost compiled every time a user requests it. The more interpreted cgi scripts on a server (or the more hits to those scripts), the more load they take.
This is why people use things like mod_php and mod_perl. By including php/perl/etc... as web server modules much more efficient database connections and script caching can tak place avoiding the normal needed to run a script from ground 0 and up for every request.
If you notice your cgi scripts slowling down, make sure you are using an optimized database (such as a well layed out mysql, postgre or oracle db) and install mod_perl, mod_php or whatever other module you need to allow that language to run faster and more efficiently.