I moved a phpbb forum from a dedicated machine at another provider to Dreamhost because the forum was loading the box a bit too much.
Within about 10 minutes of users starting to be redirected here, the machine (a crazy-domain-insane plan) ground to a halt with a load average over 50, and a few minutes after that stopped responding to ping.
I then undid the redirection so my users would be back on my old box, and set up the forums on a test domain here. I had six people click around on the forum, and the load average climbed to 1.
I see all sorts of people having success running phpbb forums here - what could I be doing wrong? Are the servers here just not made to handle even small loads like 6 to 20 or 30 simultaneous phpbb users?
I'd really like to get this working on dreamhost rather than having to go back to running it on my other box, but if it crashes the machine after a few minutes of use, I can't really do that....