I run an IPB 2.3.x board and lately my forum has been slowing down to crawl. I don’t think it’s a server problem because the dreamhoststatus site doesn’t say anything about my server at all. It has been receiving a bit more traffic than usual but it’s no where near the size of bigger boards, the board only has about 20,000 posts so it’s not big. If it’s a problem because of the ‘high traffic’ I’m getting to my site, then I’m a bit disappointed with Dreamhost… any other culprits to the slow crawling of my site?
Do you allow the upload of images, avatars, rich media, etc.? URL?
Only avatars and images. But that doesn’t take up a lot of space.
And I noticed it only slows down at peak hours… so I think that might be the culprit.
But they do take up a lot of bandwidth, and also use CPU resources. Uploading images is fairly memory-intensive, and images of any kind usually necessitate making lots of extra HTTP connections (local or remotely-sourced). Speed problems are almost always related to bandwidth.