Charlie The Tramp Returns, on 06 December 2011 - 09:53 PM, said:
The problem is the Site and Forum is becoming so popular that upgrading it has become a regular thing. In the early days Webmaster was continually upgrading with loss of access on a regular basis as the site was moving faster than he could cope. Hence Fubra taking over with their high tech knowledge and it shows even they have to keep on the ball with greater speed.
Agreed on this and what DT Mark says. I'm just happy to have the site, and put up with its minor hiccups.
I've worked with a few of forum owners, who struggle to scale the server resources with the growth of their forums. Also the advertising money which pays for the servers can lag the growth too. If you could throw infinite money at the problem, but obviously HPC has to work to a budget like anything else.
You also have to combat spam, which on forums like this tends to be profile link blasts from spammers using xrumer etc.. (**cough**)
And a significant amount of resources can be used, coping with the scraping that goes, on not just spammers looking for "footprints" to spam, but scraping any blog/forum for usuable content.
Same with Wordpress hosted sites.. Found my home server continually blasted with agressive Russian (Yandex) and Chinese (Baidu) bots/spiders, which ignore .htaccess rules. Once you firewall off their huge IP ranges, the server load drops dramatically! Though with Wordpress you can statically cache the files, that wouldn't work with forum posting though.
Hosting in the days when you could offer a 10MB package for £50 or even £100 a year, and the hosted sites were mainly static html was money for old rope. Now with dynamic sites, even a quiet or abandoned forum or blog can be a significant resource hog.
This post has been edited by "Steed": 21 December 2011 - 09:05 AM