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Important! RE: Forum Style

Post by Josh_PoloGTi » Fri May 28, 2004 2:30 pm

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Since upgrading the forum to the latest version of the software, installing the new style and adding banner ads, the forum has been using almost double the bandwidth that it previously used. I have checked back on the web server logs and this ties in exactly with the date that the changes were made...

So:

I have put the style back to the standard style for now to see if that makes any difference over the next couple of days.

We have also been getting hit by Microsoft's MSNBot (an automated "robot" that scours the web so that MSN's search engine is kept up to date). This has been creating over 10 sessions at a time and has been looking at EVERY post on the forum, constantly checking it for updates, so I can only assume that this has had some negative effects on server performance and bandwidth usage.

I have blocked the range of IP Addresses that this robot uses, so I'm hoping it will leave us alone from now on!

If none of these measures helps the forum to use less bandwidth I'm going to have to do a lot more digging (and start forking out for additional bandwidth).

It's weird how the bandwidth doubled the day I did the upgrades though, so it's got to be something I did!!

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Post by Josh_PoloGTi » Fri May 28, 2004 2:42 pm

Oh, and I've also disabled the banners to see what effect that makes...

I'm not going to downgrade the forum anyway, so they're the only 2 things I can think of doing.

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Post by dub envy » Fri May 28, 2004 9:18 pm

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Post by KarlM » Sat May 29, 2004 7:57 pm

If bandwith is a problem try switching to www.myqth.com

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Post by Josh_PoloGTi » Wed Jun 02, 2004 11:16 am

OK, by doing the above (and enabling GZIP) I have managed to half the bandwidth used.

I have now re-enabled the banner ads to see what this does to the stats...

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Post by Josh_PoloGTi » Fri Jun 04, 2004 11:08 am

OK, Enabling banner ads has only put the bandwidth up a little bit over 2 days, so I've re-enabled the new forum style and I'll monitor bandwidth usage over a couple of days.

If you "opted out" of this forum style before... You'll have to go back into your settings (profile) and change back to SubSilver.

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