I was torn between posting this here or in the support forum, but ultimately I decided that I was looking for advice rather than product support. If I was wrong, moderators please move the message.
I run a hobby website
, on which my phpBB forums are an intrinsic function. I too was hacked when running 2.0.9 and my ISP moved me to a new server (and I upgraded to 2.0.11). That new server had improved reporting functions which shows me using about 250MB of bandwidth per day. The problem is that I am paying for 500MB per month, so my usage is way out of line. As of today, I have used 5GB of bandwidth in the latest three weeks.
I need to reduce my usage. As a hobby site that I pay for out of my own pocket, I simply cannot support that bandwidth usage. This is a very serious problem that will dramatically effect my site, and perhaps force its closure.
What can I do to realistically reduce bandwidth usage?
As I looked at the largest served pages (nearly 90KB), I noted that the subSilver template embeds the CSS styles in the header. I have removed that and moved it into the CSS file, saving 8KB or so on the 2nd+ pages.
I reduced the number of posts and topics per page from 50 to 10. My theory is that people are sampling some of the forums, and when they see that it isn't what they are looking for, they will not read the next pages of topics. Or perhaps they will use the search function instead.
I have asked my hosting company to give me a fresh copy of the traffic log so I can see if these changes are having any impact. Maybe they are, but will it be dramatic?
I know I have alternatives to closure (e.g., I see a link for "phpBBHosting at $7.95" on the bottom of this page), but I am very happy with my hosting company and would like to stay put if possible.
So... what can I do to reduce my bandwidth? Is there a much thinner template than subSilver?
I know some will ask, so here is my site: http://www.bunkonet.com
You can look it over and make suggestions, but be gentle.
It is a hobby site, and popular for what it is.