For some reason, our bandwidth usage has doubled.
We were using 2500-2800 megs per day pretty consistently for months now.
Suddenly earlier this month that number jumped to around 5000 megs per day.
I am not sure if there is some kind of problem I should be looking for, or if we are just victims of our own success. So, I thought I would ask those that have a bit more experience at this kind of stuff.
We don't have any attachments, and members cannot upload files.
Here are the numbers for this year.
......visitors | visits . | , Pages . | . . Hits . . | Bandwidth
Jan | 19,841 | 76,676 | 1,624,562 | 6,723,381 | 79.47 GB
Feb | 18,747 | 72,552 | 1,404,883 | 6,065,731 | 70.18 GB
Mar | 20,207 | 77,478 | 1,460,243 | 6,054,652 | 70.49 GB
Apr | 15,731 | 59,610 | 2,084,166 | 8,045,230 | 95.42 GB
Here is the breakdown on what is using the bandwidth
jpg | 27.20 GB | 28.5 %
gif. | 02.51 GB | 02.6 %
php | 59.41 GB | 62.2 %
htm | 04.28 GB | 04.4 %
Even though this month isn't over yet, so the unique visitors and number of visits are lower than previous months, the number of pages and hits are a lot higher than previous months. Which is driving up the bandwidth.
I'm pretty sure that most of the JPG bandwidth is from the static HTM pages where we have a photo gallery that the members use for reference. Usage is up a couple gigs from normal average, but not a huge jump.
It isn't from BOT traffic either. As all those are reading low. as always. About 1.5 gigs total for all spiders.
Does this look like a normal growth spurt where member are just reading more posts, and posting more comments?
Would gzip help. Or with our traffic, would that put too big a strain on other resources?