Re: Buddypress for low bandwith communities
I’m no server expert there probably will be a few along who can assist with the server side maximising for low bandwith. However from a front end point of view I’d strongly advise you consider the following:
1. A minimal theme in the truest sense – the less images the better, the less graphic anything.. backgrounds.. buttons.. icons – the better in this case
2. No plugins / widgets that call external services
3. No extra plugins / widgets that call adverts or images into the theme
4. No slideshows or fancy scripting in the theme you choose
All of this can make for a plainer site but it sure will benefit you if speed is the key. Also you can still have a good looking theme without the bulk.