BuddyPress on hosted shared server
Sorry if this is kind of a newbie/generic question, but here goes.
I am building to WordPress site to replace my existing group site on Meetup.com, which has around 500-1000 active members. Members RSVP to events (5-10 per week), post photos and comments, email each other through the site, and use a message board. Some events require online payment, and we use Meetup’s WePay for that. The main plugins I plan to use to reproduce these features are BuddyPress, Events Manager Pro (with Paypal Gateway), bbPress, rtMedia, MailChimp, possibly NinjaForms, and a few others. I am developing this under GoDaddy’s shared hosting (planning to switch to SiteGround or something similar). I have read that BuddyPress in particular can be a challenge for shared servers, so I am concerned that performance will be an issue when we go live.
1. Any thoughts on the use of WordPress/BuddyPress with shared server host? Any recommendations on shared server or managed server providers? What price point should I looking at?
2. With the number of photos members would be uploading/sharing, I am afraid we will quickly exceed the basic plan’s 10GB limit. Any recommendations for a storage CDN? Or would a cacheing plugin be sufficient?
3. Any other plugins/extensions I should consider to increase performance?
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