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Maximizing performance for moderate traffic

  • ngoegan


    I’m migrating from ning and I currently have 700+ members over there. At most, I might get 4-500 people transferring to our new buddypress site. Normally, only around 100 of those people might post one message a month, and maybe 25 are really regularly active. When it’s new though, more people might be active initially.
    I’m concerned that I have no caching on the site and that users may experience slow loading time because of it – I read that WP Super Cache is not ideal and that the alternative is very hard to configure – I’m not a coder. I’m also concerned that the site will have issues with the initial traffic load on the hosting end since I host several sites on one server.
    Can anyone help me understand how I might cache the site properly and if you have a site with moderate traffic, what are you doing for hosting?

    I’m also getting Fatal errors on my dashboard home page under Links, Plugins, and WP Blog that says:

    Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 67108864 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1966080 bytes) in /home/cgoegan/public_html/ on line 2736

    What is causing this?

    I’m using WP 3.5.1
    BP 1.7.1
    bbPress 2.3.2

    the site is at


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  • Ben Hansen


    sounds like maybe you on shared hosting the memory errors indicate that your resources are insufficient.



    Your error message refers to ‘SimplePie’, a plugin ?
    Deactivate that plugin and see if you still get the fatal error.



    I definitely don’t have a “Simple Pie” plugin. I’m not seeing how just having the site there would overload my shared hosting. I have less then ten members active on the site right now. The errors started showing up when I tried to add RSS feeds from a few blogs to the site. Maybe that has something to do with it? I’ve removed them since and the error has remained.

    With the ning, I paid $25/month and they host the site. Is this buddypress site so bulky that I would have to pay more than that for dedicated hosting just for ten members? What happens when I have 500?

    Ben Hansen


    the number of members doesn’t really matter it’s the number of concurrent users that’s the issue. ning is a service so its hard to compare that to running something like wordpress or buddypress on your own server. There is a lot of functionality under the hood with buddypress if you want to run it and have a popular site you won’t find and commercially available shared hosting that will handle the traffic. 64 mbytes just isn’t enough memory to run buddypress reliably in my experience, especially when you start piling other plugins on top of it.

    That being said you can buy a vps for probably about the same as that ning monthly fee. which should be able to scale you up to higher traffic levels.

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