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    Here is some basic information and links that will help you determine if vBulletin is the right solution for you and if it will work on your server.

    Minimum System Requirements
    A webserver with PHP 4.3.3 and MySQL 4.0.16 installed

    Recommended System Requirements
    PHP 4.4.2 or 5.1.2 or later
    MySQL 5.0.19 or later.

    Space required
    With vBulletin there are 2 different types of disk space usage:
    • Web space - For the PHP scripts and images of vBulletin.
    • MySQL database space - Which is separate from Web space, and you need to make sure your host gives you enough space in that department.

    When you use vBulletin, you have to take into account both web space and MySQL database space. vBulletin 3.x consists of:
    • PHP scripts and image files in the zip file you download = 7.0mb in size once zip file is extracted and uploaded to your Web site account.
    • MySQL database space which holds the actual vBulletin data:

    1. On initial install the MySQL database space used is approximately 3.6mb, and that is mainly the database table structure and initial data in the database tables.
    2. Once you start posting, adding threads, members, polls, private messages, attachments, avatars etc, your MySQL database space is the one that grows and should be your main concern - MySQL disk space.

    How much MySQL disk space is used is highly dependent on the type of forum you run, and factors such as:
    • Your average allowed attachment and avatar size
    • How many attachments and avatars you have stored in your vBulletin database
    • How many private messages you have stored in your vBulletin database from members
    • How many posts and threads you have and the size and variables you have set for your searchindex
    • How many members you have
    • How many forums you have
    • And so on and so forth

    vBulletin Demo
    Tryout the vBulletin forum software with a temporary demo (lasting 24 hours). Review features, capabilities and get a look at the control panel as a full administrator.

    Frequently Asked Questions - Presales
    The answers to the most commonly asked questions about purchasing vBulletin.
    A member-helping-member community that helps you to add customizations to vBulletin to fit your community. Please note, these customizations are not supported by Jelsoft staff and you must obtain support at

    Test Your Server
    The vBulletin Server Test Script will tell you if your current webserver is capable of running vBulletin. You can download it by clicking here.

    Running the test script
    This script is designed to run on a webserver. It will not run on your local machine unless you have the minimum requirements above installed on it as well. To run this script connect to your webserver and use an FTP/SCP client to copy the file to your web root directory.

    Once the file is uploaded then load it like a standard web page in your browser, e.g.

    The page should have a blue background and ask for your MySQL information. If you do not know your MySQL Connection information, you can get this from your hosting provider.

    After entering this information and pressing "Run Test", the script will show information from each test and an overall pass/fail grade at the bottom. If you get an overall grade of pass then vBulletin will work on your server.
    can i please have the URLs to the required sites

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    and your prefered host
    oh no, i'm not going with Xenforo... come on, i'm better than that... i stick with Wordpress... rofl


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        how come there both paid forums?


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          ok, be clearer here, because i think you misunderstood something...
          oh no, i'm not going with Xenforo... come on, i'm better than that... i stick with Wordpress... rofl


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            i looked at both of them ones like $1,000 i dont know


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              We cannot advise of hosts.
              Shamil Nunhuck, - Radon Systems Ltd.
              VPS + Dedicated Server Hosting and Management
              vBulletin Hosting and Services
              Server / Website Consultation


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                Originally posted by Spencer P View Post
                i looked at both of them ones like $1,000 i dont know
                What is $1000.00? Getting the PHP download or MySql?

                Or this is what you found as hosting options for the requirements?

                I'll help you figure out what you need to know. I host vB on my two sites no problem.

                My hosting provider is currently running PHP version 5.2.9 MySQL version 5.1.30 So that should suit your needs!

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