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    I have been asked to create a website forum which splits down into a separate forum for each company. There are 3000 companies.

    Can vBulletin cope with this many forums?

  • #2
    I should hope so. How many active users, concurrently, will there be online?
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    • #3
      RE 3000 Forums

      Are you sure?

      As phpBB can't cope. See my support ticket:

      There will be around 4000 users. I wouldn't imagine more than 500 would be online at the same time.


      • #4
        I think it can handle it from the backend perspective, but I would worry about how you will efficiently display that many forums.
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        • #5
          I believe 3k forums would cause issues on vbulletin.
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          • #6
            I dont think vbulletin can do this. vbulletin starts having issues around 1000 forums.
            I buy 420 forums


            • #7
              vBulletin can handle it - but you would need a rather optimized, well-tuned database server along with proper web server configuration, ie. I would proxy and cache the daylights out of this site, for example with Varnish Cache.
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              • #8
                You will get in to some trouble with admincp at least. The "forum manager" section of admincp creates problems if forum count goes near 1k.

                One work around for this is to use thread prefixes instead.
                Split 3k forums in 27 categories. 0-9, A-Z. In each forum, create thread prefixes for each forums.

                Use some custom codes to display all thread prefixes as a list. clicking the prefix would display all threads with that prefix. Creating a new thread will autofil that prefix.

                To end user, there will be 3000 forums. In back end, only 27 forums.


                • #9
                  CvP has the right idea, is it possible? Yes, it might be a bit of a nightmare to manage, you're going to possibly force more data into caches and not always rebuild them as often as we do.


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