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Potential "big board" move from vB

#1
Hi there, I own a large forum site (the largest in our industry at least). We have a 21gb database with 1.2 million threads and 15 million posts. We're pushing around 11 million page views monthly and operate off separate web and db vms.

We are currently running a largely stock vBulletin 4.x with Sphinx search and relatively few plugins and products. I have a few questions and concerns prior to purchasing about the viability of switching our site over.

Are there server intensive features that are recommended to be disabled for large boards?

  • Import of a large board - I see there are multiple options including third party paid offerings and ssh import instead of the browser. How long can I reasonably expect an import to take?
  • Paid memberships: We use a paid subscription model with access to premium content and for sale forums. Currently we use authorize.net and paypal, I see native paypal support within the control panel for user upgrades, is there an authorize.net option?
 

Jeremy

Well-known member
#2
The default importer is only available via the web interface.

Recurring paid memberships will not transfer. As for Authorize.net, you'll need an add-on to accomplish that.
 

kontrabass

Well-known member
#3
Hi there, I own a large forum site (the largest in our industry at least). We have a 21gb database with 1.2 million threads and 15 million posts. We're pushing around 11 million page views monthly and operate off separate web and db vms.

We are currently running a largely stock vBulletin 4.x with Sphinx search and relatively few plugins and products. I have a few questions and concerns prior to purchasing about the viability of switching our site over.

Are there server intensive features that are recommended to be disabled for large boards?

  • Import of a large board - I see there are multiple options including third party paid offerings and ssh import instead of the browser. How long can I reasonably expect an import to take?
  • Paid memberships: We use a paid subscription model with access to premium content and for sale forums. Currently we use authorize.net and paypal, I see native paypal support within the control panel for user upgrades, is there an authorize.net option?
We had nearly identical stats when we made the switch. We used https://xenforo.com/community/resources/vbulletin-big-board-importer-vbulletin-3-vbulletin-4.1981/

[bd] paygates has authorize.net functionality I believe.

Be sure and do several test imports before the real thing. That'll give you an exact idea of the time needed. It's been 2 years but I think it took maybe 2-3 hours for 15M posts with the above importer. It's a must. The default importer will leave you down for days, IIRC.

I haven't found any core xenforo features that needed to be disabled - in fact I think you'll find it less server intensive than VB.

Good luck! You won't regret the switch :)
 

rv65

Active member
#5
Also, Xenforo has Sphinx search as well from Digitalpoint if you like that, though Elastic search is good as well.