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system requirements for large forum

edited October 2006 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
I'm going to be building a forum that could wind up being very large... at least hundreds of active users, but it could number in the thousands. How does Vanilla handle that kind of overhead? Am I going to need a dedicated server if we hit membership in the thousands? What if it's only in the hundreds, but they're very active? Also, there's a possibility that I will need to install this on a Windows server. Assuming that PHP and MySQL are there, will this be okay, or are there some drawbacks or issues?

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    Other than the fact that Windows sucks, I think you're in the clear.
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    which brings me to the question, Does Vanilla have caching mechanism. If it does then ur load to the server will be minimized.
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    MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    No caching yet. This forum has about 3500 users and is very active. I ran it on a shared server for a long, long time without too much hassle. There was, of course, the regular problems you get from being on a shared server - but nothing that could be helped by Vanilla.
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    Only thing you can cache are categories and comments. The discussion list changes every second :)
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    Are there informed - heck, uninformed - guesses as to how many active users (with this forum as the 'case') could be supported without a need for caching based on current performance and assuming a reasonably tuned server?
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    thanks for the tips, Mark
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