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I have vBulletin ($160) for the full-license.

 

I am looking at phpBB for my next board but I have heard that, based upon the way the software is coded, the board performance slows down significantly at about 85mb of storage. I think the mysql database fills considerably faster than vBulletin...but phpBB is free.

 

What are your experience with phpBB? How big is your messsage board?

 

thanks!

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I have used phpBB based web boards with databases quite larger than 85 MB and I haven't noticed any slowdown - come to think of it, I didn't see those boards before they got that full, so I really don't have any means of comparison.

 

The greatest limitation I have found in phpBB is the fact that it's not built in a modular way, a way that allows you to add plugins without having to mess the core files. This is a real pain, because if you want to install a hack/mod, you'll probably have to reinstall it every time you upgrade phpBB, since those hacks/mods will be overwritten.

 

Other than that, I'd say phpBB is becoming a bit old (compare it's features with Invision Power Board's, for instance). What saves phpBB is the HUGE community it has and the hundreds of mods/hacks that add really usefull and neat features to it. I would like to see phpBB 2.2 finally come to life but it's taking really long... :P

 

 

 

Moving for organization.

Edited by TCH-Raul

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I have a somewhat large phpBB forum script at http://www.poetrypages.com/phpBB2/

 

Not quite 85mb.. sitting at about 73 right now. It seems to run at a decent speed for me, but I am on DSL so hard to say for sure. No complaints about it being slow from members though.

 

For me the best.. and worst thing abouyt phpBB is the hacks/mods.

 

On the good end it allows me to do exactly what i want my board to and no more by having a basic script with the ability to add on mods to add to its funtionality. I don't get a board full of clutter functions that i don't want but I can add the funtionality I need.

 

On the bad end installing these mods can be a pain unless you know what you are doing. I can install them pretty fast now since I am so familiar with doing them. Having to upgrade though when you have a bunch of mods added to your board is a pain. If the upgrade overwrites a file that had been changed for a mod you will need to reapply the mod.

 

I switched from using UBB to phpBB mainly because of the price (free!). I use it on many sites byt poetrypages.com is my largest one.

 

No experience with Invision but I may check them out to see what the difference is although I doubt I would switch any of my current forums over, but may consider them for future ones if i like what I see.

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I have a somewhat large phpBB forum script at http://www.poetrypages.com/phpBB2/

 

Not quite 85mb.. sitting at about 73 right now. It seems to run at a decent speed for me, but I am on DSL so hard to say for sure. No complaints about it being slow from members though.

Hi Berlie, how much bandwidth do you use per month?

 

thanks.

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Last month it was about 12gigs.

 

* there is more to the site then just the forums so couldn't say how much they were using.

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Mine is out of random "slow" on most ocassions...

 

MY CPanel often takes forever to load(also out of nowhere) ... <_<

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