vBulletin Performance Optimization

I have been dealing with vBulletin for almost a year now. I manage a vBulletin installation for my friend at Fashionese Daily forum. Anyway, Fashionese Daily forum have used other forum/discusion engines like punBB and MyBB. It’s now using vBulletin 3.7.3 Patch Level 1.
It’s a pretty busy-traffic forum anyway. In average, there are 1,000 new posts everyday. According to forum stats, there are 500 – 600 online users during the prime ours (registered and guests). From the very beginning, I try to maintain its performance so that the forum is available.
Based on many articles about vBulletin optimization, here are what I did:

PunBB 1.3 Beta Preview

For all PunBB fans, PunBB 1.3 beta is already available. Few days ago, I download the beta release, did a fresh install, and I believe that the coming 1.3 will be MUCH better. Currently, the latest stable release is PunBB 1.2.17 (released on February 19th, 2008). Here is a screenshot:
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So, what’s new? Here are some of them:

PunBB 1.2.14

My favorite forum script (PunBB) released its latest version last week (PunBB 1.2.14). Yes, I use it for my Orangescale Forum,
When I upgraded to the latest version (not only to the latest version), I always checked the latest changes files. Why? Because I made many modifications on the core files. So, as long as the latest files in the distribution do not affect my modifications, I just simply upload the changed files only. And of course, I can just apply the patch.
Upgrading to the latest release was extremely easy.

  • Download the files you need.
  • You can choose whether you want to download the full package, patch or changed files only. I chose the latest option.
  • Backup the database. You can use DB Management plugin for PunBB. Nice plugin!
  • If you made changes in you PunBB core files, make a backup. If you are not sure which files you modified, it is time to make that kind of notes. :)
  • Extract the compressed file you downloaded. Upload all files under upload directory to your PunBB installation folder.
  • Upload the xx_to_xxxx_update.php in extras folder. This file should reside in your main PunBB folder.
  • Run the upgrade script. Open your browser, point to xx_to_xxxx_update.php. Even you have uploaded the latest files, you need to do this step too.
  • Remove the upgrade script from you webhosting server.
  • Voila!

For me, PunBB is a great forum software. Now, if you use PunBB, have you upgraded to the latest version? Note: All plugins work without problems after the upgrade.