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  • vBulletin System Requirements

    Minimum Requirements

    vBulletin is a web-based application and as such has a few minimum requirements. To run vBulletin 5.1.0 or higher, you need a web hosting provider that includes the following things:
    • Web Server - Apache 2, IIS 7.5+, or NGINX
    • PHP version 5.5.0 or greater
    • MySQL version 5.1.5 or greater
    • A pre-registered domain name
    • 1 Gigabyte of hard drive space
    • Rewrite Engine – A rewrite engine is needed for vBulletin’s Friendly URL routing to work. Popular rewrite engines include mod_rewrite on Apache and “URL Rewrite” for IIS 7 or greater.

    Most hosting providers have already installed these applications on their servers. With the above requirements meant, the vBulletin software will run on any operating system using any modern web server software.

    Recommended Requirements

    The following settings and software packages are not required but will make your vBulletin experience more enjoyable. Your hosting provider can tell you whether these are available on your server.
    • PHP 7.X
    • MySQL 5.6 or greater.
    • cURL or OpenSSL support – Allows secure connections to third-party services like Facebook Connect.
    • MySQLi support: – MySQLi is a more robust software library to connect to the database that vBulletin uses.
    • Iconv support :– A library that provides extra language and character set support.
    • OpCode Cache: – An OpCode Cache like APC or XCache will enhance the performance of your vBulletin software. An OpCode Cache is a caching mechanism that can significantly increase the performance of vBulletin by pre-parsing the PHP files and keeping commonly used data in memory for rapid retrieval.

    Once you have a web hosting package meeting the minimum requirements, you are ready to proceed with vBulletin. For help in finding an appropriate web hosting company, please view our Hosting Options forum.

    Note: Please note that modern websites are driven heavily by media which takes space. The more hard drive space you can get with your hosting package the better for the growth of your community.
    Last edited by Wayne Luke; Thu 19th Jan '17, 12:41pm.

    • Teascu Dorin
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      Teascu Dorin commented
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      If I have all recommended requirements why could I have trouble in upgrading vB5 on each version? It stuck on Template Group... I need to reload and it starts from there. If I do a fresh install is working normally.
      I use Godaddy Hosting.

      On another hand the vbulletin_style.xml and vbulletin_language.xml files that are bigger (then other files) 1 and 2 MB approximately cannot be uploaded via FileZilla only by the hosting's File Manager. What could be the setting that fix that?

    • Wayne Luke
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      Wayne Luke commented
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      GoDaddy is not a recommended hosting provider. They will lock you out after so many requests, even if you're the site owner. For further support, please open a thread in appropriate support forum.

    • alexchar
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      alexchar commented
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      Can a server with FreeBSD, lighttpd, PHP 5.4.32 run vBulletin 5.1.4 properly? If yes, what rewrites should be done on lighttpd? Sorry for my English!
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