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Building Forums with vBulletin by Kathy Kingsley-Hughes, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

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Maintaining the Database

Without the data, your community is gone. Not only will you lose all the forums that have been set up (along with any customizations and changes you made), but you will also lose all the people. By this, I mean you will lose all the members—lose the database and their accounts. Usernames, passwords, everything will be lost.

Running a forum without taking care of the database is asking for trouble. Not only might you run into problems and difficulties when you make a change to the forum (such as adding new features or upgrading vBulletin), but also your data is vulnerable to damage if the server hosting your community encounters problems. Small database problems can quickly grow into major issues, and the best defense against ...

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