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    Default Multiple instances or categories - what's better for performance?

    I've bought a few days ago vBadvanced Dynamics (branding free, multiple instances) a bit pricey but very nice script. I totally like it.

    I have one dilemma, I hesitate which way should I go. Let me draw the situation.
    I need to create 20-30 categories and for each one many searchable custom fields. And I see two ways I can do it and both seem to have their advantages and disadvantages.

    One is creating multiple categories and only one instance would be installed for my purpose. I would have to customize search templates and do some code customization for each category.

    The second way would be installing multiple instances, each instance for one category, I would need implement less customization as script by default will be in most matters enough customized by itself.

    And here is what I wonder, what is better for overall performance and server load?

    Creating multiple categories only (but then for example many database queries, search queries are done across the whole thing).

    or

    Creating 20-30 instances each for one category (queries are done only for the one instance/category data but there will be 20-30 x more files so for example 1500 files instead of only 50 and many more database tables too)

    What will affect more performance? I would be grateful for some input.

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    I wouldn't think it would make much of a difference with performance and server load either way. It seems like 20-30 instances could be a bit much to manage though, so I'd probably go with a single instance.
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