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I am porting a site to umbraco that has well over 600,000 members and I am debating whether or not to keep this member data in custom tables or to migrate into umbracos member system. I could see this being close to 1M members in the next few years. Is the Umbraco member admin UI built to scale this much (assuming there is enough database horsepower to back it up)?
I would keep it in your custom tables. This means less work for you, and you already know your custom tables support this much data. Umbraco supports any Membership provider, not just the built in Membership provider so if you are using the SqlMembershipProvider, Umbraco will recognize that. If you don't have a membership provider linked to your existing members then it's pretty easy to create one and plug it in.
Umbraco splits data across many tables and isn't really optimized for reading performance which is why there is alot of data caching in Umbraco. having that amount of members and if you are querying member data quite a bit could slow your SQL db down a bit (it will be making quite a lot of queries). So yeah, I'd stick to your custom tables.
Thanks for the replies, guys.
On front end, we plan to memcache member data on login, so unless the member edits their profile we shouldn't have too many reads going on. It's the admin that I am potentially concerned about. My main reason for wanting to go with the umbraco solution is that it would save us from having to build an admin console (currently we don't really ahve an effective one) - but I don't want to waste my time if the member admin doesn't scale well.
Yeah, I would stay on the safe side with your custom table especially if you ever wanted to run reports against your member data or export it, that would consume a huge amount of SQL using the Umbraco data store in comparison to a single query.
I'm wondering if for 'large' membership numbers you'd still recommend using custom tables?
I have a site that could conceivably have ~50,000 members – is there a ball park threshold you would recommend using custom tables?
Wow that's a blast from the past!
Umbraco's membership can handle tons of data these days, just make sure you are running on latest version.
you'll have no issues with 50k members
Perfect, the answer I was hoping for! Thanks Shannon :-)
Checking in here for 2020, any concerns with 1M+ account holders scalable to 3-5M?
well not sure if the umbraco implementation of members would be able to do that... since the whole data structure (since you can add custom properties and all) might be difficult to efficiently query... (a core member like shannon might be able to provide more data).
However under the hook it's just standard .net membership stuff... so you could swap it out for something that can handle it
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