|Originally posted by AC:
Possible solutions include an entire new hosting arrangement, completely new software, or both.
Changing software will be the best thing you can do for this board. UBB gets pretty painful as the forum size increases. Consider a PHP/mySQL driven board. You will notice huge speed increases especially during searches. The two major players here are vBulletin
($160) or phpBB
(free). I use phpBB and it's been working great. I'm sure there are conversion scripts for converting from UBB to phpBB. Also, the price is right. vBulletin has a few more features, but will cost you. There's a way to convert to vBulletin. Dave from Time for Tuckerman
just converted his board from UBB to vBull. Perhaps he'll have some first hand insight for what to expect. I have to imagine with a board this size, it's not a small undertaking.
With all that said, new hosting may be required if your current host doesn't offer PHP and myQSL. I've been using Ventures Online
and have been very happy with them. Not the cheapest player in the game, but support is top notch!. Hope this helps...