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Yes, we’ve personally tested a directory where we imported 40,000 listings and it worked fine. With that said, the largest obstacle to a massive data import for people seems to be 1) their hosting server not being “big” enough and 2) their database being too constrained (hosting restricts queries per hour, number of concurrent queries, etc)
My recommendation to anyone doing a “big” import is this:
1) Don’t use shared hosting. It just won’t work
2) Use a server that is “reasonably” sized
3) Make sure that your database isn’t constrained by contacting your host about the restrictions above. Even when you have a “big” server, you often get a shared database and this causes frustrations because it looks like the directory isn’t working when the database keeps falling over instead.
This article is worth a read as well: https://businessdirectoryplugin.com/support-forum/faq/what-kind-of-hosting-should-i-use-for-wordpress-and-why-is-shared-hosting-a-problem/
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