Why I Moved From vbulletin To PHPbb to XenForo

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  1. chevypowell

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    You might take this article as a Vbulletin Vs PHPbb Or XenForo Vs Vbulletin. By either means, this article will be my journey between the 3 Most Popular PHP Forum Software. I'll like to point out that all of these Forums: Vbulletin, PHPbb and XenForo are really fantastic Software . No Partial or prejudice thoughts will display inside this article. This article is written from my Experiences, Research and Use

    Why I Recommend Vbulletin

    While researching the Best Forum Software in 2016,I stumbled upon Vbulletin , the world's leader in forum and community publishing software (at that time) .It was Launched in 2000 by Jelsoft Enterprises And from then it had gained reputation and trust from commercial and personal representatives. With our 100,000 forums/communities built on Vbulletin, it's convincing that this Forum Software has something splendid to Offer. To name a few: Bodybuilding, Zynga, EA Sports , Sony,Steam ,Houston Texas , Nasa and More are acquaintances of Vbulletin. Let's get deeper into why I recommend VbulletinPros and Cons .

    1 .Robust and Diversify

    While Vbulletin is the main forum software at the time of writing this article, it's also the leader in Development of Plugins and Add -on .Therefore,a lot of styles, themes and mods are available for different purposes similar to that of WordPress.

    • Excellent moderation control

    Yes! That's the Only Advantage I can Honestly give.

    Why I do not Recommend Vbulletin & Why I Left Vbulletin

    Vbulletin was the forum back then. It was in the spotlight, actually dominating the forum and community industry with 3.8 Version until the founders/best developers of Vbulletin Left .This causes a lot of controversies with the version 4.xx. new staffs, marketing manager, and customer care representative was employed. Everything had changed. A Review From TrustPiliot

    My Personal Review On Vbullein:

    Bad Coding and Scripts

    Comparing Vbulletin 3.8x to 4.xx, the primary codes are obviously altered by the new developers who mingled with the codes, makes it more server intensive and laggy. There are over 2000 open bugs. Shawn the owner of DigitalPoint completely moved fromVbulletin to XenForo because of the buggy Issues, He even contributed in fixing some. I wonder why most of theVbulletin owners are not updating to 4.x for an extra $209, instead, they are staying with the somewhat less-bug Version 3.8.

    Vbulletin : No Refund

    It is not 100% sure that Vbulletin will work fluently on all web hosting /servers. There was an incident where a man bought Vbulletin For 400 usd, he was trying to install it on his host but failed in disgust. He contacted Vbulletin support numerous times with very long delay to no response at all ... He filed for a refund and got this message:

    Not User Friendly, Not For Newbies

    As mention earlier,Vbulletin is a robust and diversified forum yet it comes with customization and set ups that are too advanced for the not so experienced users. I know the more you see the more you becomes frustrated. In relation to the Vbulletin Back office, there are a lot of things and requirement. You need to set up before your forum can go live. Even if you your Vbulletin Forum goes live you will somehow come across a number of errors and slowness, error messages all over the place and missing integral functions from previous versions.

    Easily Hackable and Spam-able

    Vbulletin owners Can tell you, Spam, Spam and Even More Spams every day, it's like this Software was prone to spammers when I was using it.At an appointed time when I installed Vbulletin On my web host, I got up to 60 comment spams, articles spam , Blog Spams and when I removed the CMS, they found a way And Spam the Threads, I had to Deactivate Registration, Did They Still spam? in spite of The Captchas that was supposed to prevent spammer from registering was not sufficient enough. The Branding at the bottom of the Forum attracts more spammers and help tools like Scrapbox.*

    At one incident in time:Attackers appear to have compromised tens of thousands of Web sites using a security weakness in sites powered by the forum software vBulletin. 35,000 sites were hacked via this vulnerability.

    If You Install Vbulletin and did not delete the /install folder, then you are at risk of getting hack

    Vbulletin is overpriced!

    The Speculation about vbulletin is the best had come to an end with the enormous Price Per license and Upgrade fees, why Vbulletin has to be so costly? Is it worth it?. Comparing Vbulletin to the other Forums, XenForo is a lot cheaper with much more benefits, which will be discussed later in this article. The latest Version Of Vbulletin Is 5.X costly than all the forums, which cost a whopping 400 USD!

    >US $249.00 Per License

    >US $209.00 to upgrade

    >US $399.00 for Mobile Suite Bundle

    >US $359.00 to Upgrade

    >Plus 79% Of the Add-ons are Paid Versions

    .So what about the XenForo Price?

    $140 Per License

    >Free Upgrade

    >89% Of Add ons are free

    This Is one of the main disadvantage about Vbulletin. That was the reason why I left Vbulletin.

    Couple days later I was on Google.
    these are all the things that I was searching for:

    • best php forum
    • best forum software 2016
    • top best forum software
    with all these Successions I had come across a really admirably and desirable free open source forum PHPbb.

    My Journey At PHPbb

    My journey for PHPbb was not so long as compared to Vbulletin and XenForo. However, it was a time well spent developing and exploring the Features and applications

    Why I chose PHPbb in the first place?

    Power of Features Out-of-the-Box

    Although PHPbb wasn't a forum with a lot of Plugins and Mods, at the same time, it has some really good Built in Features that's very Attractive

    Free Open Source PHP Forum

    Due to this factor; a lot of people are gravitated to this forum because of the"free" Forum.. Oh well, it was worth it for a free open source.

    Phpbb wasn't a great experience for me, maybe because I was rushing for something that was less expensive and user friendly, However, not only it was easy to install, it was also very difficult to modify and configure Third Party Applications.

    What Really Forced Me Away From PHPbb?

    SEO Friendliness:where search engine optimization is concerned, the ease and effectiveness were very incompetent.

    User Engagement:The Little time I moved over to PHPbb, I was getting a lot of complaints by my visitors saying that the Graphical interface was misunderstanding and hard to navigate. It was really frustrated because my new visitor didn't know how to create New Threads,etc. It was limited in terms of productivity.

    Here we go again with the Spams!: This forum was no different from Vbulletin. Spammers somehow targeted my website while I was installing! I couldn't believe I would get so many threads spammed even with the spam stopper on. Oh well, I Expected that from A free Forum . Even so, Vbullentin was a mess

    PPHbb is a really great forum for small and personal uses only. I don't recommend using PHPbb if you are running a business.

    Well, it's time for the beast!

    My Ultimate XenForo Review

    The Xenforo Forum Software is completely different and very superior to the other forums. I meant -Vbulletin and PHPbb because those're the only ones I have tested.

    To begin with, the slogan of Xenforo -practically describes the forum:

    Let's begin with the Pros then the cons, oh wait. I don't think there are Cons

    XenForo Is Flexible and 100% Customizable

    Have You Ever used Windows 8 Metro style Interface? in-comparison it is very similar in terms of user navigation, user Interface, user prospect, and user modification.

    Not only, it uses rich and attractive colors, it also utilizes powerful tools and resources that can simply change anything to your needs.From the root templates to the mere color and notches.

    Xenforo Is Really Stable

    The code and scripts of that Said Xenforo are overall clean and with no doubt multi- compatible with all third part applications .With assurance, you're safely and privacy is in the arms of competent developers.

    SEO Built-in, No need for sitemap

    With the human-readable semantic HTMLwith embedded microdata, Urls are already implemented in the very core of your installation. You don't need to pay much of a hassle with Search Engine Optimization. XenForo has friendly URLs that makes it easier to perform better in SERP. Unlike Vbulletin, that doesn't have a Proper SEO Aspect. It is hard to Rank high within Google.Moreover.(Although url structure doesn't do such an impact on SEO) Vbulletin creates page after page of duplicate content with duplicate title tags and Duplicate Descriptions that can get your penalize by Google.

    However, XenForo is the cure for this, if you really want to perform A+ with SEO then I Recommend XenForo

    XenForo Awesome Add-ons!

    If you look at the Resources,Xenforo Has over 3000+ Addons and guess what?

    Most of them are free, perhaps, 90% are.

    The Support Team Is Priceless

    The Developers are active and proactive to assist customers on behalf on any issue or inquire. I Posted on their Forum, In about 2 minutes, I saw a response

    Social Engagement

    Have you ever wonder why when someone visits your website for the first time and don't come back?

    Well, I can guarantee that XenForo has the solution for that. The reward system is fantastic. It's like winning. You want more. Letting a visitor be active in your forum, reducing your bounce rate.

    The Likes and The Integration are a next plus. Intuitive likes and profile engagements between users are intriguing.Giving Members Rewards for their contribution and Posting.

    The Facebook, google and twitter integration, let people sign up for your forum with ease.

    Xenforo Is Versatile

    Xenforo Infrastructures has a way to utilize the thousands of Add-on and robust multifunction built in features to create any kind of Forum, Community or even a Marketplace,

    For Example,Digital Point Forum is currently Running XenForo, One of the Most Successful and Highly traffic Forum

    The Bottom Line. If You do a query saying Vbulletin vs Xenforo or PHP Vs Vbulletin You will Most likely get similar judgements on these forums.

    All the best on Your purpose of visit!
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  3. Lucía

    Lucía Visitor

    I have been running phpBB for years and it's been really a long long time since I have been last hit by spam bots. I used the Q&A antispam.
  4. Agree with OP

    Agree with OP Visitor

    I also use the Q&A plugin, BUT, the new user rate has dropped off significantly on my website. I have used vBulletin, phpBB and am just trying xenforo now. Xenforo is like a breath of fresh air!

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