I started using IPB when it was free and have continued to use it, bought a license for it when it went paid and havent looked back. I also use VB on another forum. I rate VB higher but will continue to use IPB on my own forum because of the ease I feel with it. I pretty much know IPB code from top to bottom and can customize it in anyway I want.
I am doing a little research on which forums are usually used by the average Joe.
There are a ton of other packs out there.. Like Phorum, Snitz, WCN, Jive, etc.
There are plenty more under DMOZ's Computers/Software/Internet/Servers/Message_Boards/. Get like 20 of them then search for the copyright, or name of the board on google, look at the count, and voila. You have a rough estimate.
I run three vBulletin communities. Befor I had phpbb, which IMO is good stuff for the price. But Vbulletin is just great. It is soooo powerful. I really like the ability to create subforums, something you can't do to phpbb.
As for IPB, I don't think I have ever used a site (that I can remember) that actually uses IPB...
Not sure if only rubbish site choose IPB?? (Only joking not looking for a flame war..)
Well this is just an update, I recently installed and tested IPB on a test site I was working on the other day - wow - very impressive, I have not seen vBullitin's admin features etc, but IPB looks very powerful.
Unfortunately for the test site, the people that made the decisions where not happy with a couple of small features, so they opted for another product that was been demonstrated by a 3rd party - I think they went for phpBB.
For me, IPB has just shot up in my opinion, it is very powerful and once you get used to the IPB way of doing things, it is a very nice forum for the admin (granted we had 6 users and maybe 30 posts - perhaps its a little different with 000's of users and posts?)
I thought about converting to VB but as I said I know IPB inside out and Steven proved my point, once you start working on IPB and get to know it its a very powerfull piece of software and can be customized anyway you want depending on your skills with php.
You may be right (because you know your stuff) but I can't think of anything I see in VBulliten that I don't have or want. It's all customizable if you know how to do it.
The one thing I can vouch for having used it a few times in this first month of my community is the customer service. It's absolutely first class, I have been amazed at the quick and accurate handling of my support tickets.
I've used Snitz (ASP), phpBB, IPB and vBulleting on different sites. I currently prefer vBulletin, mainly because it is very full-featured and there is a very extensive support network with great mods.
I've heard that some people start with phpBB (free) and then graduate to vBulletin when their site (and revenue) grows to support it. vBulletin has import tools that make the process fairly straightforward. I migrated a 20,000 member database from Snitz forums to vBulletin and didn't lose a single post, member, or poll.
We use vBulletin for << url snipped >> and we love it. The template system makes it very easy to modify and it comes with tons of features. The mods are easy to install and manage. If you want something free go with phpBB and get some advanced admin panel mods for it to increase functionability.
I would definately recommend vBulletin to anyone who can afford a new or second hand license.
Well. I'm poor. But I am hoping that there is enough advertising revenue on my current phpBB forum to fund a vBulletin license by the next year. I find vBulletin to be fantastic, but I cannot afford it :(
Well, as they say I'll be trying phpBB Olympus when it comes along as well. :)
I thought about converting to VB but as I said I know IPB inside out .
Hi Scribbler, I wonder if you are the same scrib I know from that other forum? This is my 1st post here.
I just did a google for vBulletin quick quote and this page came up.
Anyway I am pretty new at Admin, I have IPB and was wondering if its possible to get the quick quote button like they have on vBulletin.
Highlight text click quick and it inserts the text with quote name, without opening Advanced (or, More Options). Gr8 for multi quotes, that you cant do with just a quote button.
Possible to hack it into Invision Power Board. You seem to know what you are talking about, as usual. :idea:
Oh, BTW I didnt want to hijack this thread so if you could direct me to an area where this is more appropriate, please do.
I see most computer-related forums using phpBB. I made my own forums, so I selected "other". You can take a quick look at what I have published so far, but current version is still on my pc. (its in development)
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I know, doesn't do much currently. The login code is almost done and then I'll add support for the BB-style tags. Which any forum you chose to go with I'd reccommend sticking with those tags as standard. Most people are familiar with them, which is why I'm sticking with those rather than trying to make my own standard.
Hello everyone. I am new to this site but I think I may find some answers here. I am in the process of developing an online community and was also wondering what forum I should use. I have checked out vBulletin and it looks pretty good but if you buy the license can you use it for as many forums as you want on one site? How easy is it to install and start using? If anyone could sum up why this is the forum to use I would greatly appreciate the advice. Thanks in advance.