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Tech Star    254

Which forum is better? I am asking becasue I have money right noe for a lisence and I want to know which one is better to get...

vBulliten

IPB 2.04

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Tomi    0
IPB 2.1 is coming out in a month - cool

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Possibily; Matt hasn't said anything about the release date yet, but that's what I'm guessing a month because the bug forums are down to one page.

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James B    0

I have a vBulletin license and find it very easy to operate. We're only a small specialist forum on a VPS and I don't expect it to grow quickly. Everything I've done templates wise and in customization has been painless to do. Now I have a way of setting things up and a main style defined, any new forums or areas take hardly any time to set up at all.

The first forums I visited were vB 2 and then 3 and I guess I've just warmed to it. vB seem to be very useful on support queries and the community is good too.

Just a personal preference really. I had a look around the demo admin area there - it's good, but not enough to persuade me to switch.

:)

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Tech Star    254

Its all right and I am getting it right now becasue I have a lisence and a lifetime worth of updates! So all I have to do is update it at no extra cost! Also to driz thank you for your kindness!

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Timmy T    0

Well, of course, I'm going with IPB.

I used vBulletin before, and it just wasn't right for me. The administration control panel in vB is way too cluttered and disorganized - one of the reasons why I left vB and purchased an IPB license. The vBulletin skinning system is way to difficult to work with, and the cluttery-ness of vBulletin's files made it impossible for me to create modifications for the software.

IPB seems more user-friendly, and cleaner to work with when you are trying to create modifications and skins. And with IPB 2.1 coming our way, I couldn't be happier. :)

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CJC    0

IPB for sure

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devyant    0

IPB, why?

Because most will say that it's good, and therefore more people will use it.

So let's do everyone a service and go the IPB way, so we wouldn't need to re-adapt to using a new board. :D :D

Okay for serious, IPB. :)

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stormblast    0

Sorry, but vBulletin 3.5 gonna beat IPB ;D

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THE BAT    0

Invision Power Board at all

:yes:

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iKap    0

IPB... because, ipb was the first one i used... but i also tried vbullitien... i like IPB better because its way better looking, skins look really sleek... and its easy to use, customizable and waht not, but main reason is the looks.

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Tech Star    254

Yes that is why I have chosen it!

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devyant    0
Sorry, but vBulletin 3.5 gonna beat IPB ;D

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We'll wait for it and see then, but for now, its still IPB :D

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Tomi    0
Sorry, but vBulletin 3.5 gonna beat IPB ;D

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...:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

*chokes*

...ahh, someone hasn't done research on both products before making a statement I guess. :laugh:

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jeramy    0

I like both :D. I have a license for each. I hate the fanboy flaming though. Just because one comes out with the same features later than another doesn't mean they shouldn't have them. If a car company created something that could save more lives, please believe the others would start to follow and add that option. Same thing with anything else. They are both great pieces of software.

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DealsAroundUs    0

I am using PHPBB, it works good and very handy to modify.

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Quillz    1,011
Most people have more familiarity with IPB, and a single year license costs less than vBulletin anyway.

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Actually, IPB is a one-time fee. Once you pay the $70, you get your IPB for life. Plain and simple. You only pay again (and it's entirely optional) if you choose to renew support and upgrades. Of course, if you want free upgrades for life, then you need to purchase the perpetual license (a $185 value.)

Anyways, I own an IPB license, and it blows vB out of the water. Don't get me wrong; both are excellent pieces of software, and worth every penny, but IPB uses extremely fast and clean code. The problem with vBulletin is it has a lot of unnecessary coding and tables put into it. And, as others have said, it's very resource intensive, whereas IPB is on the lighter side.

And while IPB may have less features than vB, it also has more unique features. For example, inline moderation, multi-quote, topic multi-moderation and (coming in 2.1) RSS imports. And let's not forget that IPB also pioneered the use of AJAX in its inline moderation feature. vB is just now getting it in 3.5. And IPB 2.1 will continue to implement AJAX, for quick and clean moderation.

Finally, IPB has a very good security record. As far as I know, it has been exploited fewer times that vB, which is saying a lot, considering that vB is also extremely secure. Plus, with 2.1, IPB will have a very user-friendly and completely re-designed admin control panel.

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alexgmatthews    0

I'm making the same decision regarding IPB or VB and i'm doing so for the first time. I would appreciate advice on the following...

1) Has anyone tried the demos of IPB available on their website recently? There seem to be two ways of doing this. Firstly, the online demo requires that you give an email address which is emailed a link, allowing you to register, in much the same way as the vB admin demo on their website. The IPB website has yet to email me a link. Am I to take it that this feature is redundant? The second method involves downloading code that is obvuscated either using Zend or Ion cube. However the download seems to consist in empty directories only. It could just be me, but it leaves me unable to try IPB. Has anyone encountered the same problems?

2) Do we in general believe that paying for a license is worth it when compared using free software like phpBB? Is there any other free software that i should consider?

3) The vote on this site, seems to be in favour of IPB. do we think this is a general opinion amongst developers or just those people that use this site?

Thanks.

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RootWind    0
I'm making the same decision regarding IPB or VB and i'm doing so for the first time. I would appreciate advice on the following...

1) Has anyone tried the demos of IPB available on their website recently? There seem to be two ways of doing this. Firstly, the online demo requires that you give an email address which is emailed a link, allowing you to register, in much the same way as the vB admin demo on their website. The IPB website has yet to email me a link. Am I to take it that this feature is redundant? The second method involves downloading code that is obvuscated either using Zend or Ion cube. However the download seems to consist in empty directories only. It could just be me, but it leaves me unable to try IPB. Has anyone encountered the same problems?

2) Do we in general believe that paying for a license is worth it when  compared using free software like phpBB? Is there any other free software that i should consider?

3) The vote on this site, seems to be in favour of IPB. do we think this is a general opinion amongst developers or just those people that use this site?

Thanks.

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2. The free solutions are kind of void IMHO at the moment. Most are trying to concentrate on being "stream-lined" instead of feature-rich. I've tried a super-early build of phpBB3, it has promise, but I can't say I would expect it to be out any time soon.

3. Can't speak for everyone, but the majority of people I know prefer IPB.

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hotrod1    0

vBulletin is the best around.

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Quillz    1,011
I'm making the same decision regarding IPB or VB and i'm doing so for the first time. I would appreciate advice on the following...

1) Has anyone tried the demos of IPB available on their website recently? There seem to be two ways of doing this. Firstly, the online demo requires that you give an email address which is emailed a link, allowing you to register, in much the same way as the vB admin demo on their website. The IPB website has yet to email me a link. Am I to take it that this feature is redundant? The second method involves downloading code that is obvuscated either using Zend or Ion cube. However the download seems to consist in empty directories only. It could just be me, but it leaves me unable to try IPB. Has anyone encountered the same problems?

2) Do we in general believe that paying for a license is worth it when  compared using free software like phpBB? Is there any other free software that i should consider?

3) The vote on this site, seems to be in favour of IPB. do we think this is a general opinion amongst developers or just those people that use this site?

Thanks.

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Hello,

I haven't tried the hosted demo myself, but I have heard that it works fine. Perhaps check your e-mail's spam folder? It may have been sorted there...

And yes, you typically get what you pay for. I'm not about to say that phpBB is bad software, but phpBB 3 has been in development for over two years now, and not even a beta release has been made yet. With paid software, you are kept up-to-date about future software releases. The developer or development team is paid, so there is a real incentive to continue with the software. And since paid software also has available research funding, you can also expect better software in the long run. Software with more flexibility, more features, etc. And not to mention that paid software also comes with great support. As far as free bulletin boards go, I like MyBulletinBoard. Some people say it's like a free version of vBulletin.

As for your last question, I honestly wouldn't know. My guess is that it's probably among people who work with IPB, though. Since I do own an IPB license, I can tell you that the code really is fast and clean.

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