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Would you ever change forum software?
#1
Recently I began to think why people use certain forum software over others and why most vbulletin sites are popular compared to sites run by phpbb or our beloved mybb. Most people use mybb because its free and general is similar to vbulletin. Others use phpbb generally because its more popular. In the end I never found out exactly why vbulletin is so popular... but that's not the real point I'm getting at.

Most of the time money and license issues are why people do not wish to get a paid forum but what would you do if you had a site run by mybb then "all of a sudden" your forum becomes so popular, making a few hundred monthly and well over 50k active people using it. Would you "upgrade" or stay on mybb?

I personally don't think I can upgrade or even think of using a different forum anymore, I once was an admin for vbulletin for a friend of mine and just didn't like the admin cp. I also got to play around with an trial IPB demo and didn't enjoy its complexity. I think mybb generally has things better and is much more user friendly. Sure the only thing which in my opinion it lacks is security compared to paid forums but then again it has a great team which is consistently working on security flaws and since your not paying for it you can't expect it to be perfect and flawless (which one day it will be Smile).

So what are your views on this topic? Would you upgrade to a different forum or stay on mybb?
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#2
Yes I would. VB is the more feature rich and offers strong support. It also has a ton of addons and plugins. The themes are professional and vast. That being said it's not my cup of tea if only because it's resource intensive, difficult to theme, and costly. That's my view.

However I would switch from MyBB if the circumstances were there. I was with 3 other softwares before MyBB and each time I had a reason to switch.
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#3
(Oct 25, 2009, 05:05 PM)labrocca Wrote: I was with 3 other softwares before MyBB and each time I had a reason to switch.

I have to agree, I would switch if I had a reason to. At the moment, there has been no reason to change. I've tried just about all of them...vb,ipb,punbb,smf,phpbb...hell, I'm a support administrator on a free IPB hosting service.
However, I'm quite content to stay with MyBB until I need something that it can not provide me with. At that time, I will switch to something else.
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#4
i agree aswell, i have used many forum softwares since 1998 when i started online, MyBB is by far my favourite, i have been tempted by VB and tested it aswell as help a friend maintain his
its not my cup of tea either and certainly too costly
im more than happy to stay with MyBB for the foreseeable future
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#5
I like MyBB, but some features are lacking, simple as that. For me, a built in CMS is a must.
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#6
(Oct 31, 2009, 10:09 PM)Scoutie44 Wrote: I like MyBB, but some features are lacking, simple as that. For me, a built in CMS is a must.
I disagree. A forum is a forum. A website is a website. I don't want to start bloating the forum or the website just to get the other. It's very easy to make custom pages in MyBB without a CMS, and if not, you can easily upload a better, more focused CMS and integrate it.
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#7
(Nov 01, 2009, 08:28 AM)Zash Wrote: I disagree. A forum is a forum. A website is a website. I don't want to start bloating the forum or the website just to get the other. It's very easy to make custom pages in MyBB without a CMS, and if not, you can easily upload a better, more focused CMS and integrate it.

But it's just a thousand times easier to use a product like IP.Content to manage your website, rather than uploading new files everytime you want to add one page.
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#8
(Nov 01, 2009, 12:26 PM)Scoutie44 Wrote:
(Nov 01, 2009, 08:28 AM)Zash Wrote: I disagree. A forum is a forum. A website is a website. I don't want to start bloating the forum or the website just to get the other. It's very easy to make custom pages in MyBB without a CMS, and if not, you can easily upload a better, more focused CMS and integrate it.

But it's just a thousand times easier to use a product like IP.Content to manage your website, rather than uploading new files everytime you want to add one page.
If you want to add 1 page then you only need to upload 1 file. You only need to upload an entire CMS if you want a whole accompanying website.
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#9
I'm talking about when you want to build your site around the forums, involving several pages, not just one..
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#10
This answer is obvious, really. For a site with that much traffic you should be making a good deal of cash, so if money isn't a problem, IPB all the way.
MyBB will never rival professional software in terms of support and upgrades.
vBulletin has become the standard software for mid-level admins, but personally I prefer IPB. And if I was maintaining a forum for a corporate site, I'd use neither in favor of Jive SBS (although it can't really be considered a forum software; it's much more than that).
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