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Is vBulletin Good?
I want a good forum.
cooldoug

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 343 posted 4:14 am on Feb 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Has anyone use vbulletin before. I see many sites that use it. It looks good, but I want someone that has used it firsthand. I am not sure if it is good or not. Before I buy I just want to make sure.:)

 

kidmercury

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 343 posted 4:53 am on Feb 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

vbulletin is excellent. in my opinion, it is the only choice for webmasters in terms of which forum software ot implement. well worth the price.

rogerd

WebmasterWorld Administrator rogerd us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 343 posted 2:39 pm on Feb 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

vBulletin is a very powerful piece of software, with an extensive admin control panel and with flexible templating. A lot of the formatting is done by CSS (adjustable through the Admin CP). More features are built-in, i.e., don't require installing hacks, than some of the good open-source forum software. (Hacks are great, but can be a pain when upgrading or when trying to debug a problem in an area of code where there are multiple hacks.)

The only drawbacks are that it's big & fairly complex, and that it costs money. Also, it's fairly demanding of hardware resources for busy forums.

The support system is robust - the support forum is very busy, with both users and support team members answering questions. On a couple of occasions I've submitted support tickets, and have received prompt and accurate replies.

Assuming you want a full-featured forum and a couple of hundred bucks is no obstacle, that's the way I'd go. (At least until BestBBS is on the market. ;))

zigx

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 343 posted 7:12 pm on Feb 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you are going to use the image attachment feature it has be very careful... you can really put a load on ur server if you have a LOT of people hitting them...

the reason?

All attachments stream through php.. regardless if they are stored in mysql or on the filesystem....

i have brought this up to them, but no changes so far.

cooldoug

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 343 posted 11:56 pm on Feb 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys, Ill buy it!:)

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