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vBulletin vs. phpBB

Discussion in 'vBulletin' started by bnaze13, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. #1
    I noticed that this site is using vBulletin... is there any reason why you would use vBulletin over something that is free like phpBB?
    bnaze13, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  2. noppid

    noppid gunnin' for the quota

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    #2
    It's like, if I have to explain, you wouldn't understand.

    Once you know your way around, as with anything, you will not want to run a forum without the backend admin features and ease of enhancement to the forums with it.

    The staff over there can be jerks at times, they are coders not salesmen it seems, but the product is solid and they do their job with the code.
    noppid, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  3. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #3
    There are a bunch of threads on it if you want to do some reading. :)

    Here, here, here, etc...
    digitalpoint, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  4. Smyrl

    Smyrl Tomato Republic Staff

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    You get what you pay for. My experience with phpbb was horrid. Automated spam by porn monger was a daily battle. I would not consider ever running phpbb again.

    Shannon
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  5. bnaze13

    bnaze13 Peon

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    #5
    I haven't seen the backend that they have.... it's it significantly better than phpBB
    bnaze13, Apr 20, 2005 IP
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    bnaze13 Peon

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    #6
    are there any other good free alternatives to vBulletin?
    bnaze13, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  7. noppid

    noppid gunnin' for the quota

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    #7
    Head over there and try the admin demo, it's live and real.

    vBulletin Admin Demo
    noppid, Apr 20, 2005 IP
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #8
    The backend of phpBB isn't 1% as good as the backend of vBulletin.
    digitalpoint, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  9. nullbit

    nullbit Peon

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    #9
    If you want an Admin demo for phpBB you just need to find someone elses phpBB board, and use the latest exploit to login.
    nullbit, Apr 20, 2005 IP
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  10. Epica

    Epica Peon

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    #10
    Man
    I never thought of some of this stuff...I was looking at phpBB for a forum for my SaverSites.com site...but only becasue it is free and installs at the click of a button with my current server.

    any sort of expertise I'll need to run and install Vbulletin...?

    Oh and -
    Is it possible to purchase - used' Vbulletin license...? like from a forum that closes etc..? or is it attatched to a particular domain..?
    Epica, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  11. nullbit

    nullbit Peon

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    You can transfer a license, the original owner has to contact vBulletin to switch the associated domain to yours.
    nullbit, Apr 20, 2005 IP
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    joeychgo Notable Member Premium Member

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    #12

    ROFL - Good point!


    Here is the biggest differences IMO.


    vBulletin costs $85 a year - PHPBB is free

    vBulletin is more search engine friendly

    vBulletin is more user friendly to the site owner

    vBulletin is more customizable

    vBulletin has great communities supporting it, like vBulletin Webmaster and vBulletin.org


    - the best proof is this. Look at the strongest boards around, especially webmaster and SEO boards -- most are using vBulletin. Proof is in the experts. THese boards wouldnt use vBulletin if it wasnt better then phpbb.

    -
    joeychgo, Apr 20, 2005 IP
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  13. Epica

    Epica Peon

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    #13
    cool thanks - oh hey nullbit ;) [Edit: and thanks joey - my post crossed yours]

    Would this be a good time to ask if anyone has an extra Vbulletin license they want to sell, trade.....?
    Epica, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  14. Smyrl

    Smyrl Tomato Republic Staff

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    That was the reason I tried it also. Should have asked questions first. He he.

    Shannon
    Smyrl, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  15. joeychgo

    joeychgo Notable Member Premium Member

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    #15
    You get what you pay for.

    I forgot to add vBulletin is more secure and Jelsoft tries to keep it that way. PHPBB is under attack cause any kid who wants to play can get a copy and find ways to tear into it.
    joeychgo, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  16. Epica

    Epica Peon

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    #16
    Another excellent point - The price is low enough not to be outrageous, and cover costs, but high enough to keep 'bottom feeders' from getting to familiar with it.

    Thats it...which one of you gets the commission...? I'm SOLD ;)
    Epica, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  17. noppid

    noppid gunnin' for the quota

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    #17
    That would be me... Follow the link I posted to the admin panel. :)

    Regards.
    noppid, Apr 20, 2005 IP
  18. neonrider

    neonrider Peon

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    #18
    I had vBull for barely 2 days and it's not completely set up yet, but I'm already having problems with it. I've had problems logging in and problems with "Announcement Manager" screen becoming big screen-wide and the left navigation menu disappears disallowing access to the rest of AdminCP. Some problems are hard to explain. The main problem I'm here is the "wide screen" problem. Once I posted a message, it's subject text made the whole index.php screen shift to the right, become wider, the Google Ad and text shifted to the right as well. I've seen this problem described in posts around 2001-2004 but no fix was posted (surprisingly) in those forums, including vBull's own suport forum.

    In addiution to that vBull support does not pay attention enough to your problems and responds whatever just to get rid of you quicklier. I had the feeling that I was the beggar and that they paid $160 for me to use the software. Still, I'll give it the last chance, given if the problem with excessively wide screen can be fixed.

    That is my first impresion of vBulletin. I hope someone changes my opinion about it by helping me fix the problems. Please post your idea how can this "wide screen" problem be fixed. The support suggested creating a new style and use it, but that did not work. And after that support stopped responding, I guess they don't have a solution to that problem, which makes vBulletin undesirable to me and even a refund seems like the best option. Perhaps I should get Invision Board or something else.
    neonrider, Nov 28, 2006 IP
  19. saadahmed007

    saadahmed007 Admínistratör

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    #19
    Vbulletin is best.You just have to check admincp and understand every option then i bet you will love VB :p
    PHPBB is worst forum script IMO even SMF is alooot better then Vbulletin.
    Saad :)
    saadahmed007, Nov 28, 2006 IP
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    casperl Peon

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    #20
    Did i undertand correclty? Do you prefer SMF to Vbulletin? If so why do you think so?
    casperl, Nov 28, 2006 IP