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Topic # 59899 14-Apr-2010 14:29
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Hi. Has anybody on here worked with this before? Interested on what you have done with it. Particularly style mods & customisations.....




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  Reply # 318388 14-Apr-2010 14:34
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Ive had many forums that run on vB, There are THOUSANDS of styles and mods for pretty much anything you can imagine that you get access to when you purchase vBulletin.

although I liked vBulletin, I have found Invision Power Board (IPB) to be much easier on the admin side to run than the vB admin panel that looks like its from the 90's.


This may have changed as I have not used vBulletin for a couple of years now,

If you need help with it, let me know.

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  Reply # 318396 14-Apr-2010 14:45
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Yeah lots of plugins but the free alturnitives are catching up.

I would show you what imean but I got rid of my vbulliten site a while back unfortunitly.

The prices for a vbulliten licence were a lot cheaper back then. Can nolonger afford one.



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  Reply # 318678 15-Apr-2010 10:29
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Cheers guys - probably a couple of months away from getting going on something.

FWIW, this site has the sort of style and kind of structure that I will be looking for:

http://www.maxconsole.net/content.php 

My use is entirely different but will give you the idea.




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  Reply # 323345 27-Apr-2010 02:59
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so I take it you haven't actually started a forum yet?

may I very strongly recommend going with phpbb3 (as it is open source)

I've been running phpbb2 for years (since before phpbb3 came out, which was a couple of years ago.... ha! But I'll get around to upgrading to phpbb3 this year, for real)

edit: was just looking at the link you gave...  have you thought about joomla or drupal instead? (they're also open source too) Possibly fits your needs a lot better






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  Reply # 324413 28-Apr-2010 21:46
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Hmm, Drupal looks pretty spiffy and some of the sample sites look really polished and not cookie cutter - thats one of my fears with vbulletin. It looks to have strong features but all sites have a similar look and feel.

Key reqs for me are:

user mgmt - variety of admin types and user types
forum postings incl photos (with approvals in certain cases)
polling
favourites
blogs
integration with fb and twitter
new posting notifications via email (for your favourites)
easy template mgmt - joe basic users can only post comments on posts via template, trusted reviewers can so wild
mass import of forum posts - e.g. upload listing of DVD covers say (wtih photos) for comment
flagging certain postings as 'super hot' and making these prominent
suitable support
iphone app integration (later)
Calendar integration - I post my DCD cover and say you can come and see it 2pm Saturday
Reporting - who look at what DVD cover




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  Reply # 324472 28-Apr-2010 23:31
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Whoah quite a bit there.

Though im not sure it would have all of those, i would seriously consider Simple Machine Forums (SMF).

Their latest release (though it is a RC) is very good. It has tonnes of addons making it very easy to add features as required.

You can check out the site i have done with SMF here - www.nzgn.co.nz

It fundamentally has closed a lot of the gap between free forums and paid ones.

Though phpbb3 is good, it cannot beat SMF or vBulletin.

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  Reply # 324473 28-Apr-2010 23:38
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The good thing about vBulletin for me is that it works with Tapatalk on the iPhone, so if you set up the module on the server side it makes for a really pleasant mobile experience.



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  Reply # 324917 29-Apr-2010 19:32
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Thanks...

I like the Tapatalk option - vbulletin and SMF by the looks....




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  Reply # 325052 30-Apr-2010 02:52
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I gave a very clear berth of SMF for two major reasons, it is not truly free (only pretends to be) and it has a very worrying past in what it was before

phpb3 is out now (and has been for a while, so lots of mods for it), a big step up from before




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  Reply # 333163 21-May-2010 22:11
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If Tapatalk is one of your "maybe" factors, IPB now supports that too.




I finally have fibre!  Had to leave the country to get it though.


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