When I was about to make the switch from Vb to IPB, I knew there were things I'd miss from Vb, but looking at the big(ger) picture, I just had to go for it. Hesitation was nothing more than a waste of time and effort for me as I saw Vb going nowhere. (That was before Kier resigned.)
I had been using Vbulletin since 2001 to 2008. Obviously, it was a tough change I had to make, but I had been requesting Vb gallery for 6 years and Vb CMS for 3 years. Vb left me no choice but leave.
Just one advice for former Vb users. Do not expect IPB to be an exact copy of VB because IPB was never meant to be exactly the same with Vbulletin. Its two entirely different scripts with different focuses. It's a common sense actually which many seem to forget.
Recently with a lot of people who switched from Vb, they've been voicing for features they had in Vbulletin. While I feel that it is reasonable to expect them to have such expectations and demands, I find it unreasonable to literally determine IPB is inferior simply because a few (indeed, it is - a few -) features are not found in IPB, yet they fail to see so many features which IPB has but VB doesn't.
But then I understand that complains are always, always, louder. And a few seemingly angry vocal users make it sound like the whole world is crumbling down to Earth.
Indeed. Those two are very, very, different. By returning an item you've physically bought, you are allowed to get refund or store credit. Returning a digital software is entirely different as copying such an intellectual property is a piece of cake and takes only few clicks.
I define IP.C as a CMS,
but IPS themselves will not state that IP.C is a CMS. Reason being is that people have all kind of different, weird, awkward, and kinky expectations for CMS, so IPS chose not to call it CMS, thus avoiding unnecessary potential conflicts and demands.
Yep, I learned it hard ways (attempted 3 times, digichat and all) that people don't come to forum to chat. IM softwares are way too convenient nowadays. I also learned the hard way that chat software by nature is a big security risk and a large burden on server load even on dedicated servers.
As for security risk part, this is what normally happens. People chat. They eventually get into an argument. They fight and one of them holds a grudge eventually somehow. A nice (?) reason to initiate all kind of crap (including DDoS).
20 limit for free? I'd say that is being extremely unreasonable and unrealistic.