You can transfer all of the forums and member accounts from phpBB to IPB! There is a converter that walks you through everything step by step! I originally converted from phpBB myself and everything transfered over fine!!!
Im using IP Download 2.5.3! I have close to 400 files but they are stored in ftp with .ipb extensions! Is there a way to backup the files in their .zip and .rar formats as they were originally submitted with IP Downloads instead of having to download every single file through the public side on my site just to be able to retireve their original formats?
Cynapz, You won't go wrong with switching from phpbb3 to ipb!! I made the switch from phpbb3 myself and it was the best thing I could do for my forum website! There are many features that ipb has over phpbb3 so you won't be disappointed!! :)
As for webhosting, I have had Bluehost before and I would not suggest them to anyone!! I have had poor customer service with them and when I canceled hosting with them, they did not even offer to keep my business in any shape or form!!! I use Site5 for webhosting and have been a customer for over 3 years!!
You do not pay $300 a year for an IPB license.. your initial cost is $149 which grants you the use of a license for as long as you use it!! After 6 months, you pay $25 dollars to continue support from IPB but if you do not renew, you can still use your IPB license! The 6 month renewal is just for support or things like being able to download from the IPS Marketplace, download updates to the IPB software etc.!!! You can always renew at any time even if your 6 months had gone by and say you want to renew 2 or 3 months etc. after the 6 months has expired!!
As far as "Licensed to" goes.. people usually put that as the name of their business or website name or whatever you want that to be!! IPB will request that you put the url of the website you are using their software on in your client area on IPB!! Wordpress can be integrated nicely with IPB, there are programs and SDK's available to do just that!!! :)