A few months ago, I came here very carefully, after being with vbulletin for many many years and many many forums, to make a test of the product + company by converting one of my small forums to IPB. I had a great experience then with the staff that was surprisingly helpful comparing to "what I was used to".
So after that successful experiment, I decided to make a big move and plan the conversion of my largest and most customized site to IPB also. During the past week, I made a test conversion to see how it all plays out, and the response from the support team was nothing short of excellent. I had some serious issues that were not a "click to fix" for them, and they still provided support I wasn't expecting.
I now know that I made the best decision moving from vbulletin, and plan to move all of my sites and invest in the future sites also in IPS.
I felt compelled to write these few lines, since we -as internet users- rarely make positive comments in public, we only nag when left hanged out to dry.
Wonderful job you are doing guys, I hope you keep this up.
Ok the time has come. A few months back I moved one of my small forums from vb > IPB and now I am ready to move my main site also. However, since this is my main focus right now in my everyday life, I need to ask you a few questions , I know the answers won't be black/white, but I am hoping for sincerity here.
My site does 200.000 visits per month, 77% of which comes from google, from more than 80.000 keywords. I am using VBSEO mind you.
So I am very concerned regarding two things:
1. Is it possible to redirect my links (that are powered by vbseo) to IPB ? And how will I do that since I got not default vbulletin links but vbseo links? I am willing to pay for the conversion service if this can be done by you.
2. What do you think my google traffic will do after the move? Drop and stay dropped? Drop and recover? etc. For this, I would also welcome opinions from other members that have gone through the same path again (vbulletin with vbseo > ipb)
And one extra question for fun:
3. I got my gallery with more than 23.000 photos in PHOTOPOST. I see in the conversion page that you support photopost > ip.Gallery also. Does this include redirection links for the photos/albums etc also? or just the move?
Thanks for the replies you guys, looks like I will transfer at least one of my communites in IPB and see what I can do with it.
Another question, somethnig concerning the Gallery. I understand that members can upload videos, BUT is there a way to "add" a video to the gallery by submitting a youtube link? And the player simply plays the video off of youtube? I 've been playing around with the demo but it seems that this is not possible.