Kaelon

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  1. Kaelon added a post in a topic: IPS 4 release date?   

    Thanks, I appreciate knowing that IP4 will be released sometime "this year." @.Ian - the reason why it's important is that V4 is, by all accounts, a massive rewrite of IP's systems, including the front-end design theming system, the back-end administration, and the database schemas itself (at least, this is what has been discussed on Big Board Admin forums).

    I'd rather not invest a substantial amount of time on a platform that will require me to invest even more time later on; I'd rather wait until the next version comes out and then spend time developing on that platform, if that makes sense.
  2. Kaelon added a post in a topic: IPS 4 release date?   

    Hi there,

    I am looking to purchase an IPSuite license(s), but I'd obviously like to hold off until version 4.0 is released, given the substantial rewrite that has been taking place. Is there a timeline for release that I can be planning on for my clients?

    Thank you!
  3. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Paid Subscriptions import (and retention) from vB 3.8.x   

    Hi Andrej,

    Thanks for the reply. I understand that Subscriptions transfer fine - but does that also mean that recurring payments sent to PayPal for subscriptions previously created in vB will continue to be updated in IPB?

    Thanks!
  4. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Old vB Admins - why did you switch to IPB?   

    I found this to be an incredibly useful thread. Thanks for highlighting some of the reasons to convert to Invision Power Board.
  5. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Paid Subscriptions import (and retention) from vB 3.8.x   

    Hello there!

    After years of considering a move to IPS, our Big Board is crossing off one of the final items on our checklist. Can you please help answer this question?

    Premise: On our vBulletin 3.8.x forum, we have a number of Paid Subscriptions, recurring payments handled by PayPal and the Payments API at payments.php; thousands of our members have long-standing recurring subscriptions and each time a payment is made, the system updates their subscription with a new expiration date reflecting that payment. Missed payments, or cancellations, result in automatic cancellations. I understand the IP.Nexus offers much of the same functionality.

    Question: Is there currently a working importer that will (a) successfully import all vBulletin 3.8.x paid subscriptions; and (b) ensure uninterrupted, continuous recognition of payments sent via the Payments API and other payments calls from PayPal?

    Please let me know if this question doesn't make sense. For us, this is the last real major barrier in our potential move over to IPS.

    Thanks!

    Kaelon
  6. Kaelon added a comment on a blog entry: IP.SEO Update   

    [quote name='Johnrc' timestamp='1293958873']
    Getting excited to migrate from vB3 with vBSEO.


    Count me as another excited listener!
  7. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Combined Support Updates?   

    Thanks for the information. Is there a release schedule for products that would give me a sense as to how often each product line is updated? I am trying to set up a budget for the number of licenses and sites that I may convert.
  8. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Combined Support Updates?   

    Hi there,

    I understand that I can get substantial (up to 20%) off by purchasing all IP products. However, is there a way that I can "extend" all of the product support licenses concurrently with a single reduced payment, instead of having to extend each product separately?
  9. Kaelon added a post in a topic: A potential vB convert   



    Thanks so much for this. It was a great read and it gives me a solid impression of what to expect at least in the conversion process and its steps.
  10. Kaelon added a post in a topic: A potential vB convert   



    That would be awesome. Or, if you'd just like to e-mail it to me, feel free to send it my way!
  11. Kaelon added a post in a topic: A potential vB convert   

    I guess for my particular case, and I would imagine the case of others contemplating the shift, it'd be helpful to see a running diary/blog of a production site vBulletin admin trying out IPB. What sort of conversion difficulties/challenges does he overface, and how does he overcome them? Perhaps I'm overly cautious, but that's why I am excited/hopeful that The Geek will be keeping a blog here where he can share his experiences. :)
  12. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Big Board Convert from vBulletin 3.8.x   



    Thanks, Mark! Is there a human-friendly way to link to Wiki content (e.g., "www.domain.com/wiki/WikiArticleName")?
  13. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Big Board Convert from vBulletin 3.8.x   

    Thank you so much, Brandon. This is really helpful.

    I have another question: does IP feature any out-of-the-box or user-contributed Wiki tools or functionality? A significant portion of our community makes use of free-tagging (and contextual free-linking) and shared-editing of our site encyclopedia in the same way that Wikipedia works.
  14. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Big Board Convert from vBulletin 3.8.x   

    Thanks so much, Mark! I added a couple of questions while you were responding:

    10. Does IP offer "universal search"? That is, will your Search enable users to search all resources (blogs, forums, content databases, galleries, etc.) with a single query?

    11. Because our site is on The Cloud (specifically, Mosso: The Rackspace Cloud), we have an atypical setup for our resources and databases, and as such, have only indirect access to our MySQL databases, and exports and imports tend to be cumbersome and require Cloud technician assistance. If we purchased your Conversion service, are your technicians well versed to handle a conversion of this magnitude and complexity, or do you recommend we handle the conversion in-house?


    Thanks again!
  15. Kaelon added a post in a topic: Big Board Convert from vBulletin 3.8.x   

    Hi there,

    Like [url=" Geek, after a measured "wait-and-see" approach with Internet Brands and vBulletin 4, I am now considering transitioning my "Big Board" from vBulletin to IP.Board and IP's suite of software. I have several questions that are mostly geared towards Enterprise customers, and hope you might be able to clarify them for me as they would really help me in planning my upgrade path. Thank you so much!

    Firstly, a bit about my board. We are on a vBulletin 3.8.x forum, have 1.5 million posts, 40,000 registered users, and several hundred forums; our peaks are about 200-300 concurrent users. We are on a multi-server Cloud platform after having made the successful transition away from a dedicated platform earlier this year, and so far, we are loving the improvements in efficiencies that Cloud technology offers us.


    1. Can you tell me more about your vBulletin conversion tools? How well can it handle forums our size? What is the end-user experience like for me, as an administrator? (Will I have to worry about time-outs or huge issues during the conversion?) About how much time should I plan to spend on converting my forums and posts?

    2. One of vBulletin's end-users released a modification called "vBOptimise", which makes brilliant use of caching of often-issued requests which vBulletin does not cache by default. Does IP have a similar caching flexibility? How does IP perform over the Cloud?

    3. Do you have a showcase of Big Boards and Enterprise customers, both big and small, that illustrate how firms are using IP.Board and your other IP products?

    4. Do you offer a central repository/community of add-ons or modifications? What does your user-generated and community-contributed content look like?

    5. I understand you do virtually all of your skinning through a single physical .css file. Are there other advanced templating options available to those of us who want to radically alter the appearance and layout of IP.Board? Are these sorts of layout modification features available on your other products?

    6. Can you tell me more about Invision Power Services, Inc. (the company)? What is its value proposition and mission statement? Are there any individual major stakeholders behind the company whose material ownership could impact the sale of assets, the direction of development, or other business functions?

    7. What forums does IP view as its major competitors? And how do you differentiate yourself from these competitors?

    8. Do you anticipate your pricing structure for licenses and renewals to change significantly anytime in the near future?

    9. Are you running a promotion or sale for vBulletin customers, especially vBulletin Big Board converts? I would most likely be looking at purchasing permanent licenses for all of your software, so any discounts targetted for my demographic would help me make the pitch to our company.

    10. Does IP offer "universal search"? That is, will your Search enable users to search all resources (blogs, forums, content databases, galleries, etc.) with a single query?

    11. Because our site is on The Cloud (specifically, Mosso: The Rackspace Cloud), we have an atypical setup for our resources and databases, and as such, have only indirect access to our MySQL databases, and exports and imports tend to be cumbersome and require Cloud technician assistance. If we purchased your Conversion service, are your technicians well versed to handle a conversion of this magnitude and complexity, or do you recommend we handle the conversion in-house?

    Thanks!