Vbulletin or IPB

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Hello,


Iam currently a IPB costumer, but not active. I wanna renew this software. before that I want you to tell me which software (vb or ipb) is the best?


thanks

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Since this is an IP.Board forum, you're probably not going to get many people telling you vBulletin is better. If you want unbiased reviews of software, it's best to go someplace that doesn't focus one of the brands of software you're wanting to compare. If you have specific questions about what IP.Board can do, you can ask them in the pre sales forum, this forum is not for discussion of IPS's products.

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My unbiased view is IPB is better... what... oh this ipb hat, tshirt i'm wearing and flag i'm waving... erm :ph34r:

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Well as someone that isn't part of the staff, developers or cheering section but has ran both systems... I will say without a doubt IPB.

For me, it's more, much more than the software itself. It's the community that is behind it and supports it. If it were JUST about the script, then you can get them for free, but with those there is no support, or lacking in support.

With IPB I can safely know my site will be up and running and if there is a problem I will have help fixing it. Since January when I downloaded the script I have used these forum and ticket support for a lot of things and each one of them has been answered. I have been only with IPB since April and I love it, my members love it and my SEO ranking loves it.

Weigh all that with the cost to run this system vs vB can it's easily to see, that without a doubt, without a second thought IPB wins over the others hands down.

Jamie
ok, so maybe I am part of the cheering section... :)

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[quote name='A Walk in Faith' timestamp='1286204783' post='2025733']
ok, so maybe I am part of the cheering section... :)


/me looks at the blue and white pom poms your holding... :cheer: (management update this emoticon).

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I have both IPB on day 0.0.1 and VB on old dos days BBS

I love IPB

And I hate new price off VB
All the things i mis in IPB, I use VB.

if I a star a new forum I will use IPB . :devil:
That all

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Never ask these kinds of questions here.

Guess what? Everyone here is going to say IPB is better, it has a better community, better plug-ins, more available skins, etc.

Now go ask the same thing on the vBulletin Customer Forums and guess what?

Everyone there is going to say vB is better, it has a better community, better plug-ins, more available styles, etc.

Or go to XenForo, phpBB, MyBB, etc. and ask what is the best board software. Chances are people will be endorsing the native board software.

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[quote name='SantaFighter' timestamp='1286189350' post='2025594']
Hello,

Iam currently a IPB costumer, but not active. I wanna renew this software. before that I want you to tell me which software (vb or ipb) is the best?

thanks


Hi,

Tell us a bit more about yourself - are you comfortable messing with code / tweaking servers / etc., or are you a techno-newbie?

Do you just want forums? or do you want chat, gallery, downloads, etc.?

Do you have an active site? and if so, how many users / posts?

Have you tried any demo's of the different platforms available?

This exxtra info will help us give you better guidance about what may or may not be more suitable for your needs.

Cheers,
Shaun :D

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We're clients of IPB because we most likely think it's the best forum software out there at a competitively good price. vBulletin isn't bad really as a forum core; I just heard it's harder to skin, more expensive, and weak customer support.

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I would say vBulletin all the way.

That was sarcasm...

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S.F., I used vBulletin for five years (OK, OK, 4 years and 9 months) before converting four sites to IPB, 11 months ago. I have opened one more site since, also on IPB. I have no regrets, whatsoever. None.

The people associated with Invision are super, top to bottom. The software performance is solid as a rock. The community is extremely friendly and always willing to help. Any one of those makes my Invision licensing costs a true bargain. Put together? It's an unbeatable combination. You could not pay me to switch back to vBulletin (Or to switch to any other forum software, for that matter). I have found some of Invision's strongest selling points have to be experienced, to be fully appreciated. How can I adequately describe what it means when IPB developers and tech personnel go out of their way to help make my sites the best they can be? Better yet, how can I put a price on that level of customer service?

My sites run faster, present less load on the server, experience more traffic and produce more revenue than they ever did on vBulletin. It doubtless gives Charles cold chills :lol:, but I'm not budging off Invision, as long as I own forum sites.

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Like above I've used VB and switched to IPB, the community is tighter and less saturated with junk. I prefer IPB. :)

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I am a VB customer of 8 years, and just made the switch to iPB today. After using about 6 demos i determined IPB was better for my type of community because new members claimed vb wasnt user friendly and the spam was out of control. I personally have been treated very well by the IPB community, and i get attention and responses fast. I even had a custom hack (hook sorry) made at a very good price here. My community has 100 k members and over 7 million posts, so it took alot for me to make the switch.

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[quote name='LBDC1004' timestamp='1286309623' post='2026246']
I am a VB customer of 8 years, and just made the switch to iPB today. After using about 6 demos i determined IPB was better for my type of community because new members claimed vb wasnt user friendly and the spam was out of control. I personally have been treated very well by the IPB community, and i get attention and responses fast. I even had a custom hack (hook sorry) made at a very good price here. My community has 100 k members and over 7 million posts, so it took alot for me to make the switch.


Wow, that's a huge community. Hope everything continues going well (or, improves even) for you. :)

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I've toyed with vB, and imo the ACP could've been laid out better by a first grader.

With IPB, the ACP is amazing, the only problem I have with 3.1.2 is the ACP dashboard changing.

So, IPB FTW!!

Edited by xLemur

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[quote name='SantaFighter' timestamp='1286189350' post='2025594']
Iam currently a IPB costumer, but not active. I wanna renew this software. before that I want you to tell me which software (vb or ipb) is the best?

Personally, I believe IPB is better which is why I started using it long ago.

Being objective though, it comes down to what your needs are. For either product, there will be pros and cons. So it really depends on which one would suit your needs better than the other.

If you want to look at things from a cost standpoint, it would most likely be less expensive to renew your license than to purchase a vB license. I say most likely because depending on how long ago your license was purchase, it may not be renewable. If it is, then you're look at a minimal renewal cost compared to the cost of a brand new license.

If you want to consider the customer satisfaction factor, then you would need to find a site, such as TAZ, where you can get feedback from users of each with less fear of the material being edited or deleted to save face for the company.

If you're interested in what your visitors will find easier to use, then things such as familiarity, skin design and overall site layout can have a huge impact on it.

Since you already have a license, even if expired, you are going to be more familiar with IPB and how it functions, so from an admin perspective it would be easier for you to work with. You can try the demo for IPB and the add-ons and I'm sure vB has a way for you to demo their product as well. That's another way to decide which you feel will work better for you.

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You're asking on a IPB forum, you know that right? Anyone saying "go for vbulletin" is being sarcastic, just for your information... :P

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http://www.theadminzone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72001

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Well on my perspective I've never like the layout of vB and the price too.

IPB is very user friendly and although I've never used vB I'd never switch there just because of feedback I've heard months by months etc.

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Before purchasing IPB or Vbulletin I demoed them both (I was on Mybb at the time). And after trying out IPB (which I loved) I went to Vbulletin. It went alright until I went into the Admin Cp. After seeing it, I was disgusted at how cluttered it was, and then x'ed out and went back to IPB. So, from a neutral standpoint - IPB all the way! :D

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The best way of doing a comparison between vBulletin 4 and IPB 3 is check the queries, I have bench tested both now. I still have a vBulletin license, and bought vitually the whole suite of IPB apart from the IP.Blog.

The first test I did today after vbulletin released 4.0.8 was their vBcms - now down to 100 queries and 10 non-cached templates, and still has over 1,200 bugs unresolved.

If you look at IP.Portal or IP.Content the query count is around 80-90% lower!

I personally used vBulletin for 5 years, but since IB took over from Jelsoft their software has just gone from bad to worse. When clients of mine started asking me which is better back in February this year, I had already started pointing them to IPB. I would not recommend anyone anymore to use vBulletin, they have had series 4 out now for nearly a year, and it is a shambles, even a lot of old series 3 code still in it, css well that is just another nightmare.

I can honestly say since I been with IPB I have only ever fixed 1 issue for a client, whereas with vB4 I have lost count - most errors that come from it are database related, crashed tables, mixed collations, the list is endless.

I did initially start to code some mods for vbulletin 4, but after every new release they had updated the css again and broke the mods - perhaps one day it will be a solid product, but no one knows the answer to that! They keep adding new features and breaking others, the bug count went down by 500+ between 4.0.7 and 4.0.8 - yet you only have to look at their forums to see the amount of issues their latest release is causing.

IPB - a definate yes!
vB - a definate NO!

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IPB no question is the best overall forum solution right now and will likely remain so in the distant future. :thumbsup:

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We can't really tell you what to use, you need to check both sites and make a comparison of your own.

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[quote name='killzone' timestamp='1287722242' post='2032433']
We can't really tell you what to use, you need to check both sites and make a comparison of your own.

Thats pretty much what he just posted.

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what is VB? i never register on a site uses vB and i've never seen a vB ACP.. (that shows how much i hate it).. its just UGLY from outside and sure is not as beautiful as IPB from the inside :rolleyes:

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