The number is an average over the entire 48 hours. You could have 480 users online at for one hour and then have the board be deserted for the next 47, and still be fine on the 10 user plan. So long as you don't exceed an average of 10 users on your board over any given 48-hour period, you won't have to upgrade your plan (and if you occasionally exceed the limit but are under it most of the time, IPS will often ignore it).
Could you give me a link to this? I wasn't able to find any mention of it in the announcements forum or tracker, and hotfixes are usually released for any significant security issues.
Also, how would a properly formed htaccess be bypassable?
More to the point: IPB is extremely secure, and it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to find a more secure piece of forum software: To my knowledge, it's been literally years since a major security vulnerability was found. As said, you shouldn't assume that it will keep the rest of your site safe, but assuming your server and any other software that you use are well-secured, you should be completely fine. Many major companies use IPB and have had no issues with it.
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What do you mean?The best part - private chats are still supported!You were considering to remove private chat function??? If so what good is it without this feature. lol
He meant on the mobile skin. ;) -- Given that mobile devices are known for not having good support for lots of sites/technologies, he was letting us know that they've made private chats work on them as well as the on the regular skin.
Most of this has already been mentioned, but to put everything in one post:
-Faster updates and development. SMF (one of the most popular free forums), for example, took four years to go from 2.0 Beta 1 to 2.0 Final. About four years ago, IPB 2.3.0 was released, and in that time IPS developed and released 3.0.x, 3.1.x, and 3.2.x, each of which was a major version upgrade with many new features (3.0.x was even a complete rewrite). Who knows how much more time was taken to develop SMF 2.0 from the beginning... Other free software frequently follows similar slow release schedules: phpBB (another popular free forum) has been on 3.0.x (its most recent major version) for almost four years as well, and has added very few new features since then. In contrast, as stated earlier, IPB has a full-time development team working constantly to bring out updates, and the results are self-evident.
-More features. Many of IPB's standard features are either unavailable in free software or require third-party mods to accomplish (which often don't work very well).
-Better design. IPB's administrator panel is literally years ahead of those of free software, and the same thing goes for the end-user interface. IPB is by far the best-looking and easiest to use forum software out there.
-Security. IPS can afford full security audits of the software, so there are no known security issues. If I remember correctly, it's been literally years since any major security holes were found in IPB.
-Support. With your license, you get ticket support with a guaranteed response time of two days (much faster for critical issues), and most issues generally see a reply in several hours assuming it's during the work week. I've used it a number of times, and the responses have always been prompt, professional and extremely helpful, which I'm sure other members will be able to confirm.
-Addons developed by the same company. If you need a blog, gallery, CMS, download manager, chat room, or e-commerce solution for other forums, virtually none have good ones that aren't third-party, but these addons for IPB are 1) reasonably cheap and 2) extremely high-quality. If you're running anything more than a small hobbyist site, then it's a no-brainer.
-If you want a new skin but don't know how to code one yourself, the built-in visual skin editor will be extremely helpful (unlike other forums, which force you to edit the skin code manually, use a low-quality free skin, or hire someone to make a skin for you).
Alternately, if you don't want to manually type the bbcodes, click the 'special bbcode' tag (third from the top left) and select Media to insert media from most major sources (not just Youtube), and click the Image button (around the middle of the second editor bar) to insert an image.
There was an addon for comments with reputation back in 3.0.x, however I'm not aware of any addon providing this functionality for 3.2.x. If you really need the feature, you could almost certainly find a custom coder who could do it for you, although it might be somewhat expensive. (It'd also be the same thing for converting to the social groups addon -- The data would probably be convertable, but hiring a coder to write a script might be quite costly.)
The business/enterprise licenses guarantee ticket responses on the same business day, and the enterprise licenses have 24/7 emergency support for critical issues. Forum support is not the primary support method, and as such won't have the same response time; it's more for casual questions than major ones.