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Switching to vBulletin
« on: January 31, 2011, 10:13:31 am »
I was thinking that could be use vBulletin ?

my clan forum uses vBulletin it's pretty cool you can have colored names, etc

read more from here

http://www.vbulletin.com/index.php?do=features

this is just a idea not a suggestion but it would be nice :P

http://www.vbulletin.com/

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Re: forum color....
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011, 10:46:18 am »
Unless somebody is volunteering to shell out $200-300 to purchase a copy of it, we will not be using vBulletin.  It's a great application, but it's not free.  Simple Machines, the platform we're currently using, is every bit as capable and efficient, and it's 100% free and open-source.
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Re: forum color....
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011, 12:12:32 pm »
ah yes I though that well. . . our leader is paying our Forum and TS3 server so ya :/

but we could add donate button ?

or is it against rules ?

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Re: forum color....
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2011, 01:50:42 pm »
I've been trying to get people to donate to the site for years, and thus far, we've raised a total of $170 since starting the site, not counting the thousands of dollars of my own money I've put into Lupinia and, by extension, FT.  But, there are other costs, like hosting for the server, plus we'll be needing a new/upgraded server at some point.  Switching to a new forum application is pretty low-priority, to be honest, it would take a large donation specifically earmarked for that purpose to make it happen.

EDIT:  After looking closely at vBulletin's features, I have to admit I'm intrigued, it has almost all of the features I plan to implement in the website I've been designing to go along with FT.  However, the price issue remains, it'd be $455 to get a full, un-branded copy of the complete vBulletin CMS suite.

So, if you (or anyone else) wants this to happen, show me the money.  Donation info is here
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Re: Switching to vBulletin
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011, 02:22:00 pm »
ya I could donate some thinking about to do it  :)

anyway I don't know where my clan leader get's the money but somehow he had

I was looking throw websites that are saying what is a good forum engine and I found this

http://www.invisionpower.com/products/board/

they said it's second best 149$. . . still  :(

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Re: Switching to vBulletin
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 02:47:23 pm »
I've used Invision, both as an admin and as a user, and never cared for it.  vB and SMF are the only options that suit us.
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Re: Switching to vBulletin
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011, 03:04:56 pm »
I checked out SMF site little and I though could we have some more themes to use ?

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Re: Switching to vBulletin
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2011, 03:16:34 pm »
There's already a thread about that.
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Re: Switching to vBulletin
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2011, 03:17:22 pm »
What's wrong with the layout we have now? I mean, we just changed it a few months ago. I think it works just fine.
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Re: Switching to vBulletin
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2011, 03:24:41 pm »
What's wrong with the layout we have now? I mean, we just changed it a few months ago. I think it works just fine.
I'm going to have to agree with this. Simplemachinesforums work well enough and is visually appealing. I don't see why we should spend $455 on something we do not need.
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Re: Switching to vBulletin
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2011, 03:31:17 pm »
Well, the real appeal of vBulletin isn't in the forum, but in the extra features it brings to the rest of the site.  Extended profiles, CMS, social groups, and dozens of other features are already built-in by a professional development team, features I'll have to write myself for SMF.  So, a switch to vBulletin would save me massive amounts of work and time.

So, I'll leave it at this.  If anyone wants us to switch to vBulletin, show me the money.  If I receive at least 50-60% of the cost of vBulletin, in donations earmarked for that purpose, I'll probably front the rest of the money myself, to save myself the work of re-inventing the wheel.
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Re: Switching to vBulletin
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2011, 03:34:52 pm »
I'm not advertising this but take a look at our clan forum

http://www.npgamers.net/content.php

you can see some of the features