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IPB vs. vB

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Argh. I figured I'd share this blurb with everyone because it will vastly impact the functionality of our forum.

After carefully going over both invision power board and vbulletin, both are definitely two very different pieces of software. In terms of price, over a 3 year period both will cost us about the same, but with different functionality.

The pros of ipb are the following:

- Support there seems nicer to their community

- They actively work on their software

- They have more than one basic theme

- Their pm system is drastically improved over vbulletin

- They have an official gallery

Cons of ipb:

- Their gallery is not impressive

- In comparison to vbulletin, their reputation system is non-existent

- Their blogs cannot be categorized.

- Their permission settings seem inferior to vb's.

- Their mod community is noticeably smaller compared to vb's and seem to focus more on paid modifications.

- If their import script doesn't work, I'd have to pay them $60 to get our stuff transferred.

- Their facebook connect feature is very very basic and is only good for registering new facebook members.

Pros of vb:

- I know their coding, and I'm used to modifying it myself.

- Alot of basic functionality that we are used to now is still there (ipb is missing quite a few basic things that would drive me mad.)

- vB has almost all new developers, which I'm actually glad for because the software has been pretty stagnant for about a year now.

- The initial cost of vb 4 is cheaper for me over switching to ipb.

- vb will now include a CMS package.

- Their mod community is pretty damn big.

Cons of vb:

- This whole bullshit, 'buy this product right now crap or be screwed.'

- They have let basic feature requests go ignored for almost a year. (but they have new developers now.)

- They are heavily modding their forums to look cheerful and pleasant when they pissed off alot of people.

- Their album gallery functionality needs alot of work, (but it doesn't cost extra).

- We have no idea when vb 5 will actually be released. If its an earlier than 2-3 years, I'll feel a bit ripped off.

So wtf. Both of the forum packages seem like good pieces of software. But, we're pretty broke and I think we might end up having to go with vb after all, because its the cheaper of the two up front costs. Also, ipb's admin panel and functionality looks like a mess compared to what I'm used to with vb.

Someone stab me. :bleedout:


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hmmmmmmmmmm tough :/ let yourself deal with less frustration i guess. you already know vb. you'd have to go through and learn all the new stuff and in the end might not be happy with it, so i guess stick with vb until it pisses you off to the point of changing (or it tries to fly away with even MORE of your moneys...)


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cabbit is right, besides we're all pretty flexible...those of us who aren't just adapt over time


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After reading that, it sounds like vB is the better option, if they both cost the same, and vB is better overall in functionality (plus you wouldn't have to go through the pain of converting everything) then stick with what works. Although the customer service seems to be a bit crappy.

Its seems like vB knows they are the best, and until someone comes out with something to rival their programing, they wont kick their ass into high gear trying to be more innovative.


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