Thread: XenForo vs IPB vs vBulletin
07-12-2016, 02:47 PM #26
07-12-2016, 09:57 PM #27
If you want to just pay for a forum software once and never upgrade/update then XF is $140 and vB is $249.
02-14-2017, 06:41 AM #28
I was a partner with another person who owned a forum a couple of years ago and our forum ran on vbulletin which was nice because I have been a member on a lot of forums that used vbulletin so I was familiar with a lot of it.
We had thought about switching to xenforo at one time because there were some features that we liked in xenforo. We tried the demo on xenforo and it was real nice but was a little different than the vbulletin that we were used to but it would have been easy to pick up.
These are the two that I would recommend using. IPB I don't know much about but I think that we looked at that one when we were going to change forum software and there was some reason we didn't like it. I can't remember what the reason was though.
I think that you also need to look at the license and all other costs before deciding which to use.
05-17-2017, 08:10 AM #29
I have previously used Vbulletin and was a very big fan of it until it was taken over, I have not used Xenforo but i hear it is very popular and great to work with as they have the old Vbulletin developers.
Myself i have chosen to work with IPB because it has the feature set i need to run my site how i want it.
They are all great forum systems and i might be thinking of trying out Xenforo in the future for another project maybe.
05-17-2017, 08:29 AM #30
I am wondering which features of IBB you like and need to run for your forum, if I can know I can suggest you same ones on vBulletin or Xenforo. I knew pretty much addons of vBulletin and Xenforo. I don't think they will miss some addons that IPB is having.
05-17-2017, 08:37 AM #31
I love the commerce system on IPB which integrates with the download system which enables me to have a good community marketplace, i also run a service side of things so using a classified system which again links into there commerce system so that our members can earn on our site aswell as our internal products and services.
We use a a points economy system but its a multi point system not just a singular point where the main points are currency converted.
we use a rules based system which rewards and automates certain tasks on the site
With the pages side of things we can create a custom pages to do exactly what we want and capture or work with any data we want which can all be permission based.
With the pages we are currently in the process in making a staff CRM out of it not yet finalized but its a work in progress.
this is a few things i am working with at the moment.
05-19-2017, 04:32 AM #32
A thing you should note when using IPB, for a large forum, it can be pretty weight to load pages, I heard complaints about this issue.
07-04-2017, 07:59 PM #33
I remember when vBulletin used to be the most popular forum software on the internet. Unfortunately it has disappeared with both XenForo and IPB rising up in popularity very quickly. Personally, I prefer XenForo and the main reason for that is the price. IPB can cost over $350 if you want several different modules added to the main IPB software. For some reason, they also require you to buy the Forum module seperately even though anyone that uses IPB use it as a forum. Plus I feel like XenForo feels a lot quickly and less bulky compared to IPB.
07-16-2017, 07:29 AM #34
I've seen some major display errors on VB. Nonetheless, though, it might just be due to lack of updates. However, besides that stuff, I cannot really make a strong opinion on VB. Anyway, my affection for XenForo is mostly driven by the fact I have the most experience with it. In other words, it's what I'm used to.
Oh, by the way, regarding the third one, IPB, I have nearly zero experience with it so I cannot comment, but based on what others have said it seems to be a solid product competing with XenForo and VB on an equal playing field.
10-24-2017, 03:16 PM #35
12-01-2017, 05:48 AM #36
I have interacted with Xenforo from a site I am subscribed in and I can say that it really has a beautiful look, User friendly and displays your details on the homepage
When it comes to a paid forum script, many will choose vBulletin because of the vast community of users ready to help support you and we all know user support is crucial in any software. It’s easy to find how-to articles, guides and videos about the features of vBulletin.
XenForo and IPB don’t have the same large community to support the software, but they both provide their own support.
The users of IPB swear it’s the best and for good reason. Advanced users will find it easier to work with and easier to customize than either vBulletin or XenForo.
XenForo has become a bit lost within the three because it hasn’t been developed at the same level as IPB or vBulletin.
Just looking at the features, vBulletin fits better for the beginner, while XenForo tries to target all users and IPB is the best choice for the advanced user.
As I always say, it all comes down to your preferences when choosing which software to use. Good luck in starting your own forum.
02-06-2018, 10:47 PM #37
I started off using invisionfree about 15 years ago, and we stuck with that free forum software for awhile. Then eventually once i got old enough to have money of my own, we switched the website to IPB because it had the same look and style (invisionfree was essentially a knock-off I believe). Recently, I built a website for a client and they wanted a forum... and they wanted Xenforo. I have now switched my own forums to Xenforo.
I like the way Xenforo looks a bit more than IPB, but I feel like IPB was much more easier to deal with in regards to Permissions and access to certain forums and whatnot. Xenforo is somewhat confusing at times.
07-22-2018, 03:57 AM #38
09-17-2018, 02:08 PM #39
Right now IPB and XenForo are the two hottest forum software’s around, if I had to pick one it would be IPB simply because I like the direction they are going and in terms of features, addons and design, IPB in my opinion is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of design, even XF.
I do like XenForo 2.0, it’s a big improvement and I would say if you are strapped for cash get XenForo but if you don’t mind paying a bit more go for IPB, you’ll not regret it IMO.
Now of course this is really subjective but I have used vBulletin and even BurningBoards (Woltlab) and I say they are behind IPB and XenForo.
09-17-2018, 03:00 PM #40
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