I registered way back in October 2010 (where does the time go?!) and always expected to migrate from vBulletin to XenForo for obvious reasons but it's always been about timing. I'm hoping I can ask a series of questions in this thread to determine whether I can migrate now...
The forum in question is this one, ran on vBulletin since 2007 (Currently vBulletin 4x -22k Members, 60k threads, 2.4m posts - with 1.4m in the past year). It's not the biggest forum but it's well established and has a very loyal core membership - hence my anxiety over a potential upheaval.
I spoke to the owner of a similar forum called RedCafe who went through the same process;
(Links useful to others anxious over switching?... Particularly the membership praising the new look forum)
... He was very complimentary of XenForo and recommended the switch. Before doing so, I began by compiling my 'essentials' and to my disappointment, most "standard" mods on vBulletin seem to incur a cost on XenForo.
Take 'Ban Users from a thread' as an example, an important add on for my forum, one which is readily available for free on vBulletin. It was this type of feature I hoped would be default on XenForo but to my surprise, it's £19 on here?
I digress slightly, but I would be very appreciative if someone could kindly review the below 'Add Ons' I have on my vBulletin forum and advise if they're possible, and if so, whether they occur an added cost.
Moderation Queue - New members placed into a moderation queue. Their first 5 posts are moderated (via a front, forum facing notification), and afterwards, they're automatically 'Promoted' to another usergroup and can freely post?
Paid Subscriptions - Does XenForo allow for subscriptions that allow access to a private forum/small added perks - PM quota etc
Word Links - The option to auto link selected words to any destination you choose.
Advanced Reporting - A user reports a post. Their report can be viewed somewhere with an update supplied by a moderator.