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Choose vBulletin or Xenforo: popularity

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by grunnerdie, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. grunnerdie

    grunnerdie Member

    Hi, I am making my decision to purchase a forum software for my new site. I don't care much about functionality but instead I want to make sure my site has a best forum software in the near future.

    Xenforo is growing, what is its usage compare to vBulletin now? marketshare? Is is going to beat vBulletin in the near future?

    Do you have estimation how many new license purchases Xenforo have each day? and vBulletin? (now & future)

    Thank you for reading my post.
  2. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    This isn't really the best place to ask since you will receive biased answers.

    Try them both out and see which one you like better yourself.
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  3. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Your coming to a somewhat biased crowd, with that said... you should never go with something because of marketshare, go with what works for you.
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  4. grunnerdie

    grunnerdie Member

    Thank you for your posts. But the questions are still unanswered. I now think it's best to post my questions in another place (not on this community).
  5. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    Neither company publishes sales figures as far as I know. XenForo is thriving and moving forward. Coming to official support forums will give you biased answers, but several large forums have moved away from vBulletin to XenForo.
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  6. SchmitzIT

    SchmitzIT Well-Known Member

    As Jeremy stated, sales figures are not made public. If you want the best forum software though, go for XenForo. It uses roughly half the server resources that vBulletin does, and I'm still converting lots of vBulletin forums to XenForo for customers. It seems that people are starting to realize that vB got as good as it gets a few years ago, and is just sliding further down the ****ter with every new release.

    I haven't been there for ages, but the last time I checked their "Licensed customer feedback" area, it was full of people complaining about the state of the software.
  7. oman

    oman Well-Known Member

  8. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    If you are talking marketshare, my guess is that vBulletin has a bigger market share, simply because it is a more established software. Popularity is debatable, and very much depends on who you are talking to. As to what you should choose, you should figure that out for your own. Look at the demo for each, and see what fits you the most. If you have any specific questions, it would be better to ask those over a general recommendation.
  9. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    vBulletin does have a large marketshare, but xenForo is rising in popularity.

    However, you shouldn't base your decision around "which one has a bigger marketshare." You should make your decision based on what you think is best for your site.

    vBulletin has been getting a lot of hackings left and right as of late. Then not to be outdone: vBulletin has been getting a lot buggier as they launch new software class (I.E. vB4 > vB5).
  10. Saeed

    Saeed Well-Known Member

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  11. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

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  12. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Yes, indeed. Very interesting. That means xenForo continues to rise in popularity to the point of getting vBulletin customers onboard! :)
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  13. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised that XF's market share is that high (higher than IPB). If you consider VB3.8 as effectively a different piece of software (it's unlikely they'll ever migrate) then VB only has about double the market share that XF has (40% vs 20%) which is pretty amazing.
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  14. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I can't see what market share has to do with deciding to use one or the other. Which to use depends on how good the features are for your particular project.
    So this question does not belong in pre sales.
  15. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    People here are nice, when they tell you, they might be biased...

    I for my part now work with vB for ~10 years. Guess, why I'm here... I will be switching from vB -> xF soon.

    My personel comment on vB is... There is an old wisdom from the Dakota indians: "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."
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  16. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    If you flip the charts into historical mode, you can see the month to month trends... Which is way more interesting than the pie charts which are as of "now".
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  17. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    Interesting chart. I should have never updated to a higher release than 3.8 for vb. That was the biggest technological mistake in my admins life.
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  18. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    4.x really wasn't bad. I used it for years.
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  19. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    I upgraded to 4.0.3 and lost a third of user activity / page impressions / visitors. It took me a lot of time to get rid of the then-really-weird-design flaws which were mostly solved in 4.1. Guess I spend like 80 hours just on their bug reporting system JIRA . The 4 series proved then being stable and good from an admins point of view, but I still enjoy being on a 3 series vbulletin from the design perspective like in http://forums.macrumors.com/.
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  20. Mike Edge

    Mike Edge Formerly Da Bookie Mon

    Most of the vB community will tell you pick xF too as most of that community are ppl that switched to xF and just still hang around the forums there cause they did for years and years,

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