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Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Fred Sherman, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    First some comments. I find it a bit frustrating that I can't view upload images in the styles forum. Part of deciding whether or not to invest in xF is going to be in how easy it is to modify. I think you should be able to make some distinction between image/video files and code/text.
    Secondly, WOW! It looks fresh and innovative with new apporaches to old challenges. It responds faster and cleaner. Its a much better user experience.
    That said, I'll a little taken aback by selling a beta. I've done beta testing for many companies. Not even the Evil Empire in Redmond charges for betas. The combination of beta code and the albeit seemingly baseless legal action by IB, has me sitting tight on my wallet for the moment. But as soon as the situation clears, this software is set to make a clean sweep of my VB & IPB installs. Nicely done!
    Now for the questions...
    How solid is the conversion utilities from VB3, VB4 and IPB?
    Is anyone offering proven migration services?
    Has a mod community surfaced or is it all pretty well centralized here?
    OO design should make mods, extensions and interoperability with thrid party software much easier than some other Cali-Euro offerings, yes?
    Overall impression is this is incredibly well done. No reason that a few years from now this software shouldn't have the major market share in its space.
     
  2. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    > How solid is the conversion utilities from VB3, VB4 and IPB?

    vB3 and vB4 are solid. I have personally done several vB3 imports. And the vB4 importer (though unofficial) is based on the vB3 importer.

    There is no IPB importer right now (official or unofficial). But many people have imported from IPB through vB. This method works perfectly fine but it requires more effort. Here is one problem you need to be aware of regarding user prefs:

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/private-messages-and-email.8463/#post-117050

    > Is anyone offering proven migration services?

    xenfans.com has a service:

    http://xenfans.com/pages/services/

    > Has a mod community surfaced or is it all pretty well centralized here?

    It is centralized here.

    > OO design should make mods, extensions and interoperability with thrid party software much easier than some other Cali-Euro offerings, yes?

    In short, yes. The MVC framework employed by xenForo affords rapid development of new features.
     
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  3. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the answers. I went immediately to xenfans.com and was even happier to see that it was Floris! I'm just loving the potential of xF right now!
     
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  4. Decent60

    Decent60 Well-Known Member

    Although it is still in BETA stage, you are buying a license that will migrate over to the "Gold" release and then support will officially be started. By purchasing that now, you have the ability to provide feedback and get help throughout the community with reasonable manner. This means that when the "Gold" form is released, you'll be well prepared for it and know if your server will need higher specifications and be able to contribute to the final release that is being made. Those who view this site (which is constantly updated as they get things finalized) is the official demo site, minus back-end control.
     
  5. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    I could buy that argument if the 12 months of support began from the day of the Gold Release and not the purchase date of the beta. The purchase page says it includes one year of ticket support and upgrade access, but elsewhere says there is no support except the forums for beta. If someone can confirm that 1 year clock doesn't start ticking until the gold release, I'd buy my first copy in the next 24 hours!
     
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That's exactly how it works.

    During the Beta phase support is limited to the forums.

    Once the software is released as the first stable version, the 12 months of official support with a ticket system will start from that date.

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/beta-release-date-and-pricing.3876/
     
  7. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    Sweet! Okay, I'm convinced.
     
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  8. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    There is one place you can see what people are doing with their XF forums: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/show-us-your-xf.4961/
    That should tell you how easy it is to style.
     
  9. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    As of a minute ago, its no longer a problem. First conversion of the software that is not to be mentioned begins now.
     
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  10. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome aboard :)
     
  11. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Hey Fred! :)

    I just got your email, while reading through this thread, and responded to it.
     
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  12. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Funny Farm and enjoy! You will love XF. [​IMG]
     

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