I've spend the last three months preparing to move AVForums to Xenforo...
A lot of time spent deciding what existing addons we can use. At times, persuading those addon authors to add certain bits of functionality we need with varying degrees of success. Have experienced superb understanding and support from some clever and friendly people.
A lot of time deciding what addons we need to have coded for us, and creating all new specifications to evolve the vBulletin plugins into better Xenforo equivalents. Working with Chris Deeming to bring these addons to life. He's dedicated so much time to helping us that his media gallery is long overdue an update. Great bloke, is Chris.
We'll be going live (in a few short weeks) with over 40 addons.
Occasionally surprised at some obvious missing functionality like birthday emails. But frequently surprised at how easy (I am told) it has been to reproduce this kind of functionality in Xenforo.
I'm often enthused by the quality and quantity of addons. Refreshing the Resource section multiple times daily.
Enthused also to hear that Xenforo is gaining market share with 50% more installs than IPB (https://tools.digitalpoint.com/cookie-search). I'm delighting in the obvious demise of vBulletin.
I'm looking forward to learning to code in XF myself. I should have done this last year to save myself a wad of cash, but it can be a busy time running a business and a forum. And XF coding, requiring JS, jQuery, CSS and PHP classes experience is a long way from the skill sets I accumulated in my 34 years of computer programming.
What I like most is that it's intuitive and flashy at the same time. And also I have faith in the platform and the code. I lost that faith in vBulletin in 2009. I guess I'm investing in the people behind the product. It will be nice to get back on to a forum platform in which I have confidence, both now in the code and SEO, and also in its future. I love Xenforo.