If You are Thinking Of Buying/Switching to XenForo, Don't...

clockwork71

Member
Well, I went ahead about bought the forum software. So far I uploaded it, and apart from working without a domain name pointing at the forum (and the funky address....and plugging that into FileZilla) - I found it set up amazingly fast. "Playing" with the settings.

I figured "Why the hell not?" It's only $140, and the guy (Kier) seemed like he was in for a fight, I figured if nothing else it helps with the lawsuit a bit. I actually have seen the back end of VB, and have to admit this seems much easier so far.
 

SchmitzIT

Well-known member
I have to admit there are some really friggin' cool things here from what I have seen so far. To be honest - the one thing that I am looking for is an easy way to add .flv video to a post. (My forum will have about 30 static posts that have .flv, I know it can be done on VB, but everything I read suggests it's a *****.) As a side note, I only chose flv for size - I use Camtasia to record, and can do any of those formats......I would also only like the ability to do it - I don't need the readers to be able to pull that off either.
If something is not offered, you can always make a request. Worst case, Mike and Kier will tell you it will not be a default option, and you can ask/pay a coder to do it for you. Due to the software being new (and not gold yet), there's currently not as many add-ons and styles available, but that will change in the near future. And as a comparison, of the countless stylers and mod-coders vB had once, lots ceased their work, due to constantly having to do major updating with every new vB4 release-cycle.

You also mentioned that XF seems to be more developed for coders. While it definitly is more user-friendly towards coders and stylers, I also think it will be the better option when it comes to administrating it. The way the XF platform is built, it offers a robustness with its add-ons that you're unlikely to experience in vB. One of my main pet peeves is add-ons or modifications that get in one another's way, due to both trying to inject code at the same point, or similar issues like that. XenForo protects exactly against such scenarios.

As you already experienced, installing it is an absolute breeze. The same will apply when you're getting to update it. The last few updates I went through with vB 4.0* involved lots of sweat, tears, and chewing nails. XF, on the other hand updates like clockwork.

Truthfully, I am looking for ... the ability to have the rotating ads.... I am also interested in changing the look... Is there a way to make a front page that points to the forum and does things like update the "latest blog post" "latest articles" etc, etc.....
Have a look at xenAMS for ads, the styles, graphics or template modifications sub-forum for changing the look and feel, and xenPorta for the frontpage you're looking for.

HTH.

Oh, and welcome to the xF family :)
 

clockwork71

Member
If something is not offered, you can always make a request. Worst case, Mike and Kier will tell you it will not be a default option, and you can ask/pay a coder to do it for you. Due to the software being new (and not gold yet), there's currently not as many add-ons and styles available, but that will change in the near future. And as a comparison, of the countless stylers and mod-coders vB had once, lots ceased their work, due to constantly having to do major updating with every new vB4 release-cycle.

You also mentioned that XF seems to be more developed for coders. While it definitly is more user-friendly towards coders and stylers, I also think it will be the better option when it comes to administrating it. The way the XF platform is built, it offers a robustness with its add-ons that you're unlikely to experience in vB. One of my main pet peeves is add-ons or modifications that get in one another's way, due to both trying to inject code at the same point, or similar issues like that. XenForo protects exactly against such scenarios.

As you already experienced, installing it is an absolute breeze. The same will apply when you're getting to update it. The last few updates I went through with vB 4.0* involved lots of sweat, tears, and chewing nails. XF, on the other hand updates like clockwork.



Have a look at xenAMS for ads, the styles, graphics or template modifications sub-forum for changing the look and feel, and xenPorta for the frontpage you're looking for.

HTH.

Oh, and welcome to the xF family :)

Thanks. I actually found xenPorta shortly after writing that, and I think it might be just about right for me.
 

FredC

Well-known member
I actually only bought the software because of the Devs initials KMA ("Kiss My Ass").. and that's exactly how i feel about IB. :p So in reality i appreciate the entire XF team, because without all three of them i wouldn't get that Kiss My Ass feeling i get every time i port one of my sites from vB to XF. ;)
 

DoctorWatsOn

Well-known member
I actually only bought the software because of the Devs initials KMA ("Kiss My Ass").. and that's exactly how i feel about IB. :p So in reality i appreciate the entire XF team, because without all three of them i wouldn't get that Kiss My Ass feeling i get every time a port one of my other sites from vB to XF. ;)
LMAO - brillant!
 

dutchbb

Well-known member
awwwww....you mods changed my title :(

It was so much more intriguing before...you gave away the punchline!
Agreed, it draws you to the thread because you're interested in what the contra statements will be, only to find that there aren't :p It's not likely that people will read the former title and think 'I'm not buying this' they will always check out the thread content first.

You know these things happened 70 years ago too
 

Business Coach

Active member
i can assure you, that people will look at a thread telling them all the reasons NOT to buy, before they do one TO buy on the company's own forum...
 
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