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Is XenForo An Ideal Solution For Non-Programmers?

#1
I need forum software that is non-programmer-friendly, meaning easy to install on a server, easy to customize, and easy to use add-ons with. Could someone like me get by with XenForo and grow a community with limited-to-know coding knowledge?

I've looked into using something like vBulletin 5 with their cloud hosting solution but the inability to even use custom themes is a deal breaker. I need something simple, reliable, and easy to learn if I really, really must get under the hood and make manual changes. Is XenForo right for me?
 

Slavik

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#2
I need forum software that is non-programmer-friendly, meaning easy to install on a server, easy to customize, and easy to use add-ons with. Could someone like me get by with XenForo and grow a community with limited-to-know coding knowledge?

I've looked into using something like vBulletin 5 with their cloud hosting solution but the inability to even use custom themes is a deal breaker. I need something simple, reliable, and easy to learn if I really, really must get under the hood and make manual changes. Is XenForo right for me?
In a word, yes.

XenForo is very easy to get along with :) And even a little bit of basic knowledge will let you do some pretty cool things.
 
#3
Thanks for the speedy reply!

I've not used servers or the like before and I'm curious about what that would entail. Is there a list of recommended server hosting solutions that XenForo gets along with somewhere out there? As I understand it, you download the forum software, install it onto the server, and it should just work, yes?

Thank you for tolerating my ignorance.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#4
We only supply the software so you would also need to purchase a domain (URL) and hosting (server).

If the hosting comes with cPanel, you can literally have XF installed in a couple of minutes from start to finish.

Most hosts should suffice but there is a check list on the purchase page here: https://xenforo.com/purchase/