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My Week's Experience With Xenforo

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by kaoticnick, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. kaoticnick

    kaoticnick Member

    Wow - didn't think this would turn out to be so long! :eek: Read on if you're bored and wanna read my review! :p

    So I've had my guitar website up since Halloween last year and it's been going great so far - lots of great content (all written by me) and good amount of search traffic. I'd been considering getting a forum going on it (hoping to capitalize on the decent amount of visitors I was getting) and considered using phpBB. I've used it in the past and couldn't deal with the spam bots - nor did I want to stress of installing mods/patches or whatever to avoid them. For that reason, I didn't even give phpBB a second thought - although I do have a LOT of respect for the team that works on creating and maintaining such a decent open source forum software. (y)

    Anyways, I came to the conclusion that I needed paid software that would stand up better to all the spam-my crap and probably come with better support too. Naturally, my first thought was vBulletin. Ever since 2007 when I was in grade 10 and had my first introduction to the internet webmaster...umm...environment, vBulletin was THE forum software of all the big sites. Unfortunately, when I was checking them out a few weeks ago I found lots of warnings that their quality had deteriorated and that they had changed their pricing model to something that looked nothing short of greedy :confused: Not so much because of the price itself but the way you practically have to buy a new license every year.

    That's when I accidentally discovered Xenforo on DigitalPoint. I think I was looking at a thread where someone was asking what was up with vBulletin lately and another guy told him to try Xenforo. Out of pure curiosity, I looked it up and landed on Xenforo.com and took a look around. The community forums just shocked me at first! It was soooo pretty! :D I swear that's the only word I can use to describe my first impression. The "eye candy" alone was convincing me that this was what I needed but I still looked at some other forums that used Xenforo and just couldn't believe how intuitive and smooth it was! It actually felt like a cross between a forum and a social network (and not just because you can "Like" posts) :D

    Anyways, fast forward to me scraping the money together and buying my license. The installation was amazingly simple - I don't even think it took five minutes and it was like two steps or something :p Since then, not one spam bot and the handful of users I've got so far love the forum and how smooth it is! :D I haven't seen a single bug or found ANYTHING to complain about - and I complain a lot about tech stuff! :p

    In short, I'm in love with Xenforo and I totally recommend everyone considering it to buy a license! That is all! :D

    P.S. Check out my guitar forum in my sig! :D
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  2. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Cool! Anyone using that much smileys must be a happy camper. :D
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  3. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Excellent review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
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  4. Sylar

    Sylar Well-Known Member

    I agree. Great review mate, describes my feelings exactly.
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  5. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us all, I felt the same way when I first laid eyes on Xenforo... and I still do :love:
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  6. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

  7. Alien

    Alien Well-Known Member

    We appreciate your input here, welcome to the family. ;)
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  8. kaoticnick

    kaoticnick Member

    @Kier - Yay! I feel important! (y):D

    @Everyone else - :)
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  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Cool site.
    FYI: There is a Wordpress integration with Xenforo.

    (1) Make Wordpress look like Xenforo:
    live demo at http://dev.shadowedsoul.net
    (2) Wordpress 3 Bridge
    Scary to think you almost picked inferior software ... you'd better thank Digitalpoint for their helpful users :)
  10. kaoticnick

    kaoticnick Member

    Thanks! :D

    I'll look into that over the weekend - summer job + website are eating up my time :p I glanced at it though and it looks convenient! Makes the layout more contiguous (y) :)

    LMAO! Harsh but true! :p And yeah - DP has its fair share of awesome ppl on it :D

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