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OK to run test site without license?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Thierry Martin, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. I bought a license, very happy with XenForo. I am buying another license, purchasing it next week, for another domain. Can I do a password protected admin-only install this weekend to get things setup and before going public pay for the new license? Or will I have to re-install XenForo for the new install to be legit once it is paid for and goes live?
  2. Martin F

    Martin F Member

    If you already own a license then;

    Quote is from Brogan in the thread Pre Sales FAQ

    I would suggest just putting a test install up. Sort it all out. Do a backup and then just "restore" it to where it adds all the boards for you when you go live. On the new installation that is.
  3. I read that, I don't want to do an install and three days later do another install. I wish to know if I can just remove the password protection once paid or do I have to install the whole thing again from a backup.
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You don't have to do a reinstall.

    You can just re-upload the files from the upgrade .zip, making sure not to overwrite or remove the config.php and install_lock.php files.
    whynot and Thierry Martin like this.
  5. Would keeping the board closed be considered the same as password protection?
  6. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  7. Is this not the same as just keeping the forum closed?
  8. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    No. Just keeping it closed it (and any content) can still be viewed. Protecting it via htaccess prevents anyone without a username/password combo from seeing anything.
  9. OK, thought the forum was inaccessible while closed. How do people view content while the forum is turned off via admin? Is there a misunderstanding about the word closed? To me that means turning it off in the admin. Are you referring to closing as in closing a thread?

    there is an on/off checkbox in Options > Board Active

    "When the board is inactive / closed, this message will be shown to site visitors."
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2014
  10. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The rules for running a test site are clearly defined, and Brogan has provided a link how to do it.

    ht protection stops access full stop without a username and password. The XenForo software is still available via closing the forum.

    If you wish to run a test forum, you need to comply with the rules, and currently that is via password protection.
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  11. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Yes, but the license states that the dev site must be password protected so that NO part of it is visible as @Brogan and @Slavik have already stated. Placing it under htaccess is very easy on nginx, Apache or OpenLiteSpeed.
  12. well Brogan also said "In practice though, disabling registration and revoking view permission for guests will achieve much the same thing."
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2014
  13. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    It will... but it's not within the scope of the license of a second "dev" install.

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