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Open Beta or similar?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Slavik, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Well, after having a look around and checking out some of those awesome vids I am eagerly anticipating trying this forum software for myself.

    Now while I appreciate the Dev's may want to keep things small to start with, do we know of any plans for an open beta? I would love to have a tinker around and see how this compares to vb4 in the backend, and with customising, but I wouldn't realy want to drop $100 for something I am not entirely sure on yet, mainly as I can't afford $100 just to try something at the moment as much as I would like to :(

    The other hand, would anyone setting up a beta on their server who knows they are 100% going to go with this software be willing to set up a test forum and set up an admin account that I could tinker around and play in at my leasure for a few days when the beta does get released?


  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    No open beta from the XF owners.

    Someone may be prepared to set up a test site as you suggest but I suspect you're not the only one who would want access to it and hence it would be swamped.
  3. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    i imagine once it is out, some folks here might set up demo installations for folks to play around with. it should not be a very hard thing to do and a couple of folks are buying multiple licenses that might not get used immediately.
  4. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I know what you mean, however possibly setting up a small script might make things easier? And possibly something to run here on the XF site where you can trial the software for 24 hours. It wouldn't be too difficult, just a default db and default set of files coppied to a new db and subfolder. But I imagine there are others like me who would like to try before buying so to speak.
  5. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    i would want to try it out before purchasing it. but looking at my disgust for vb4. i would buy it during the sale period.

    switching from vb to xf is going to be a very crucial decision for me. my forum is practically my livelihood. vb+vbseo has been pretty good to me.

    just hate what i got after paying for vb4!
  6. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Same here, my current vb4 forum is my livelihood, and if I am going to move to another system I need to know it was worth it. Not to mention the loss of a lot of custom mods commisioned specifically for my forum.
  7. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I don't know about you, but I bought vB4 site [sic] unseen.
    At least here you are seeing an example of what is being offered.

    I plan to only update my 3.8 forum and start a new one.

    I'll be buying two licenses. I have so much more faith here than I did with IB.
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  8. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    argh. searching this forum is always a pain.

    i think the developers had stated that you can have multiple test installations of the same license as long as they are for 'testing' and not publicly accessible!

    i need to find that post here to confirm my belief.

    if you do not find any other alternative, contact me after the release of beta. and i might be able to help you out.


    hah. yeah. i had no idea about the development of vb4. i just visited the site for the mods and latest updates.

    one fine day, i get to hear about vb4 launch. i was forced to make a choice. order the cms edition for cheap. or order the forum edition for slightly lower price. if i do not decide now, i would be forced to pay a bounty for either of them at a later stage.

    i thought about it for 2-3 days. went for the cms package. was majorly disappointed!
  9. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    If you will need those custom mods before you can switch, then perhaps at some point in the future they may have the ability to test drive the admin side of things before you spend the money for a license.

    As far as I can tell they are extremely busy finishing up the software. Until it is done it makes no sense to me to display the backend publicly because it is still changing.

    If they did have the ability to publicly display the backend, then don't you think they may be inundated with questions? And not have time to finish writing the code?
  10. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    Essentially that is the open beta. You buy a license, download the beta and start testing/doing whatever. Allowing free downloads as a demo doesn't seem to be in the plans.


    Kier mentions it half-way through.
  11. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    hah just found that thread myself. right. one test installation other than primary installation.
  12. CurveGotti

    CurveGotti Active Member

    For those people who can not afford to pay for a license just to test, I am sure it won't take long before http://www.forum-software.org purchases a license and allows users to test the software for themselves. They allow you to play with the front and back end of pretty much all of the software out there.

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