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Pre-Purchase Questions

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by m3commish, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    Hey there,

    I'm strongly considering purchasing this Xenforo forum software. I Do have a couple of questions, however.

    1. It says: Includes 12 months of ticket support and upgrades. Support and upgrade access can currently be extended for $40 for an additional 12 months.

    Question: So, It's 140 ... but after a year, do I still get to keep the forum software? Just without the ticket support and upgrades, correct?

    2. Do I need to have a server for Xenforo to go on ... or does Xenforo have their own servers?

    Edit: Actually, I think I just saw on these forums that you do ... but, would still be helpful to get a response for some information. Headed to work .. will check when I get home. :)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    1: You get access to the latest update before your license expired. So if 1.4.9 is released on August 15th, but your license expired on August 14th, you can download up to 1.4.8.
    2: Yes, you need to purchase hosting or your own server.
     
  3. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Correct.

    You need your own domain and hosting to run XenForo.
     
  4. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    I currently use godaddy for my domain and weekly for my website .... and thank you for the lightning quick responses! :)
     
  5. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    Can you download a database from weebly? It may be possible to convert.
     
  6. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    I'm going to check in with this later today for sure.
     
  7. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    So yeah .. Weebly, is unable to accommodate this, unfortunately. Further, one states above that I would need my own domain ... and host. Just not sure I want to uproot my current domain to another host ... just for the sake of a forum. I just need to figure out which direction I want to take with all this .. was hoping that Xenforo had their own servers making the process much easier and seamless. That being said, I don't know enough about it .. and may be a bit ignorant with what sort of options I may or may not have at this point. My current forum is through Proboards .. and site through Weebly. Both, quite simple.

    Any suggestions? Thanks for taking the time.
     
  8. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    I think someone converted proboards before, maybe they give the database upon request.
    The process is easy and seamless already, if you buy shared hosting they will often do it for you.
     
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    If you can't get a copy of the database then you don't really have any options as far as the existing content is concerned.

    Even if you could, you would still need a domain and host and some way of converting from Proboards, as there isn't an importer for that.
     
  10. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    It sounds like you have a domain already with godaddy, so you wouldn't need to buy another one (unless you intend on using a separate domain for your forum). As for hosting, you could simply upgrade your package at godaddy to a hosting one, though many of us here would probably recommend that you look at a better web host.
     
  11. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    I do have a domain with GD. I may look into upgrading my package at GD, but would be interested with any suggestions aside from them as well.
     
  12. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    That depends on the size of your forum (number of members, activity etc) and also your budget.
     
  13. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    Small ... and the budget is somewhere in the middle of the road.
     
  14. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Dirt
    Caliche
    Tar Sand
    Blacktop
    Concrete

    Several different levels of road material. ;)
     
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  15. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    So ... and while it's not one of those above ... https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/web-hosting.aspx I would just need to purchase one of these ... then here at Xenforo -- purchase the 140 - check the box to have it installed on my way to checkout and I should be good to go?

    We're such a small community, that I think this would work through GD. Thoughts?
     
  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It will work on GoDaddy - I have done numerous installations on that host.
     
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  17. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    What's got me somewhat nervous about putting this in motion ... is, I get the 140, I get the 50 for installation onto the server by someone here .. but the part where I'm nervous is .. I have zero experience with this part ( This does not include PHP or MySQL installation or configuration.) Is this something necessary? ... and is this something that the installer doesn't do? I feel like if it is something necessary .. I'm going to have spent the money to get to a point that I'm lost .. and even with help .. I might be lost even so. :/ I really want to use XF .. I'm just a bit unsure because of the aforementioned.
     
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Most servers come pre-installed and configured, unless it's bare bones and completely unmanaged.

    If it's GoDaddy, it will be ready to have XF installed on it.
     
  19. m3commish

    m3commish Active Member

    Niiiiice, Brogan. OK ... so, that makes me feel better. So it truly then comes down to just purchasing the license here ... throw in the 50 for someone to install it and I should be good to go after that .. with beginning to work on customizing my forum? :)
     
  20. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    More or less.

    You will also need to go through the various options, permissions, etc, and set them up as you want.
     

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