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Questions about xenForo before buying

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Bandalar, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Bandalar

    Bandalar New Member


    I will be creating a forum over the next few days and I'm very interested in xenForo. I was gonna go with VB 4, but having read good things about XF I'm now unsure. I need some more info on XF before I take the plunge:

    1. How resistant to spam is xenforo? I know this is something VB is well known for.
    2. How good is XF for SEO? This is the most important consideration for me.
    3. Is the XF team still active and updating the software?
    4. I plan on creating a system where members gain points for various tasks (posting, creating a thread, getting their thread voted up/getting reputation points, etc). They will then be able to redeem points for a gift certificate or something like (doesnt need to be completely automated, can be more like a contact form). Does software like this already exist? And if not, how easy would it be to create?
    5. Are there any other advantages/disadvantages versus VB?

    Thank you!
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    1. XenForo is as good as any other software. It is a problem, not due to the software, but because forum spam is just a prevalent problem. To help mitigate it there is built in CAPTCHA (question and answer CAPTCHA is probably most effective) or reCAPTCHA (not as good as it used to be). There's a few add-ons been released recently which adds different CAPTCHA systems such as KeyCAPTCHA and others which are proving quite effective.

    2. XF is great for SEO. It has built in friendly URLs, HTML5 microdata and much more with a view to ensuring the most optimised SEO available out of the box. I don't hear of people having to do much to improve SEO in XF.

    3. Not at the moment. The next version of XenForo should be version 1.2 but unfortunately it is delayed. I will quote here the post I normally post in threads like this, which may answer some questions.

    4. This is built in to XenForo. Have a look at the XenForo manual for "Trophies" and "Trophy Points". You can set criteria for different trophies.

    5. vBulletin was its most successful and most popular around version 2.x and 3.x. The lead developers at this time were Kier Darby and Mike Sullivan. They left before vBulletin 4 was released. They began work on XenForo. vBulletin 4 isn't as good as vBulletin 3 and vBulletin 5 (beta) is even worse. XenForo (IMO) is better.

    Here's an explanation on what's currently going on at XenForo:
  3. Pygmalion2008

    Pygmalion2008 Member

    Glad to find this thread. :) I have my Beta of Xenforo set up for migration of my current vBulletin 4 site, and I will NOT be moving into vBulletin 5 under any circumstances. The only thing holding me back was this lawsuit, and Im hoping that Xenforo prevails. Its the best out there by far. (y)
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  4. Pygmalion2008

    Pygmalion2008 Member

    I have just migrated my GateFans Forums to Xenforo and said goodbye to vBulletin forever. I have been a vBulletin user since version 1.1 , and they peaked out with vB 3x. vBulletin 4 has been okay, but it is so bloated and unmanageable now that I think anybody not familiar with it would be turned off right away. Im turned off with the behaviors of the other brand and even if Xenforo stays at this version it is still a superior product over what they offer. I hope developers will get excited about this and hopefully we can see an end to this silly and petty lawsuit.

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  5. hawker

    hawker Member

    Welcome to xenforo - I hope they prevail too. vBulletin was good software - but after vBulletin 4 everything has gone down hill rapidly. It makes sense to go after xenforo, people are turning away in droves. phpbb seems to be getting a lot of people back too.

    Anyway - on a personal note, your forum looks good, if you haven't looked deeper into spam yet, highly recommend you install this: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/stop-forum-spam.5417/

    I got a heap of spam after I switched to xenforo, didn't think I'd ever stop it. Installed this and it's working out great :)

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