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Selling Xenforo to your vB users. How would/did you do it?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Stuart Wright, May 18, 2013.

  1. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    So we all know that Xenforo is better than vBulletin, but my vB3.8.2 members will have got very used to the way things work on AVForums.
    And we all know that people don't like change, even when it's clearly for the better.
    So what would/did you tell your vBulletin forum members about Xenforo to convince them ahead of time (or just after your migration) that it's a change worth making?
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  2. TheBoss

    TheBoss Well-Known Member

    I told them 2 things..

    A: The creators of XenForo were the original coders of vB3.8. and they had built/coded a better script from the ground up. Also told them it didnt have as many addons and extras yet but they will follow in time...

    B: I was changing it anyway since I was the muppet who was constantly having to do back end work on vB4.0 Suite and really couldnt afford the time to do so.

    Didnt get one single negative response...

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  3. zooki

    zooki Active Member

    Hi, my site was relatively large and busy, with 100,000 registered users.

    I made a new thread, told them we were going to have some changes to make the site better, easier to use. That times are changing and we want the best for our users and future of our site. : ) I also said that yes, it might take a bit of getting used to, and that some might want to complain, but to have patience.

    That kind of stopped the usual few members who want to "rant" to keep their mouths closed, and it made the more loyal and loving users to give it a thumbs up.

    I pretty much would have made the changes anyway.
  4. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I didn't tell them anything. I showed them first-hand and I'm a strong believer in that xenforo really does sell itself.
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  5. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

  6. speedway

    speedway Well-Known Member

    While my site is struggling to come back to what it was, I opened up a tes site and let people go play. Everyone responded with how easy it was to use over vBulletin. So far I have only had one negative comment and that was mainly due to the speed of the user ISP slowing down their access. Now I have changed over the positive are still continuing.
  7. TheBoss

    TheBoss Well-Known Member

    I did however install a test board and imported the live board database into it and let the other Admins and Crew have a play around for a few days before showing to the rest of the membership..

    Admins and Crew all said it was far easier to work with and none of them had even seen or heard of xenForo before that..

  8. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member


    In fact, Shelley and I got up one day, converted Admin Extra to XenForo ... "as a test".... and then took it live pretty much the same day with no warning :D
  9. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I created a demo site then posted a video showing them how it worked.

    Smoothest migration I've done - in terms of membership feedback.

    They took to XF like ducks to water. :D
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  10. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Here you go:
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  11. speedway

    speedway Well-Known Member

    Cool video. I would sound terrible doing one but a damn good idea nonetheless :)
  12. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    One of the big board clients I have hired me to re-create the vB3 style for them to ease their users into the switch to XenForo.
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  13. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Thanks, all. Might make a video. Where to start on the changes, though?
    Pretty much essential to get a sandbox up and running for the moderators to play with, I think.
    It's important that they have all the tools they need.
  14. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    That's a very good point - one of the mistakes I made when I moved from vB to IPB was to commission a "cool" new look; forgetting (in my enthusiasm) that people don't really like wholesale change!!!
  15. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    We just told them it was happening, gave them a preview and let them have input on the test boards before making it live.
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  16. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    That's pretty much what I did. After vB turned into a massive Kilo Foxtrot, it didn't take much convincing either.
  17. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

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  18. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member


    MOAR COFFEE!!!!!!!
  19. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

  20. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    I didn't tell them, they just woke up one day and it was different. :)
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