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Test version?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Trombones13, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    I apologize if a similar thread has already been made on this subject--I haven't been keeping up too well over here, haha.

    Anyway, I was hoping to be able to get XF for the forum I administrate, but don't own, but the owner doesn't want to switch from vB yet. I kind of want to get a copy just to play with (to attempt to make skins and/or modifications), but I can't find a reason for me to have a forum of my own. Are there/will there be any "test" versions of XenForo that I could just use to play with things without actually purchasing a forum?

    Thanks in advance. :)

    p.s. (probably a silly question) I'm also confused about "server requirements." For example, I used to have a forum on ZetaBoards and didn't need any special hardware. Is the same true for XF, or do I need fancy server knowledge and whatnot? :p
  2. Lycaon

    Lycaon Well-Known Member

    Not sure about being able to test it.

    For the server requirements Mike posted a script to test your server here.
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

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  4. Lawrence

    Lawrence Well-Known Member

    If you do not want to run your own forum, you can still purchase a copy to install on your PC for testing and creating Addons. You will need to have a server set up on your PC to do so. I use Zend (the free version), found here: http://www.zend.com/products/server-ce/downloads
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  5. Douglas

    Douglas Member

    You could always buy a license tomorrow, have a play with it and if after a few months the forum owner doesn't want to switch and you get bored of playing you'll be able to sell it on - probably for the $100 you originally paid.
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  6. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all of your (quick!) responses. I'll give it a little more thought, but I think I may purchase a license tomorrow. :) Thanks again!

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