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What do I think of XenForo? And why should anybody care?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Sal Collaziano, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. I've been using online message boards since the mid 80s. Yes, I'm an old man. I started with a BBS (bulletin board system) running C-Net 64 (yes, a Commodore 64) with a 300 baud modem.

    I made it to "the internet" a little bit late (around 1995) and found my first "modern" message board/forum - http://www.fordvschevy.com/ (I now own it) running UBB (Ultimate Bulletin Board). I was immediately interested in the potential of the internet and wanted to start my very own forum. I was either going to start a community dedicated to my favorite music at the time - or the 80s decade. I talked someone else into starting the music forum - http://clubfreestyle.com/ (I now own that site as well) and started http://80sxchange.com/ running ezBoard. Does anybody remember ezBoard? I was actually contracted by them for awhile...

    I tested the waters with my ezBoard installation, honed my SEO skills and shortly moved on to an installation of UBB. At the time, UBB was the king - but it wasn't long before vBulletin was making waves and I started hacking/modding my UBB to mimic vBulletin. Actually, a great guy named Allen Ayres did most of that for me. Never even asked me for a dime...

    Unfortunately, a time came where UBB wasn't going anywhere and vBulletin was really making an impressive forum script. Basically, it came standard with most of the hacked/modded add-ons you wanted with a UBB installation.

    If it's not too late to make a long story short - I've run all the mainstream forum scripts and I still run different types at the 30 or so forums I now own and operate (Yes, I'm a true forum addict). I had a VERY short run with XenForo on a Jaguar forum I started - but it really never went anywhere. A few days ago, I converted http://kiaforteforum.com/ (a very small community to test the waters) from MyBB (which I find impressive for FREE) and the conversion went very well.

    XenForo is exactly where I expect "forums" to be in 2013. In my opinion, Invision Power Board is too complicated and tries too hard to be different. vBulletin is a great system - but it has become overly complicated. I think vBulletin is becoming too many different things - losing focus. I'm very, very pleased with my small XenForo installation. Everything works as I expect it to. I look forward to owning many XenForo licenses in the not too distant future.

    Thank you very much, XenForo people. I really hope you stay focused on what I consider the "new king" of forum scripts...

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