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Why you should not upgrade vB3 to vB4

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by silendreamer, Feb 10, 2011.


Has anyone else seen similar dip in traffic after upgrade to vB4?

  1. Yes, of course that's why I am here on Xenforo

  2. Nope, not really!

  1. silendreamer

    silendreamer Active Member

    Attached is my google analytics data before and after upgrading to vB4

    I guess, I do not have to mention when I installed vB4 (yup that's right on Dec 20th)

    So, if anyone is still thinking about upgrading to vB4, do not do it.

    Still waiting for the stable release of Xenforo. Cannot wait to move to Xen

    Attached Files:

  2. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    Sorry, probably better to discuss vB on vB.com.
    Gotta keep things positive around here.
    But that's just me.
    laztrix likes this.
  3. silendreamer

    silendreamer Active Member

    @steven I do not see any negative in that. Actually its a positive, that I am waiting for Xen Stable release [​IMG]
  4. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    Mine actually went UP after going to vB4...but I also bought vBSEO at the same time.
  5. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    The poll makes it a double negative to XenForo's single positive. ;)
    XF is quite stable to use on a live forum. No reason not to do it today.
    dieketzer likes this.
  6. silendreamer

    silendreamer Active Member

    Aight, I really have no idea how that could be double negative, but oh well, whatever.

    I do am a proud owner of an XF license and run it on a secondary site, but not yet ready to put it on my main site (mainly due to lack of the required add-ons)
  7. silendreamer

    silendreamer Active Member

    I do hope it was the vBSEO and not vB4 :p
  8. KevinL

    KevinL Member

    Did you change your URL structure?
  9. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    Yet another vB4 poll, that's all.
    As they say, you are preaching to the choir here.
    I understand waiting for some additional addons.
    I need a few myself before I can move 2 sites over.
  10. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    They are really sensitive about that kind of stuff here (or anything negative at all for that matter).
  11. silendreamer

    silendreamer Active Member

    Nope, it was the same (was using vBSEO on both 3.8 and vb4)
  12. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    I was always under the impression that most people care much more about content than board software. Have you considered that maybe your board is simply offering similar content that can be found elsewhere and thus that's why you're losing traffic?

    I mean, some of the biggest boards in the world continue to use ancient versions of phpBB and vB have don't have the slightest dip in traffic. So while it's possible vB4 may have somehow caused your site's traffic to go down, I doubt it's the main reason.
  13. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    youre preaching to the converted.
  14. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    I don't know, but it was strange to see that the very day we upgraded to vB4, activity on the forum dropped. I know some users complained about the new format and it took me a week or two to rebuild the skin (especially considering I was learning as I went, lol). *shrug*
  15. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    I hate vB4 with a passion, has nothing to do with my hate of Brisco and his licensing scheme either, the UI just sucks !!
  16. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Whilst people do come for content, software can and DOES make a difference.

    I suspect most big boards understand this, hence their sticking with what 'works' for them!!

    When I converted from vB3 to IPB3 I had a lot of people walk away. I made mistakes, like completely changing the skin for example, and a number of those people will have been on the edge of leaving anyway (and the software change just pushed them over), but quite a lot of people didn't like the change and didn't persist with it long enough to get used to it.

    I've no real way of getting those people back and just have to concentrate on making the best of what we've got and building the numbers back up naturally.

    I'd also run the site from two domains (one was unrelated and people could use it to access the site from work because the cookies and paths in vB3 weren't domain specific) but because IPB doesn't support multiple domains a lot of postings were lost because people had to post outside of working hours (who doesn't like to visit their favourite forums when they're on a break, eh?).

    I also had a problem with people spreading their content over the forums, chat, blogs, gallery, etc. so the forums looked like ghost town's some days in comparison to our previous vB3 forums-only set up.

    All of this despite careful planning, beta testing with large groups of regulars, and taking months and months to test and trial the new software.

    I've learned from the experience, but the point in all of the above is that change - any kind of change - DOES have an impact on your site and membership.

    I know vB4 is still a vB product, but it's a different vB product.

    One, it seems, that your users (and possible Google) feel is different enough to re-appraise!!

    Shaun :D

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