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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    It has been a really rough "upgrade" to this last platform, and I feel like I have been chasing my tail trying to get it to get it working the way I want. I read all of your thoughts on this software, and it bothers me that I haven't been able to quickly address all of these issues. Part of the problem is that Joomla is open source, and any change I want to make usually entails having someone write code for it.

    If you have the time and inclination, check out www.vbulletin.com and click on the new features of VB5 with Mobile Connect. Or if you are already familiar with vb5 because of another forum that you use that is on it, I would really like to know what you think.

    I feel like this would at the very minimum return us to the previous functionality, not to mention add a bunch of new features that are stable. I hate to do this after the time and money invested in this current site, but it seems to me that the only way to get back all of the old users is to make a move like this.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    YES!!! This is what I said all along!!!! Vbulletin!!!

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    Thumbs up on vBulletin.

    And please consider tapatalk support for mobile viewing.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    We should have stayed with the version of VB we had (we can't get it back now, can we??). I have heard that VB5 is not good and very slow.

    BUT, with that being said, it's still got to be better than this, right?

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    I have been browsing sites with vb5 for the last few hours and haven't experienced slow load times yet. I can't go back to the previous version because the old version of vbSEO was hacked and that issue killed my traffic at a time when it was growing out of control. I may consider vb4.2 but there is definitely NO going back.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    The Starting Strength forum says it uses vBulletin 4.1.0 -- works quite well and they handle higher traffic than here.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    As a user, a million thumbs up on any decision to go back to VB! Personally I'd rather go back to what we had and address the security of the VBseo plugin than jump into VB5. But on the other hand if VB5 gives better/real mobile support and you feel it is easier and safer and wouldn't suffer from performance issues then go ahead.

    It has to be improvement over Kunena.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    Kunena sucks.

    Here's my ONLY concern about going back to VBulletin - are we going to lose all our posts and sign-ins and everything all over again?

    Probably worth it (ok, IT'S WORTH IT), but just curious what the transition will look like and will we get any warning this time?

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    I say we have Dave get us back to vBulletin smoothly! Dave, you seem to know a lot about this stuff!

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    I'm for the move back to VB of some version. Hurray!

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    Quote Originally Posted by "Bytsi" post=1011170
    Kunena sucks.

    Here's my ONLY concern about going back to VBulletin - are we going to lose all our posts and sign-ins and everything all over again?

    Probably worth it (ok, IT'S WORTH IT), but just curious what the transition will look like and will we get any warning this time?

    There wouldn't be any lost posts. I'm working up a quote right now. Then I'm going to break open my piggy bank and see if there is anything left to do the transition.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    Is there anyway to get some of your money back? Is this software doing what they (whoever you paid for it) said it would?

    I'm for whatever software works and some good form of communicating through the process.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    I'd be up for any software that retains unread posts til you actually read them. A classical music forum I frequent uses software from simplemachines.org. It is open source and free and my experience of the software as implemented on that forum has been quick and user friendly.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    vb is the way to go. Has my vote.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    move to vbulletin 4.1 and not 5.0

    5.0 is going to have a ton of headaches

    or just go to phpbb

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    vb fo life

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    Guess I'm here to poop in the pudding...

    If you want to:
    --Restore basic functionality
    --Make this a place that doesn't drive us crazy
    --Hopefully not spend too much money

    Then I'd say go for it!

    But if your goals are:
    --"Bring back all the old users" (your initial post)
    --Make money off the site
    --Expect traffic to take off

    Then I'd suggest you stop the bleeding and quit throwing money at the problem. Forums like this are down just about everywhere.

    If the investment is minimal and the expectations are kept in check, then I think it might make sense to return the forum to a usable system. Preferably one that doesn't forget my login every couple of weeks!

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    I'm kinda late to the prom here but I think a vbulletin format would be the answer. I've used it on other forums and not had no problems, however, it has been the older versions so I can't comment on the latest. Sorry.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    Quote Originally Posted by "RedLefty" post=1011544
    Guess I'm here to poop in the pudding...

    If you want to:
    --Restore basic functionality
    --Make this a place that doesn't drive us crazy
    --Hopefully not spend too much money

    Then I'd say go for it!

    But if your goals are:
    --"Bring back all the old users" (your initial post)
    --Make money off the site
    --Expect traffic to take off

    Then I'd suggest you stop the bleeding and quit throwing money at the problem. Forums like this are down just about everywhere.

    If the investment is minimal and the expectations are kept in check, then I think it might make sense to return the forum to a usable system. Preferably one that doesn't forget my login every couple of weeks!
    It seems like everybody and his brother are starting their own little private forums, but I don't know how well those are doing. I think they are also there to support that person, product, or service, not the generally support fitness minded people.

    Crossfitters and paleo diet book authors, as examples, have lots of little forums, and I think they may draw away from non-specific forums, just like facebook pages and groups have.

    Some Strength Coaches have also formed private forums, where you pay to play for their unbiased opinions, and there is likely less controversy there, as they moderate and block dissenting opinions that are disruptive.

    Like it or not, people seem to be drawn to these little, isolate worlds for both good and bad reasons.

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    ATTN FORUM MEMBERS... Your thoughts on vBulletin 5

    Sooooooo, what's your take away, Rowler Woolen?

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