- Sep 7, 2014
You referring to the side-bar?The one that sits in every single WBB I've seen yet. "Board structure" or something. It seems that it's mandatory to have it look exactly like it does, or at least no one seems to be willing to change it.
I think in regards to styles, that is likely subjective to the individual user. Only because of what we find to be attractive or suitable for styles will differ between customers so I probably wouldn't use that as criteria as to which is better or worse. But I do agree with your overall post.jekyll depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a forums-only option, then I'd stick to Xenforo or WBB with a paid style/theme and some custom work. Both of those scripts offer far more features when it comes to forums features compared to IPS4, things like selective quoting, better editors, and so on.
IPS Blogs and Gallery are also very new, and lack basic features, like Archive by date for Blog. If you need either of these options, I'd suggest you look at WBB with Blogs and Gallery (2.1 beta).
The value-add for IPS is Pages, which allows you to create custom pages and integrate with all the other add-ons into your site. Very powerful and I don't think they have a competitor with this add-on, but I could be wrong. At least not one fully integrated into the package released and updated by the core team.
WBB is pretty powerful and full featured, and they have a pretty aggressive release schedule for fixes and features. You are correct though, without some style work WBB is boring and looks like most other WBB sites. There are some awesome styles available and very affordable from cls-design however, which change the entire look of WBB. Take a look at this site for what an awesome custom skinned WBB site looks like (not my site btw).
I like where IPS is headed, they are doing some neat things, and more focused around 'content' then topics/threads, and bringing it all together. The development pace has finally picked up, which is good. The bad is that each new release brings many new bugs, some so simple you question if they actually test this stuff before they put it up for download. They just released 4.0.10 this morning, which is focused mainly on bug fixes, we'll see how this release works over the next few days.
TLDR; if you need forums-only, XenForo and WBB with paid styles are your best bet. If you need blogs/gallery/etc, WBB and IPS (if you can wait) with their respective add-on's are your best bet.
All my opinion btw, at the end of the day you should sign-up for the hosted demo's from each vendor and test them out and see how YOU like them.
Yes and No...Ahh, I see.
IPS4 seems to lack community contributions yet.
I was wrong. I tis actually more than 30 percent of their users.Source?
That's all users including new ones (like me). If i'm a new licensee, why would i want to run the legacy code?Scroll down. 32% percent of IPS customers are running on Version 4
If I am no mistaken, it actually Is still possible to buy 4.X and run 3.x if you so chooseThat's all users including new ones (like me). If i'm a new licensee, why would i want to run the legacy code?
It's a pity it can't break down the actual number of legacy that have performed an upgrade.
What I find amusing from those charts is a whole 0.3% of the vBulletin base are on version 5 and 2.2% on 5.1.
A good likelihood is that while the code is legacy, the add-on and style support for their 3.X line is still higher than the 4.x line is and this also gives individuals time to move to that particular platform while giving a little more time for 4.X to mature. I've seen some users do this. With VB, but they quickly discovered that they were waiting for a mature VB5 for nothing.You can.. and I had to, to do the conversion of the site from myBB 1.8 to IPS. But the point was - why would one want to run the legacy code if you were new to the script.
Kind of like paying $500,000 for last years Lamborghini and you could have gotten this years for the same price - why go with the old when you can do newer.
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