Nope, its worse.vB 5 that bad, huh?
When I saw vB5 pass a JSONBLOB in the URL to do a Get New Posts search, I knew there was something seriously hinky going on under the surface.Nope, its worse.
1. The database design is horrible, and makes life difficult from the start.
2. The code is ... interesting.
No surprise. Even if vb5 became good and people were open to updating to it, the licencing structure would keep a lot of webmasters on the older major versions. Post-vb4 licencing only works if you release major versions after a short lifecycle of say 3 years - its ridiculous to keep a branch going for so long without substituting the terms with yearly renewals.What is hilarious to me is that vBulletin finally (after what, 7 or 8 years) just was able to get above 10% of their own installs on 5.x. Maybe after a decade, they can get 15% adoption.
Seems like IPB is growing a little too. Like XF went flat for a couple years, then it grew. Now IPB went flat and XF is growing. Maybe timing has something to do with major new releases or something and people waiting for the next big release?Great charts!
What's interesting to me is that in the top chart Xenforo is the only software that is growing. The rest seem to be stalled.
Luckily I'm on XF
Doubtful that a plugin that creates a forum within WordPress (and charges more than $200/year) has 50,000 installs (they are making $10M/year on it?). My search engine puts it at 2,044 (which is way more than I would have thought). Honestly, not even sure it's worth including... it's a plugin, not it's own platform and also runs on WordPress (haha gross).BuddyBoss claims that 50k businesses use their commercial forum software. Please consider to include this to the cookie tracker.
Can you put a rough install count number on those percentages since you have it?
Ya, not really trying to go down the road of publishing specific numbers. There's no *real* way to know outside of the organizations. For example, I have a valid license for vBulletin 3/4, but it's not in use. So that probably counts as an "installation" to them since I paid for it, but it's not in use anywhere, so spider wouldn't see it. I'd guess vBulletin has a high number of sold but unused/dormant licenses that the spider wouldn't see.I recall a decade or so ago vBulletin claimed to have somewhere in the region of 120,000 installations. That's the one and only time I've seen an actual figure put forward.
It would be interesting to see numbers representing the current situation but then again publishing them could also be viewed as rather contentious.
I see that you are tracking the BuddyBoss theme / style. Which is one of the styles that can be used for BuddyBoss. What you need is the BuddyBoss platform.Doubtful that a plugin that creates a forum within WordPress (and charges more than $200/year) has 50,000 installs (they are making $10M/year on it?). My search engine puts it at 2,044 (which is way more than I would have thought). Honestly, not even sure it's worth including... it's a plugin, not it's own platform and also runs on WordPress (haha gross).