Need advice about Starting Business & vBulletin 4.0 Publishing Suite

vBulletin 4.0 Publishing Suite It’s new and I’m not sure that it’s good or not, but think at some point before that because prices may go up?

What do you think?

But I’m not sure that the license period and finished it, where it is not shown on this site…

If you’re just starting out, is there a reason why you’re going with vB, rather than a lower cost (or free) alternative?

How much use do you expect to get for your forums? Can you really justify to yourself the cost of vBulletin 4 (at however much it costs) over a free alternative, say for example SMF?

VBulletin is in a very difficult stage right now.
Most of their leading developers left last year and the whole system of licensing has just changed.
You used tio be able to get a “permanent” licence for life which you then paid a small update fee each year if you wanted support or mods.

That’s now changed. Even if you did buy a “permanent” licence, it’s now meaningless. Under the new company IB that owns VB you have to buy a new major licence for every Gold version 3.0 4.0 5.0 etc
The cost is almost $200 and will last only around 2 years as that’s how often a new Gold appears.

Also the latest 4.0 is considered by VB users to not be a proper Gold but a Beta. That means it’s not solid, not finished, but extremely buggy. Previous versions of VB would have about 10 or 20 bugs reported in their first weeks. This version has 200 in its first few weeks.
Additionally major components that wre in the last release 3.8.5 have been chopped out (Profile customisation) so end users are losing a lot of loving work on their Profile details.
Finally the Publishing suite - the CMS - is OK but pretty basic. It has potential as it’s obviously built for adding in more units. But right now it lacks quite a few things.

Verdict: don’t buy VB 4.0 for several months. Wait to see what IB do with it over the coming year.

VB is an excellent system (in 3.8) for modding (adding extras), and for usergroup access control. The code has a good rep and there is a good support community.
Unfortunately to get 3.8 you have to buy a full 4.0 licence unless you can pick up a second hand version.

When buying a used licence you can ask IB (the owner of VB) to verify a licence you are offered.

If you do that download both 3.8 and 4.0. Use 3.8 and keep 4.0 on file in case it gets better.
You’re also allowed to set up a second clone forum not open to the public in order to test changes.

But after all that I wouldn’t start out with vbulletin. It’s quite complex though great once you get the hang of it. If you have a couple of months to spend learning it fine. Otherwise try one of the free ones first so if you get discouraged you haven’t lost money.