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  • Before You Buy vBulletin

    Per the license agreement, you are only allowed one instance of vBulletin on one domain per vBulletin license - http://www.vbulletin.com/order/license_agreement.php

    vBulletin licence grants you the right to run one instance (a single installation) of the Software on one web server and one web site for each licence purchased. Each licence may power one instance of the Software on one domain. For each installed instance of the Software, a separate licence is required.Modifications to the software or database to circumvent the one-license-one-board rule are prohibited.
    There are many questions that come up regarding running multiple forums on multiple domains using the same installation. The part of the license agreement in question here is - Each licence may power one instance of the Software on one domain. One instance means one forum, one installation, and one set of content. One domain means exactly that - however, there are exceptions to the one domain rule.

    Specific cases:
    1. Your forum is accessable from multiple domains but the content is the same for each link. This is OK and does not require multiple licenses. My site is an example of a multi-domain setup that is allowed:

      http://www.mscclan.com/forum/
      http://www.macsubculture.com/forum/
      http://www.mac-gamer.com/forum/

      Notice how each domain points to exactly the same content.
    2. Your forum is accessable from multiple domains but each domain shows a different forum style. This is OK and does not require multiple licenses.
    3. Your forum is accessable from multiple domains and your forums are configured to show/hide certain forums based on the domain. This is not OK and requires an active vBulletin license for each domain. In this situation the forums appear to have separate content thereby making them separate forums in the eyes of the license agreement. Your forum content needs to be the same for each domain in order to qualify as a single forum.

    The underlying question here is, do the different links appear as separate forums? If so then multiple licenses are required.

    Separating content and forum styles by using subforums and forumdisplay links within a single domain is allowed because that functionality is built-in to vBulletin.
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