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    do you have to pay to get vBullentin? I really want a forum hosted by it, but i cant host a pay-for one, because i dont have the money! Help!

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    Hello,

    Yes, vBulletin is a commercial product. It costs $85 or $160.

    Before you get started developing your own message board, the first thing I recommend is using our vBulletin demo to get familiar with everything it takes to run a message board. It can be a complex task, and you need to be sure you're ready to tackle it.

    You can set one up for your own use from this page:

    http://www.vbulletin.com/admindemo.php

    The demo is active for 24 hours. If you feel you need more time, reply to this ticket with the DemoID and ask for an extension.

    You will also want to use our manual as a reference while learning the controls. The manual can be found here:

    http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/

    It covers most of the basic controls for operation of the software.

    Once you have decided to purchase, there are 2 license choices.

    Owned License ($160 USD):
    This license is a perpetual license. With it, you can run the software forever. It includes email support and 1 year of software updates.
    After the initial year, you can optionally renew access to software updates for a fee. The fee is currently $30US. You will still get email support even if you decide to not renew.

    Leased License ($85 USD):
    This license is good for 1 year. After the year is up you must either renew the lease, upgrade to an owned license or remove the software from the server. It also includes all software updates and email support for the term of the license.

    You will also need webhosting and a domain name. You can purchase the domain name at the same time you contract hosting. Most credible hosts now support both PHP and MySQL, and can run our software. We do not make official recommendations, but we do have a hosting review forum here:

    http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=11

    You can also look at http://www.webhostingtalk.com, an independant review site. Sometimes you will find hosting specials there that aren't available elsewhere on the web.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Floris View Post
      Hello,

      Yes, vBulletin is a commercial product. It costs $85 or $160.

      Before you get started developing your own message board, the first thing I recommend is using our vBulletin demo to get familiar with everything it takes to run a message board. It can be a complex task, and you need to be sure you're ready to tackle it.

      You can set one up for your own use from this page:

      http://www.vbulletin.com/admindemo.php

      The demo is active for 24 hours. If you feel you need more time, reply to this ticket with the DemoID and ask for an extension.

      You will also want to use our manual as a reference while learning the controls. The manual can be found here:

      http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/

      It covers most of the basic controls for operation of the software.

      Once you have decided to purchase, there are 2 license choices.

      Owned License ($160 USD):
      This license is a perpetual license. With it, you can run the software forever. It includes email support and 1 year of software updates.
      After the initial year, you can optionally renew access to software updates for a fee. The fee is currently $30US. You will still get email support even if you decide to not renew.

      Leased License ($85 USD):
      This license is good for 1 year. After the year is up you must either renew the lease, upgrade to an owned license or remove the software from the server. It also includes all software updates and email support for the term of the license.

      You will also need webhosting and a domain name. You can purchase the domain name at the same time you contract hosting. Most credible hosts now support both PHP and MySQL, and can run our software. We do not make official recommendations, but we do have a hosting review forum here:

      http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=11

      You can also look at http://www.webhostingtalk.com, an independant review site. Sometimes you will find hosting specials there that aren't available elsewhere on the web.
      but the demos are offline right now. So now what?

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      • #4
        They're being worked on and will soon be back online again. Please try again in a few hours.

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