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    I have had my forum around 1 year now and its been quite popular. I am running phpBB2 at the moment.

    I decided to start fresh (but keep members, posts and topics)

    So I asked around and vBulletin seems the best. It has a good forum, a portal system, nice skins, and all the mods I would ever need.

    £91 for the forum for life with no other extra monthly fee's sounds good.

    So before I buy I would like to ask a few questions that I have:

    1) Can I take the members, posts and topics from phpBB and convert them over to a fresh vBulletin forum board?
    2) When I get a template/skin, if I have the portal system (vbAdvanced I think its called) does the same template work on both at the same time?
    3) Once I pay £91 and get my vBulletin software, do you get it via download, or does it get mailed out to you (please say download)?
    4) In the future if I decide to shut my site down, is it legal for me to sell my vBulletin board subscription over to someone else?

    Thats all the questions I have just now, hope to hear back soon.


    Currently under phpBB3 to vBulletin 3.6.5 Conversion.

  • #2
    1. Yes, we have an import script for phpBB. You can read about it here:

    2. vBAdvanced is a third-party add-on so you'd have to ask them, but I'd be surprised if they didn't use the vB style settings.

    3. You get a customer number and password which you can use to access the members area and download the software.

    4. The policy states:

    Jelsoft may, in its discretion, allow you to transfer your license to another party, providing the license:
    - has not already been transferred in the previous 12 months; and
    - was purchased more than 3 months in the past.
    -is an active owned license
    *Please note, leased licenses are not eligible for transfer

    You can read this policy under the license agreement here:
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    • #3
      Thanks man, that cleared all that up. I think I will buy today, then my members are going to donate to me to help cover the costs.

      When I mean about selling it it will be in like a couple of years when I cant run the site anymore and want to pass it on to a younger member of staff.

      Thanks again and look forward to using vBulletin.
      Currently under phpBB3 to vBulletin 3.6.5 Conversion.


      • #4
        Ok I just bought the full version there for £106.

        I just noticed though it says expires May 07th '08.

        I thought it was full, and it was yours forever.
        Currently under phpBB3 to vBulletin 3.6.5 Conversion.


        • #5
          It means that the ability to upgrade to the higher versions is good for one year. You can still use any versions created up to your expirery date forever.


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