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  • Question about VBulletin. Is it worth the investment starting a forum powered by vbulletin?

    I have a website that has lots of views. Will making a vbulletin forum as part of the site bring in more viewers?

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    It certainly has the potential to do that but, like your website, what a forum adds in value is entirely up to you. Forums allow for a type of discussion not found on social media. Now, if you're expecting the forum software to do all the work you'll end up disappointed. It's an excellent addition to any website but what it does in terms of bringing more viewers is entirely up to you. You have to give them the content they want to view. A forum adds more value than most of the other things that can be done with a website. The ability to discuss topics at length and have actual dialogue keeps people around longer and causes them to return to see who responded to their content or what's new. If people see the exact same content every time they visit they trend to lose interest.

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      Whether a forum brings more viewers to your site will depend on your work in the forums. You need to guide and moderate the conversations so they highlight your content and are something that your viewers want to share with others.

      If the initial investment is an issue, vBulletin is actually one of the least expensive paid solutions on the market today. It doesn't have semi-annual or annual fees for patches and updates that competitors have. The download version has a single one-time fee and you can use the software for its lifetime.

      Our vBulletin Cloud service is priced relative to a standard hosting package and not based on users or page views. It also includes extras that can lower your costs. The Silver package comes with ticket support that costs extra with the download version. Plus vBulletin Cloud comes with free upgrades. With 5-6 versions released a year, this can be a savings of up to $894 a year. You can purchase Cloud on a month-to-month basis without a long term contract to test the waters as well. We handle the servers and keep the site online.

      Plus, while there are free and open source forum platforms out there, they require a level of expertise that many don't possess. We provide that expertise at an affordable price.
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