vBulletin 4.0 will be available soon
This is a quick note to alert you that we are fully engaged with the Internet Brands, vBulletin.com and vBulletin.org to discover more about vBulletin 4.0. As soon as we receive the software, a demo site of vBulletin 4.0 will be set up for you to try out the functions. We will communicate to you via another newsletter or you can follow us onTwitter @seovb or our website for the latest breaking news on vBulletin.
The presale event for vBulletin will continue until the end of October, 2009. Even though there are many features promised by the vBulletin team, there is no demo, video, or documents to provide further information. There are only a few screenshots available. We would like to quickly address a few common questions from our clients as follows:
1) Should I purchase the upgrade?
As long as you are still holding a valid Owned License, you can get the free upgrade to 4.0. HOWEVER,
A) We are still trying to confirm if we need to pay for the upgrade to access any future upgrade on 4.x.x or 5.x.x.
B) You will need to pay $130 if you want to get the the Publishing Suite
2) Should I take advantage of the Presale Sales?
If you and your community are happy with vBulletin and you are planning to run your community for a long time, then our recommendation is YES. Take advantage of the presale event and get a discounted price.
3) Will my current theme and mods work with the vBulletin 4.0?
The answer is NO for the themes and MAYBE for the mods. As we have learned, none of the current themes will work under the 4.0 version unless it has been modified. The mods depend upon the implementation and coding. Some mods that do not entirely depend on the vBulletin functions and hooks might work, but all will have to be tested.
4) Should I plan on migrating my WordPress or Joomla to the Publishing Suite?
Wordpress and Joomla have been on the market for a long period of time and were tested and well supported by many plugins. The main benefit to move to the Publishing Suite is the integration between the Blog and the Forum. At this time, we still need to see the real product before we can provide further recommendations.
At this point, we cannot make any solid recommendations for our clients to move to version 4.0. We would like to see more evidence that the new version is as solid and as stable as the current versions and that the features are all mature enough to support your community. Remember, the vBulletin team clearly indicated that version 4.0 is a complete rewrite.
We will send out another newsletter when we get more information. Meanwhile, please follow us on Twitter to get the most recent news from us.