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bbAuthority: "If you haven't quite given IPB a go just yet, I'd strongly recommend doing so"

bbAuthority.com, a resource site for forum administrators has posted a review of IP.Board 3:

http://www.bbauthority.com/forum-software/invision-power-board-3-an-insight

Thanks bbAuthority.com for the review! Always great to see how others react to IP.Board 3's new capabilities!

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3.0 is a great improvement. The new IPB is a great solution for Internet 1.0. Unfortunately all this is about 5 years late and 1000 dollars short. Forums applications are on the way out. Today, it requires way too much from readers to become members just to post a comment. IPB is also way too resource intensive for the little it does. How many servers are you leasing to run your forums?

I am sure all your forums are loosing traffic because people are tired of the trolls, angsty members and spam that forums seems to be a magnet for now. We're looking at ways to get off forums and IPB now that we see IP.Connect is not a real SSO solution. If someone has been able to migrate away from IPB to a more open / Web 2.0 solution, I would love to hear about it.

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[quote name='tforums' date='25 September 2009 - 01:12 AM']
3.0 is a great improvement. The new IPB is a great solution for Internet 1.0. Unfortunately all this is about 5 years late and 1000 dollars short. Forums applications are on the way out. Today, it requires way too much from readers to become members just to post a comment. IPB is also way too resource intensive for the little it does. How many servers are you leasing to run your forums?

I am sure all your forums are loosing traffic because people are tired of the trolls, angsty members and spam that forums seems to be a magnet for now. We're looking at ways to get off forums and IPB now that we see IP.Connect is not a real SSO solution. If someone has been able to migrate away from IPB to a more open / Web 2.0 solution, I would love to hear about it.


Forum applications on the way out? I totally disagree.

About the fact that it is difficult to register is also not true, with all the new possibilities with Facebook and OpenID plugins. Very easy, I see loads of new members who use the Facebook plugin on my website. A few clicks and they are in. :thumbsup:

"IPB is also way too resource intensive".
I find that to be wrong as well (in a way). As any enterprise you need to have a budget and be able to market the business and plan for the future.
I made a mistake before, using software that could not cater for all our readars.
Same with webhosts, you don't go for the cheapest, because it will only work for a smaller website.
If you have a plan to be a small website forever and have no budget for marketing (both on an offline) you can of course use other options.
BUT if you have a reater plan, to have a website that can and will grow, I find IP Board to be the best software out there today for me.

A few examples... I used SMF in the beginning and crawls were slow, forum went to a grinding halt when too many readers were on the site at once and so on.
I checked a trhead on my site a few minutes ago and I am on Googles first page with a frase with over 2M hits. And the thread is only 2 hours old. :)

I give IPB 10 points out of 10 possible. Keep up the good work.

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[quote name='tforums' date='24 September 2009 - 02:12 PM']How many servers are you leasing to run your forums?

We use one server (that holds the forums and the database). The forums are not the only thing on the server either, to my knowledge.

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