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vBulletin Licensing Changes
by vB.Org System
29 Apr 2008 15:00

For eight years, Jelsoft has produced feature-rich, professional products and backed them up with high quality support, while always maintaining excellent value for money.

Today, for the first time in our history, we are announcing some changes to the way in which we license our products:
  • Increases in the price of all products and services
  • Removal of the renewal fee for add-on products
The removal of the renewal fee for add-on products is effective immediately. All other changes will be introduced on June 2nd, 2008. Further details of the changes are included below this message.

Please note that the way in which we provide the software to customers and support it will be unaffected by these changes - active license owners will continue to be able to download the latest versions of vBulletin (including future major releases) via the members’ area on vBulletin.com.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their continued support. Be assured of our ongoing commitment to excellence in product development and customer service.

Many thanks,

James Limm and the vBulletin Team


The following information explains in more detail the licensing changes on a product-by-product basis. If there are any queries about these changes get in touch with our support team on [email protected]. A discussion thread for this announcement is available.

All pricing changes are reflected in US Dollars. Pricing in Euros and Pounds Sterling will be also implemented on the 2nd June 2008.

Leased and Owned Licenses
We currently offer two different types of vBulletin license: Owned and Leased.

The Owned vBulletin license allows you to run the software on your site indefinitely. Along with this license, you will receive one year of free updates. Beyond the first year, a renewal fee is payable to obtain updates for an additional year.

The Leased vBulletin license allows you to use the software on your site for one year and gives you access to product updates for that year. After one year, the license may be renewed to continue using the software, or removed from the site.

Both licenses include unlimited free support via email.

From 2nd June the following prices will apply:
  • Owned license - $180
  • Leased license - $100
Bulk order pricing for both license types will remain consistent with the current discounting levels.

License Renewals
For a Leased license, it is necessary to purchase a license Renewal in order to continue to run vBulletin on your site. For Owned licenses, it is not necessary to renew in order to continue using vBulletin, but is required in order to extend access to software updates.

From the June 2nd, the following changes will be coming into effect:
  • Leased license Renewal pricing will be $100.
  • Owned license Renewal pricing will be:
    • $40 if purchased before the license expires or within 60 days after expiry
    • $60 if purchased at any other time
  • vBulletin Renewals will now also renew linked add-on products (details below)
If a Renewal is purchased before the license expires, the existing expiry date is extended by one year. If the Renewal is purchased after the license expires, access to software updates is restored, and the expiry date will be set to one year from the date of Renewal purchase.

License Upgrades
License Upgrades allow you to convert a Leased license into an Owned license. There are two products available, depending on when the Leased license was purchased.

If the Leased license was purchased less than 60 days in the past, a special offer is available that will convert the license from Leased to Owned without changing the expiry date of the license. From the 2nd June, the price for this option will be $100.

If the Leased license was purchased more than 60 days in the past, the standard license Upgrade option is available. From the 2nd June, the price for this option will be $180. This option will set the new expiry date to be one year in the future from the date of Upgrade purchase, as is currently the case.

Add-on Products
As well as the vBulletin forums product, Jelsoft also offers two additional add-on products that integrate with vBulletin and add extra functionality to the community - vBulletin Blog and vBulletin Project Tools.

Add-on products are linked to either a Leased or an Owned vBulletin license. Currently, buying an add-on product will give you access to software updates for one year from the date of purchase - and a further year of updates would incur an additional fee.

From today, the renewal fees for add-on products will be removed, and access for add-on product updates will correspond to the status of the linked "parent" vBulletin license. While the vBulletin license is active, you will be able to download software updates for any linked add-on products.

From 2nd June, the cost of vBulletin Blog and Project Tools will be $60.

Additional Products

From 2nd June, the Branding Free option price will be $170 and the Professional Installation and Professional Upgrade prices will be $150.


For questions, please use the vBulletin Licensing Changes Discussion thread on vBulletin.com

KURTZ 29 Apr 2008 15:09

it's the market guys ... :( the Dollar right now is too weak ...

waza 29 Apr 2008 15:39

that sucks, it was getting cheap for me to pay with euro's.

However the british pond has also gotten more weak, so I doub't that's the reason for the increase in price.

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codershark 29 Apr 2008 15:43

sorry but I find the new prices to expensive !!!!!

waza 29 Apr 2008 15:50

But of course, after 8 years everything has gotten more expensive

codershark 29 Apr 2008 16:07

and what about purple ??? wbb etc. isnt so expensive!!!!!

malag 29 Apr 2008 19:08

I HATE YOU ! suck! ;/


Professional Installation and Professional Upgrade prices will be $150.
lol lol lol lol :)

MaryTheG(r)eek 29 Apr 2008 19:11

You can count 3 renewals less :D

Jasem 29 Apr 2008 19:32

I think the new prices relatively good

rapidphim 29 Apr 2008 22:52

It's not good for someone just having/doing the forum just for hobby/fun.

bobster65 29 Apr 2008 22:57


Originally Posted by rapidphim (Post 1502707)
It's not good for someone just having/doing the forum just for hobby/fun.

There are free options available for that.

rapidphim 29 Apr 2008 22:58

where would that be? because it's getting too pricey for me since I am just doing for fun at my leisure time

King Kovifor 29 Apr 2008 22:59


Originally Posted by rapidphim (Post 1502711)
where would that be? because it's getting too pricey for me since I am just doing for fun at my leisure time

There are several free options available including phpBB, SMF, myBB and more. You can find them scattered all over the internet.

snakeair 29 Apr 2008 23:12

The new price does not bother me that much. Times are changing and 8 years ago everything was cheap including gas. Now gas is expensive and a few more dollars for vbulletin. If you can not afford to invest in your forum then, use a free forum software as mentioned earlier.

Add the donation mod to your forum and see if your members are loyal to the community and donate a few dollars each year.

3.7 has a lot of cool features and i'm sure the next version 4 will be twice as good. It's money well spent.

Ohiosweetheart 30 Apr 2008 01:26

It's been a long time coming. I feel that the price increased is fair and justifiable.

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