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Old 13 Oct 2009, 22:50
vB.Org System vB.Org System is offline
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Announcing the Presale Event for vBulletin 4.0 Suite and Important License Changes

We hope your community is enjoying the flexibility and power of vBulletin™. As always, our goal is to offer a great product at a great price, and we are dedicated to helping you build and grow successful online communities.

Over the last 12 months, we have been building vBulletin 4.0 to be the most powerful forum and social publishing software. Today, we are proud to introduce the new vBulletin 4.0 Publishing Suite product that includes the power of the vBulletin 4.0 Forums with a seamlessly integrated content management system (CMS) and blogging platform.

As a preferred customer with an active license, we are excited to offer the vBulletin Publishing Suite at a pre-sale discount price of only $130 (over 50% off regular price). This is a truly limited one-time special offer giving you $120 off the upgrade price but will expire on Friday October 30, 2009.

Learn more about vBulletin Publishing Suite features and pricing on our new website:

Beginning today, we are introducing new a license structure. vBulletin is changing to a one-time owned license fee for each major point release. That means no more annual renewal fees. Once you purchase a major point version, you’ll receive maintenance, security and minor point releases for the life of 4.x.

You have the option to keep your current active license until it expires (according to the 12 month term and conditions). For the remainder of your active license, you will continue to receive support and have access to forum software updates, including vBulletin 4.0 Forums. Once your license expires you will only be able to access the 4 Series software updates by switching to the new one-time owned license. For more information, visit the vBulletin FAQ.

Over the last 10 years, our products have offered an exceptional value and we look forward to bringing you the best and keeping you as a loyal customer. Our team is expanding in number and expertise in order to develop more innovative features and to deliver them faster. We are investing in exciting development areas such as new products and services for 'Big Boards' and mobile applications and look forward to helping you grow your community.


The vBulletin Team

Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:03
Flowsion Flowsion is offline
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What a joke, lol. So we have to buy every single version, $130 everytime they upgrade? Those who have had their license expiring soon are screwed?
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:07
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vithorius vithorius is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
My license has just expired last week... (although I still have the 2 months to renew at the lowest price - $40, I believe)...

Will I be eligible for this upgrade?
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:12
jwashburn jwashburn is offline
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$130 bucks on a product you havent even seen yet. basically you have to pony up $130 bucks in the next 2 weeks otherwise its going to cost you $250 to upgrade.
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:15
hypoharry hypoharry is offline
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I thought it would be free to all existing license holders. I dont mind paying the yearly price but double per year pushes out the boat
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:25
YsTyle YsTyle is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
active customers gets it for free?
if yes, I had the chance to renew my license for the next 60 days after the license expires,
and i had more than 10 days to renew. can I still renew for 40$?
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:26
combs combs is offline
Join Date: Aug 2007
This is guys are throwing away your company. Not only did the release take 2 years to come out(and it's still a long time away), but now we have this so you can fatten your wallets!

I was thinking about going to IPB I am 100% going.
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:32
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CrossBones CrossBones is offline
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I'm out!
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:35
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forum4 forum4 is offline
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Hold up.....The upgrade to the 4.0 is free for those that have a license and need to upgrade. The $130 is if you want to upgrade to the Suite, which is the blog, articles and such.

The actual 4.0 vbulltin will be free to upgrade for those with a current license.

So, if you own a current license, you can upgrade to the 4.0 for free and run the 4.0 till whenever. If you lease your license, you can run 4.0 for free until your lease is out. Then, you'd need to buy a license for $195 for the vBulletin 4.0. If you don't own any license, it's the $195 for 4.0.

I think I will upgrade and then just run 4.0 until 5.0 comes out eventually.

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Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:44
bigwest bigwest is offline
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This has Windows Vista written all over it.
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Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:47
nyqnzguju999 nyqnzguju999 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
lol someone make a new forums software
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:48
bigwest bigwest is offline
Join Date: May 2003
All of this is just really lame, but it would have gone over better if vBulletin would have allowed the special upgrade price to be in effect for all license holders up to the point of their annual renewal.

All of my license renewals are in June. (I set money aside just for that purpose every year)

I certainly wasn't budgeting for several hundreds of dollars in purchases within the next few weeks.

This is an awful way to treat loyal customers.
Big West Racing
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:52
Jeff66 Jeff66 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2005
What a shambles this is...

My license has expired, but I received the email offering me a discounted license for $130 as I have an active license. Problem number one - they think I've got an active license when I haven't.

I logged in to the old members area and selected 'renew', which took me to the new members area. Problem number two. The new members area isn't linked to the old one. Not a major problem - just log in again.

But as my browser remembers the password I don't know what it is, so I clicked on the "forgot password" link. Problem number three. The forgot password link goes to a 404 page.

Eventually I worked out the real url to get my password reset, and logged in to the new members area.

Problem number four. The price showing for a new license is $235. The price to renew my existing license is $250. No mention of the $130 I was offered by email, but they want more to renew my existing license than they do to buy a new one.

All I wanted to do was look at the options, and there were four problems I encountered along the way. If this is the level of competence we can expect from them from now on I don't want to imagine how buggy the new version will be, I'll stick with what I've got.
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:57
bigwest bigwest is offline
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Jeff, problem number 6.... they are asking us to pay for something that none of us have seen. There isn't even a semi-functional demo anywhere.

I'm guessing this isn't gonna fly very well.
Big West Racing
Old 13 Oct 2009, 23:58
nyqnzguju999 nyqnzguju999 is offline
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Its just BS Period.
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