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Old 19 Sep 2014, 09:07
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Originally Posted by tbworld View Post
Nice site, but it is living in the desktop era not the mobile / Facebook era. Your future audience (if not now) will be mobile. Examine your current competition and reposition your web site. We live in a world of quick information and conveying of ideas, your site needs to provide it, or new potential users will not return. You have an educated audience, find out their frustrations with your site and use new member responses only, not loyal board members.

Forum software and forum owners are not adapting to the faster pace world out there. Modern sites are costly to run and time consuming due to the interfacing of technology and fast moving trends. Your loyal board members will always be there, but as they switch to the mobile environment you need to be able to welcome them with an improved interface.

You should be positioning yourself to be one of the (5-10) apps the average mobile customer uses on their device daily. Forum software has a need out there, but it must serve at the convenience to the customer.
Originally Posted by Max Taxable View Post
To all of this I would add, start paying attention to your WoL page, look at the user agent strings. Check out how many people are accessing your site with mobile browsers, you will be stunned. You have to get mobile browser friendly or you will lose this vast majority of online users. Check my profile for a little shortcut template edit for v3 I posted, that makes UA strings show up automatically for the admins, in WoL.

Cater to the mobile devices, or die.
Thanks, I've been searching for how I can make the mobile thing possible for 3 days now. I'm not able to get much information on how vbulletin 3.8.3 version can be made mobile ready. There's something called MAPI or mobile styles but since official vbulletin.com has stopped supporting it, all links to it are dead.

I've opened a thread here yesterday : http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=314379

Any inputs on it would be much appreciated by people like me
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Old 19 Sep 2014, 15:41
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Stop making things difficult for yourself, go to https://tapatalk.com/ , create an account and install it on your forums ... My members love this app and it is very easy to use my Man ... try it out you wont be disappointed ...
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Old 19 Sep 2014, 15:45
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Originally Posted by CAG CheechDogg View Post
Stop making things difficult for yourself, go to https://tapatalk.com/ , create an account and install it on your forums ... My members love this app and it is very easy to use my Man ... try it out you wont be disappointed ...
Dunno how it would work with his 3.8.2, he definitely should consider upgrading to 3.8.7 at least if not 3.8.8.
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Old 19 Sep 2014, 16:19
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Originally Posted by Max Taxable View Post
Dunno how it would work with his 3.8.2, he definitely should consider upgrading to 3.8.7 at least if not 3.8.8.
He's on 3.8.3 Max...or am I reading wrong? His forum's footer also says 3.8.3 as well ...
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Old 19 Sep 2014, 19:46
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3.8.2 or 3.8.3 is not much of a difference. Either way, 3.8.8 is the version to run.
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Old 20 Sep 2014, 05:56
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Originally Posted by CAG CheechDogg View Post
Stop making things difficult for yourself, go to https://tapatalk.com/ , create an account and install it on your forums ... My members love this app and it is very easy to use my Man ... try it out you wont be disappointed ...
Hi, thanks for the recommendation. I read about tapatalk but then also read that members have to pay for downloading the app. Most of my users are from India where people do not easily pay for apps.

Does Tapatalk render a mobile website or is it only for an app.

Originally Posted by Max Taxable View Post
Dunno how it would work with his 3.8.2, he definitely should consider upgrading to 3.8.7 at least if not 3.8.8.
Originally Posted by CAG CheechDogg View Post
He's on 3.8.3 Max...or am I reading wrong? His forum's footer also says 3.8.3 as well ...
Originally Posted by cellarius View Post
3.8.2 or 3.8.3 is not much of a difference. Either way, 3.8.8 is the version to run.
I'm on vb 3.8.3
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Old 20 Sep 2014, 14:08
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You might also want to look up mobile styles here, for 3.8.x, there are some decent ones. There's also a Mod that detects mobile browsers and feeds them only the style you designate.
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Old 20 Sep 2014, 15:32
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Originally Posted by kartik786 View Post
Thanks, I've been searching for how I can make the mobile thing possible for 3 days now. I'm not able to get much information on how vbulletin 3.8.3 version can be made mobile ready. There's something called MAPI or mobile styles but since official vbulletin.com has stopped supporting it, all links to it are dead.

I've opened a thread here yesterday : http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=314379

Any inputs on it would be much appreciated by people like me
What links are dead?

Support is still available for VB 3.x.

In order to get the Mobile API for VB 3.x you must purchase the VB Mobile Suite. That will allow you to create forum apps for iOS and Android, but they don't work great on customized forums- you would be better off downloading the lightweight style by Dartho for 3.x.
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Old 20 Sep 2014, 15:48
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Originally Posted by BirdOPrey5 View Post
What links are dead?

Support is still available for VB 3.x.

In order to get the Mobile API for VB 3.x you must purchase the VB Mobile Suite. That will allow you to create forum apps for iOS and Android, but they don't work great on customized forums- you would be better off downloading the lightweight style by Dartho for 3.x.
Thanks for helping BirdOPrey .. I did install this style but it did not look good on my android mobile.

I clicked on the link in a discussion that pointed to MAPI on vbulletin.com and it was dead. Can you please point me in the right direction / purchase page.
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Old 20 Sep 2014, 17:00
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Originally Posted by tbworld View Post
I previously wrote in this thread about my daughters board, it went from 800 users to 23,000 (this last year) with 1200 active users a day. She does not try to compete against Facebook, instead she embraces the diversity. All of her members use Facebook to chat (in fact they must for registration), they go to her board for real content and the closeness of the private community.

Look at the number of cell phone forums, and most of them are doing pretty well. They shouldn't be as they are quite boring in unique content, but the topic is hot and the need for shared information is great. So for the time being they are thriving ... until the death of the product cycle.

Facebook will be here, until it is not. Create your strategy around that fact. If you are trying to compete against Facebook, why? You are never going to convince users to drop Facebook and come to your board. At best they will do both, each with their own unique strengths.

I liked @BBNZowner comment above, it showed he has a unique strategy. If you are looking at forums as a business, you cannot just stamp-out more metal paper clips without have a unique strategy for distribution of your product and a method to capture market share, or you will just end up having a garage full of paper clips.

Forum software is just a tool, keep in mind what you are trying to accomplish.
Yep, when I really push Facebook with new content I can get over 10% traffic just from there! Add In Google+, Pinterst and Twitter and we are talking about a very large amount of traffic.
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Old 20 Sep 2014, 20:04
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Originally Posted by kartik786 View Post
Thanks for helping BirdOPrey .. I did install this style but it did not look good on my android mobile.

I clicked on the link in a discussion that pointed to MAPI on vbulletin.com and it was dead. Can you please point me in the right direction / purchase page.
Without knowing the exact link it's hard to know where it is supposed to point. The MAPI is only available for 3.x if you purchase the mobile suite-

http://www.vbulletin.com/en/mobile/

There is no documentation for the MAPI, if you want to use it you must figure that out yourself- there is no official support.
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Old 22 Sep 2014, 11:43
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purchased the plugin. installed and could not get it to work. created a ticket. let's see if support can help trouble shoot.
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Old 22 Sep 2014, 19:49
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Is Facebook killing forum? Here is the answer. As of November 1st that will no longer be free.
http://nationalreport.net/facebook-b...-users-2-99mo/

Mass desertions ahead
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Old 22 Sep 2014, 19:53
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Is Facebook killing forum? Here is the answer. As of November 1st that will no longer be free.
http://nationalreport.net/facebook-b...-users-2-99mo/

Mass desertions ahead
Ya knew it was a matter of time before they started charging people.
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Old 22 Sep 2014, 20:00
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Don't believe everything you read. Facebook AD revenues can easily pay for their service they offer for free. You have to look no further than their quarterly's.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...w/43151841.cms
http://gadgets.ndtv.com/social-netwo...me-soon-596081

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