Running vBulletin on iPage

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Running vBulletin on iPage

Forum sites are one of the most visited websites on the internet. There, thousands of people can exchange in discussions, share useful information and ideas, and do many other things like contests, promotions and e-commerce. The options are unlimited. That is why most webmasters choose to develop forum sites instead of regular websites. You can get thousands of followers and users without much effort and web content will not be a problem since the users themselves are the ones who will fill your site with their own ideas. Some web hosting providers also offer forum-support on their hosting plans. And one of them is iPage.

vBulletin Forum

This forum application was created by two institutions, vBulletin Solutions and JelSoft Enterprises. More than a decade has passed since it was developed in 2000 and newer versions are even created for it as of writing. This way, users are assured that vBulletin forums underwent hundreds of application tests and that the latest versions are stable and are certainly compatible with most major web browsers. A system crash on a forum site cause bigger damage than a conventional website.

vBulletin stood out from other forum applications because of its slick and neat-looking forum templates and designs. It also allows the site administrator to customize its skins and functions to fit the needs of their users. vBulletin also excels when it comes to functionality and site administrators can use a number of forum functions to manage the forums. One of the most common problems of forum sites is a spammer. Spammers make annoying and meaningless posts which can take up a huge chunk of the forum’s storage. This is addressed by vBulletin with its effective anti-spammer functions.

Due to the demand for vBulletin forums, it was later on made proprietary. A regular vBulletin license can cost $250 or $350 depending on the package you choose. This price is far too expensive than a regular web hosting package.

iPage Hosting

iPage is a very popular web hosting provider offering one of the lowest hosting price in the online market. Aside from its affordable service, you can still save more by taking advantage of their cool promos like coupon codes and discount links. Some of the services you’ll get on their Essential Hosting plan include: unlimited bandwidth and storage space, one year free domain, unlimited POP/email accounts and MySQL databases, a free site builder, vDeck control panel, and a number of add-ons you can choose to include in your hosting package. You can enjoy all these services for just a few bucks per month.

Running vBulletin on iPage

iPage users can choose from various forum platforms and install them on their websites. The available forum applications are: phpBB, SimpleMachines, bbPress, Vanilla forums, PunBB and vBulletin. Setting up a forum site in the past can be a very challenging task. And only those with good background in web programming can do the task. This is no longer true with iPage because of its one-click application installer called SimpleScripts. With it, you can install vBulletin in just a few minutes.

Installation Procedures

As mentioned, you can easily install vBulletin using SimpleScripts. You don’t even have to edit anything on your site’s source code or configurations. SimpleScripts will do all the dirty work for you. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Login to iPage and go to your admin control panel.
  • Look for the “SimpleScripts” icon and open it.
  • Scroll down and look for the “Forum” category where the forum applications are listed.
  • Open the “vBulletin” icon.
  • On the following page, just fill-in the Installation Preferences and choose the version of vBulletin you want to use as well as the URL of your site. Click “Begin Installation”.
  • Wait for the installation to complete and check vBulletin on your website.

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