So today I became a proud owner of XenForo, the newest forum platform. For those who have never purchased forum software before, I thought I would tell you how the process went.
It all began at 10:40 Eastern when I verified that I had the proper funds in my PayPal account. You would be very surprised how many people go to purchase something and fail to check their account to see if they have the proper funds in there.
After seeing that I was okay, I headed over to XenForo.com, clicked Buy, entered my contact infomation, and headed to the checkout page. I want to commend both XenForo and PayPal for making this process very smooth. There’s nothing like getting hung up in the payment process to ruin your spirits. Everything was perfect.
I logged into my new customer account and was ready to download the software. But before I could do that I had to enter my forum title and what the URL of the forum would be.
Once that was done I selected which version I wanted and clicked Download. Wow, almost instantly the zip file containing all of the forum goodies was on my computer. It was lightning fast. I unzipped the file using StuffIt.
I fired up SmartFTP and began uploading all of the files. I’ve used SmartFTP for years and have had very little problems with it. If you’ve never used it before I strongly recommend giving it a try. It took just four minutes to upload the files from my computer to my web host.
Chimpie, what web host do you use?
That’s a great question. For the past few years I’ve used HostGator for all of my hosting needs. HostGator is a very solid company, headquartered in Houston, Texas and recently expanded their workforce and opened another support center in Austin, Texas.
Now that the files were on my web host, I pointed by browser to the install script and began the installation process. Within the first step or two you are asked to enter your MySQL database name, username and password. If you have any problems setting up this information ask your web host. Since this is not my first installation I had the information ready to go.
Once that was entered in the installation process continued. This is where XenForo is head over heels better than vBulletin. With vBulletin (version 3) you have to keep clicking ‘next’ during each part of the process. Not here. The guys at XenForo have coded this very well. You click once and everything else is taken care of. This process took about 3 minutes.
At 11:01, just 21 minutes after clicking Buy on Xenforo’s homepage, I had my new forum online.
I’ll be spending my spare time over the next couple of weeks modifying the style to meet my needs, but you can monitor my progress by visiting www.chimpie.com/xenforo.
Overall I’m very pleased with how this entire process went. Thumbs up to the entire XenForo team!