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XenForo Installed!

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!

Chimpie.com is HostGator’s Site of the Month

I’m happy to announce that Chimpie.com has been awarded HostGator.com’s Site of the Month!!

HostGator.com currently hosts over 3.6 million websites.  There are some fantastic sites being hosted by HG and it’s truly an honor to be ranked amongst them.

In their June 2010 newsletter, HostGator writes:

Site of the Month:
Chimpie.com is a personal blog that talks about the products and services that Chimpie uses and the experiences that he has. His goal is for businesses to improve and excel.

Chimpie.com recently launched a new feature called Chat with Chimpie, where he interviews key players in the tech industry and talks about recent events and developments. Whether it be webhosting or the latest cell phone apps, Chimpie.com is becoming a go-to place for honest reviews.

Chimpie is a very active member of our Forums and we are very proud of his blog’s progress.

I would like to thank Josh Loe and HostGator for this recognition.  Chimpie.com has had many versions over the past seven years. I’ve been running the new blog format for a couple of months now and it’s been a lot of fun.

There will be two new features coming to the site in July.  Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter so you’ll be the first to know about them.

For those looking for a webhost, I strongly recommend HostGator.  Brent Oxley launched HostGator in 2002 from his dorm room at Florida Atlantic University.  Since then, HostGator has grown into one of the largest hosting providers and was named the 21st fastest growing private companies of 2008 by Inc. Magazine.  Earlier this month they were named one of Texas’ Hottest Texas Companies.  HostGator has its headquarters in Houston, Texas and will be opening a second office in Austin, Texas later this year.  With more than 8,000 servers under management, HostGator hosts over 3 million domains which makes up approximately 2% of the U.S. web site traffic.

To Josh and HostGator, thanks again for this recognition.  It’s been a pleasure being hosted by you for the last two years.

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