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11-15-2008, 01:25 PM

I run a non-profit website for a scientific association and, a few years ago, we installed phpBB -- it is version 2.0.21... A couple of MODs were also installed at the time. We would like to upgrade to the latest version (including the MODs) and I'm sure a pro can do it in a fraction of the time that we'd need. The Forum is actually a disaster (in the sense that it's hardly ever used), but we hope that the upgrade will give us the opportunity to bring in a few of the lost sheep, so to speak... :)

The question is, how much is a reasonable price to pay for something like this? Your opinion matters -- please let it be known.

If you have profound experience in phpBB, interested in helping with such an upgrade, and can provide suitable references, then I would be interested in hearing from you.

Thank you for all the feedback.

11-15-2008, 09:00 PM
Hello again,

Some of you have contacted me about this upgrade. An important aspect that everyone forgot is the references part... :)

I'm sorry, but before we even settle on any fee, I need to see that you're at ease with phpBB3.

In brief, we need to upgrade a very small (and, currently, almost traffic-less) forum from its current version (2.0.21) to the latest version 3 currently available. The members (a couple of hundred) and their data should be maintained, as well as the existing posts. A couple of MODs had been installed, which may or may not be required (we can discuss this, based on the newer capabilities of phpBB 3).

We're looking for someone with experience in phpBB who's willing to provide suggestions and walk me through the installation/migration procedure. References regarding previous experience in phpBB (including version 3) is a must. I don't need written letters of recommendation, but I need to understand that you do have experience in what you're about to do...

Thank you for your time.

11-15-2008, 11:44 PM
you would be better off saving your money and getting (http://fatbikez.com) vbulletin instead. its obvious that most boards on the net these days are running vbulletin

11-16-2008, 03:39 AM
you would be better off saving your money and getting (http://fatbikez.com) vbulletin instead. its obvious that most boards on the net these days are running vbulletin

vBulletin, Invision Power Board, and phpBB as well as a few lesser known competitor bulletin board systems have its advantages and disadvantages.

vBulletin out of the box has better security but phpBB which has been modified can beat it, Invision Power Board is probably the most expansive system with the most features but phpBB's large community can make something for anything that these two companies (and in vBulletin's case corporation) and their resources can produce. The only reason that many people choose vBulletin over others is because its pretty much sutible for 90% of the buyers right out of the box so to speak but for someone who is willing to modify the source code a little many other packages will do as well or better and at little to no price.

I personally just think that vBulletin is overhyped and think that the professional coders vs. the large free source community will produce equal results, its just a little work to find those results in the latter.

11-16-2008, 11:34 AM
Just to throw in my (off-topic) opinion: I also believe the large ("free", but this is a different topic again...) open-source base is capable of producing equally valid results.

And, yes, we're still looking for someone to help us in that upgrade :)

02-09-2010, 06:57 AM
Hi there,

You can get that job done so very cheaply at odesk, I use the programmers from there all the time and jobs like this are easy and can be done on the cheap.

Hopefully you are still needing help with this, although you did post a few months back

Tony Delusse

P.S. I know a few Indian programmers I can put you in touch with if you do want to (email me: tony_ (http://www.thyrominewarning.com/general/thyromine-warning)Delusse21@gmail)

04-03-2010, 06:28 AM
Hey there, thanks techguy1, I had a look at odesk and you can get dirt cheap programmers there, my concern is how good a quality they are though. (http://www.provillus-reviews-online.com)