Yesterday vBulletin announced that vBulletin 4.0 is on it’s way along with a publishing suite that includes a Blog and an Article-based CMS Publishing.
I am really looking forward to upgrading to the suite and if you’re a customer with an active license, the vBulletin Publishing Suite is at a pre-sale discount price of only $130 (over 50% off regular price) which will expire on Friday October 30, 2009.
They also announced a new a license structure. vBulletin is now changing to a one-time owned license fee for each major point release. This will mean no more annual renewal fees, once you purchase a major point version, you’ll receive maintenance, security and minor point releases for the life of 4.x or that current version. The price of a new license will increase from $160.00 to $195.00 and the suite will be priced at $250.00 for the upgrade after the presale and $285.00 for a new suite. If you currently have an active license you will be able to upgrade to 4.0 for free, but your license MUST be active.
Interesting pricing decision and as always I am sure there will be some backlash to the new pricing structure, I actually don’t mind it, it’s not like they are going to release new version every 6 months. I believe that vBulletin is the best and easiest forum software out there and I will continue to use and support them.
You can take a look a vBulletin’s new site as well as some screen shots HERE