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New vBulletin Cloud to make forums easier to run than ever.

A new fully hosted version of vBulletin's forum software has been launched. The move should make security patches a thing of the past for many.
But is it an ideal move for everyone? Or just a good move for some websites who want simplicity?
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vBulletin announced the launch of the new vBulletin Cloud today.
The new software is a fully hosted version of their popular software including hosting on their cloud system.
The company claims this will offer fast and easy set up's and simple management. Along with no hardware to buy or manage.

Further to this it will automatically upgrade customers forums to the latest versions as required, and offers fully scalable capacity to match customers needs.

vBulletin Cloud is here!
vBulletin Cloud is here!
About Vbulletin Cloud

"Our customers have been asking for a hosted version of vBulletin for quite some time," said Joe Rosenblum, CTO of Internet Brands, the parent company of vBulletin. "Rather than rush a product to market, we spent several months talking to current forum owners to gauge their unique needs and expectations. We're very proud of the final result, and we think vBulletin Cloud truly leads forums into the modern era of cloud-based software."
The cloud-based version of vBulletin was created with three major themes in mind: ease-of-use, efficiency, and security.

vBulletin Cloud removes virtually all barriers to setting up a forum, and is ideal for entry to mid-level customers looking to establish a stand-alone forum or to integrate a forum with a larger site. There is no hardware to purchase or manage, and sites are fully customizable with all of vBulletin's main features enabled, including all key admin controls. Fast, easy set-up and management is presented in a non-technical way, eliminating the need for site operators to have extensive programming or coding experience.

With major data breaches making headlines and affecting millions of people around the world, security has become imperative for website operators. vBulletin Cloud sites will be hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), providing world-class security and scalability and removing the need for sites to worry about hosting hardware purchases and maintenance.
Software upgrades are also no longer a concern with vBulletin Cloud. Sites will be automatically upgraded to each new version of the software with little or no work required by customers, ensuring that vBulletin Cloud websites are always running the most secure version of vBulletin possible. High-performance servers are optimized for vBulletin and provide robust data redundancy and back-up, ensuring that costly downtime is minimized for vBulletin Cloud sites.

The total cost of vBulletin Cloud site operation is likely to be lower for customers than hosting a forum site themselves, thanks to low total cost and savings on hosting and staffing. vBulletin Cloud provides low monthly and annual pricing with no set-up charges and no long-term commitment. Pricing is based on bandwidth usage and starts as low as $14.99 per month and 100GB of storage is included at no additional cost. Sites have the option of starting with a low-priced plan and growing into higher tiers if needed.
"Hosting headaches and expenses are now a thing of the past for forum owners," said Rosenblum. "vBulletin Cloud allows customers to focus on what's important: nurturing and growing their forums into world-class on-line communities."

The Gold package costs $74.95 billed monthly with 200 GB bandwidth per month.

Does this remove the need for conventional hosting for Vbulletin?

While this is clearly an affordable easy way to operate a forum, my opinion is it won't be suitable for every website and installation although is a good move for many webmasters and site owners.

Not all forums are just a forum for starters, they often form a small part of a larger website, and this may complicate the simple life of using vBulletin Cloud.
Further more many forums are GEO niched, and a forum should always try and host their website as close to their target audience as possible.
Not only to increase the websites speed to their core viewers, but it can have a huge impact on SEO (Search engine optimisation).

Clearly it's a great move in order to sell more copies of vBulletin bundled in to a monthly subscription package, and it certainly removes a lot of hassle if it suits your website well!

Conventional vBulletin is dead?

This is unlikely there is clearly more control over picking your own hosting company, and there is certainly more control over your forum and website as a whole on your own hosting of choice. It will be interesting to see more about the flexibility of vBulletin Cloud as time progresses.

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