I’ve been pondering the idea of upgrading some of my forums to the latest version of vBulletin, but what has held me back is the fact that upgrading vBulletin is a huge pain.
What I love so much about WordPress is that it’s so easy to upgrade and manage plugins. I remember when I first started blogging and I held off on upgrading to the latest version of WordPress because I was concerned about how difficult the process was going to be. To my surprise it was very easy and I’ve never had any issue during the upgrade process for the past 17+ months I’ve been blogging.
On the flip side, over the past three years of administering and managing vBulletin forums I’ve had numerous problems dealing with the vBulletin software than with WordPress. In particular the most time consuming task is working with old modifications that need to be upgrading after moving up to a new version of vBulletin. The settings on vBulletin plugins also frequently need adjustment after upgrading. In my opinion the time consumed while dealing with all apects of the vBulletin upgrade process has been much greater than with the WordPress upgrade process.
What do you think forum admins / bloggers? Have you found vBulletin more difficult to deal with than WordPress?