few years back i proudly posted of migrating to vBulletin premium forum system and boasted about the great move I made back then! Sadly, I am having to change my opinion after few years of being on the vBulletin platform which I paid 300 USD (just to download). I must admit that it is one of the most powerful and scalable forum script as of today but they lack that kind of support and customer service. It is always good when everything goes smooth but things change once you are hacked or your forum breaks.
Several times, I observed that the forum was broken and I managed to fix it with some break-fix techniques but finally my forum was hacked and without me knowing, the system was injected with several shell scripts by malicious hackers and never knew about this unless I started observing several phishing attempts from my server. I was quick to clean up and change passwords, in a matter of hours, I was hacked again! Later on further investigation I found that there were scripts everywhere hidden into folders with legit looking file names. It became very hard as I did have the below challenges / road blocks with vBulletin: Read more