vBulletin pulls a Movable Type, big 2010 opening for bbPress (a la WP '04)
I honestly don’t get this sudden push to make bbPress a WordPress plugin rather than continue as standalone software. There is so much potential for bbPress to grow and succeed in the 2010 standalone bulletin board market. Disagree? Think about this:
Remember back in 2004 when Movable Type pushed everyone away with their new pricing plan? The result: BLAM! WordPress REALLY took off, fitting the bill as a viable free easy-to-install, easy-to-use alternative.
One can make a strong argument that vBulletin is currently doing the same exact thing Movable Type did with their pricing plan snafu! (http://www.technologyquestions.com/2009/10/28/vbulletins-visceral-price-structure-angers-clients/) Check out this comment by donnacha which says even more: (http://weblogtoolscollection.com/archives/2009/12/11/bbpress-lives/#comment-1321740)
Throw in how complicated phpBB and vBulletin are compared to bbPress (not to mention how easy bbPress is to pickup for those familiar with WordPress) and there is a major bulletin board niche opening for Automattic.
This current bbPress 1.1 development push can really provide a great vBulletin alternative if it is done right. Shine up bbPress so it has some of the default features vBulletin and other boards offer (as OPTIONS in the admin interface) and we will see an exodus a la Movable Type to WordPress in 2004.
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