HUGE Update. Special Offers Galore! Over SIX new mods! OTHER STUFF!
by, 2nd January 2013 at 00:56 (8301 Views)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year folks!
A massive blog for you all to celebrate us all surviving the Mayan Apocalypse and making it into 2013. Hopefully you all have been having a great holiday season and are fired up and ready to help your site reach its full potential with the help of DBTech!
Firstly, to celebrate the New Year we had a special contest here at DBTech - all of the coders got 48 hours to code a mini mod from scratch, and the stuff they came up with was fantastic. We decided to not only release all of these mods to you for free, but also to make a special coupon code so you could get free Branding Free licenses for all the mods with every purchase over $150 this week. It should automatically add the code if you purchase the New Year Contest Bundle, but in case it doesn't simply enter the code NEWYEAR. Since the Branding Free licenses are worth $179.70 this is the definition of a bargain. The sale expires at midnight GMT on Jan 8th (7PM EST, 4PM PST) Here are some details about the mods:
Threads Auto Close by Chris/Ozzy47: Threads Auto Close allows administrators to automatically close threads after X post or X replies. This is the ideal product to eliminate the bumping or resurrecting of old/dead threads. You can apply this forum-wide, or only to certain forums that need it. Imagine how much time your staff will save not having to ask people not to resurrect dead threads!
Draft Posts by Matt/Mokonzi: Draft Posts is a simple system that allows users to create draft copies from any post and then reuse them later as a template or draft for a new post. Users can use drafts to make common replies and have full control over which draft copies they want to keep. Deactivating or uninstalling the mod has no impact on the posting system.
Follow User by Jon/Pandemikk: Follow User from DragonByte Tech is a modification designed to allow members to follow one another in different social aspects of the forum. When a followed user completes an action such as a new post or a new thread, the followers receive either an email and/or PM updates based on their preference.
DBTech Member Map by John/Darkwaltz4: Member Map uses geolocation to determine where each of your members resides and plots them on an interactive google map. Includes mini profile popups with avatars, browser location support, usergroup exclusions, and customizable pin colors. Coordinates are processed in batches to ensure smooth performance. Go check out DBTechs Member Map (and add yourself to it!) here
Re-Order Posts by Fillip/Belazor: Re-Order Posts is a mod to let your staff move posts around in a thread - members no longer need to "reserve" posts - staff can move new posts to prime locations as required. Have a thread being overrun with posts commenting on the content instead of posting new content? Now your staff can move the content to the front of the thread. Dozens of different possible applications for your site.
Advanced Censor Options by Dylan: Advanced Censor Options allows you to have much more fine-grained censorship options over your site - including banning/replacing words only in thread titles, and setting different words to be censored/replaced on a per-forum basis. Have an 18+ forum? You can exclude it from your normal censorship options now. Want to replace curse words with the word kitten so your kittening members who swear like kitten don't kitten off the motherkitteners who hate curse words? Now you can!
Other special offers: We still have our DBTech Essentials Bundle sale going on at the moment. This bundle contains the 6 mods we feel are essential for every forum: vBOptimise, vBDonate, vBMail, vBSecurity, Advanced Post Thanks/Like and Advanced User Tagging. It has all 6 lifetime licenses available for a special price of $299 - the usual price is $600. Even if you already own one or two of the mods you will make massive savings by buying this bundle, which is our biggest discount ever. This sale expires at midnight GMT on Jan 4th (7PM EST, 4PM PST)
We now have a poll up on the forum homepage where you can place a very special vote - a vote for what mod you would like to see in a special Pay What You Want sale in the near future. What is a PWYW sale? It's exactly what it sounds like. You will pay whatever you want for the mod (minimum of $5). If it's successful (read as: We don't lose a bunch of money because everyone chooses to just pay $5) we will probably make this a semi-regular thing and do a PWYW sale a few times a year. You can pick what mod you want to be the first ever PWYW mod from Infopanels, AJAX Threads and vBForms. Once launched the PWYW sale will last for a week. You can also vote here.
We have also released our Mod Manager product for vBulletin 5 - this lets you ensure your DBTech mods are up to date by automatically checking for you once per day. Read about the release here.
In other news, there has been a security hotfix released for vBQuiz for vB4.
Lastly our vBDonate and Thread Ratings mods are up for Mod of the Month on vBulletin.org this month. Thank you to everyone who nominated us! If you could spare 30 seconds to go vote for your favourite mod we would appreciate it!
What's Going On
@Belazor is working on a vBDownloads rewrite + a vB5 port.
@Dylan is continuing work on his new mod.
@Darkwaltz4 is continuing work on vBArcade for #vB5
@Ozzy47 is working on an unannounced mod
@bszopi is on a general leave of absence
@Pandemikk is still working on new features for Advanced #Registration
@Mokonzi is working on a vB5 port of one of his mods
@the-danzor is making a new layout for DBTech
Gallery-complementing mod in the next few months
Questions & Answers Lite in the next week or so
vBDonate vB5 Gold in the next few weeks
vBDownloads for vB5 in the next few weeks
Advanced Registration v2 in the near future
Several more vB5 Ports in the coming months
This has possibly been my busiest time of year since early summer, planning out the holiday season sales and the direction for DBTech going into 2013 - it's been exhausting!
Hopefully you guys like/appreciate the 6 free mods we have given you - if you do, use the coupon to get the branding free for nothing! It will give us warm and fuzzies and help me encourage the guys to do another one of these contests in the future.
I have more things planned that i'll share with you guys - since you guys who read the blog are awesome and all. First of all i'm going to send out a survey to 100 or so customers basically asking them to rate us on certain things etc, and then i'm going to use the results to both improve DBTech and in advertising copy (e.g 9/10 customers would recommend DBTech to a friend). If you get selected please do fill it out - the surveys are only going out to a select number of customers who i personally feel will have good answers to give. Chances are the initial selection will be our most prolific customers (those who spend the most at DBTech), if you want to make absolutely sure you are included let me know in the comments.
Second thing I'm considering doing is adding an automatic PM after a support thread is closed linking to a questionnaire about it. The questions would be things like: Are you happy with the outcome (1-10)
Are you happy with how long it took (1-10)
Did the experience make you more or less likely to make a purchase in future (1-10)
As well as open questions about if you have any concerns or problems etc.
The answers would go directly to me and while I would be able to see who filled the questionnaire the support staff and devs wouldn't see them, to encourage honesty. What do you guys think about this idea? Like it? Hate it? Think you would find it annoying?
There are other things going on as part of the upcoming redesign as well - I'm gathering quotes from our more well-known clients (e.g gearbox software) about the company to display, and i'm going to add a short About DBTech box to the mainpage telling people about the ways we can help their forum and a little about who we are. Feedback on this kind of thing is welcome.
I look forward to your feedback in the comments on everything from the sales (good idea, bad idea, could be better, what would encourage you to buy more?), to the survey ideas, to general how we could be better in 2013!
Thanks for reading,
Iain & The DBTech Team
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