I think the PM limit for new users is not an indication of a bad community or any deficiency on WHMCS part. It's quite normal to have limits like this to reduce the likelihood of a spammer joining a forum and then spamming users.
I would suggest killing that horrible system you have to suggest new features. Why not integrate this into the forums? Lets stop calling it a forum. Turn it into a community.
With some plugins or some coding nothing stops from you creating a section for feature requests where users can share and post ideas. Yes, you can also make a fancy voting for Yes or No options or down vote and up vote or categorize them by ideas, features, etc. You will even save money by not having to pay that external service anymore which is slow and buggy. Personally I find it annoying having to log in with separated logins. Now I have my customer login, my forum login, my feedback login. Ouch ! I think it would be far better to integrate that system in the forum. Nobody knows better than those using WHMCS and sharing in the community what is a bug or a feature.
Same for bugs. If tons of users vote that something is a bug, maybe it is. Or maybe a bug is a feature. You never know and this is why you need several persons or eyes deciding on this not fighting with Support to confirm one. Speaking of that, you would save tons of time for customers as well support if people could actually search and read bugs. I spend 2 hours yesterday reporting a bug that was already reported because of this for the simple reason I cannot see what was reported before.
But by far the biggest improvement you can do is tell WHMCS staff to be more active. Some companies make every employee share something at least once a day in their blogs or community. You should. I never see anyone from WHMCS here, like a ghost company. Learn from cPanel on this. I can’t stop saying this enough. There is no point in having a community if nobody that works in WHMCS or at least power users are here.
About those as well, if you don’t somehow reward your most loyal or active users, trust me, someday they will move on. The time someone spends in another company forum should be rewarded somehow, because time is money. Maybe you have give them a free badge not available to others, or maybe make some yearly prize contest or maybe you can credit them something that they can use towards their support costs or software upgrades with WHMCS. I would seriously consider this if you want people to be active.
Ideas for this consists of a button like Buy me a Beer or similar. There are some people you want to reward for their posts, other users want to reward them, so some type of Thank you or Reward button would do the trick. In order to avoid abusing a system like this, you could actually verify users that are WHMCS customers or with active licenses, those could be classified internally so there are no fake sign ups that abuse the forum while still letting the general public register and post.
Also, please switch to XenForo. Vbulletin is extremely insecure and buggy today. I'm sure you where hacked more than once just because you where using Vbulletin. Its even more buggy and slow on each new release. The interface is very messy and complicated. It lags with tons of things while Xenforo is very snappy on the interface. WoltLab is also a very good option.
Just my 2 cents.
Last edited by yggdrasil; 03-04-17 at 08:18 PM.
An ash I know there stands, a tall tree, connecting the nine worlds. Yggdrasill is its name.
Thanks for your detailed thoughts yggdrasil, I'd like to spend a moment to address some if I may.
Many moons ago we did handle feature requests via these forums. The challenges doing it that way were; users suggesting the same ideas, no way to judge how many users agreed with a particular idea short of "Me too" type replies - which are made more difficult by the minimum post-length requirement - and no way to indicate at-a-glance the status of a suggestion.
The current feature request site is not perfect, but it does overcome these challenges and works better for us. When the site was launched it did have a login-share with these forums, but it didn't seem to work particularly well. That said, better integration between the feature request site/members area/forums is certainly something we can investigate further.
Here on the forums we do have user ranks; user start at Newbie and get promoted the more posts are made, each rank has its own unique badge below your name. We also have a special rank of Gearhead which is awarded to users who make a special contribution: https://forum.whmcs.com/showthread.p...Gearhead-Sentq
You can also give users reputation for a particular post; click the "up/down arrow" icon below a user's post to add or subtract from the user's reputation.
█ The Complete Client Management, Billing & Support System
Working well: the forum works?
Be improved: Better documentation, better technical support answers other than generic "not our problem", PHP7 support (seriously, why doesn't this product even support this yet?!), better support response times, more WHMCS staff around to assist on the forums.
See more of: Product specific: More documentation especially around common/uncommon errors (user shouldn't have to search for hours to find a resolution to an error that may have already been answered before), support for the latest PHP versions (why are you still running outdated versions?) Forum specific: more whmcs staff, especially devs that can answer technical questions without attitude or generic "its your setup/not our problem"
We were a previous client of WHMCS, left for a competitor's product, however we returned when the competitor's product couldn't keep up with the demands we were placing on it. We left WHMCS because of the poor support, lack of documentation, and frankly the terrible customer service. Since we have returned, I'm sad to say I don't believe things have gotten much better around here. The closer integration with cPanel has been beneficial but technical support answers to tickets are marginal at best and frankly, rarely solve issues the client is having.
To be honest, it feels like WHMCS is dying a slow, painful death. Lousy customer service, high prices, terrible technical support are all hallmarks of a dying company. I hope ChrisD that you honestly believe in improving the WHMCS community and providing customers with better support and connections to the WHMCS team as this has been something that has been lacking in the nearly 10 years we have been in business.
Thanks for your feedback Agentblack, whilst this thread is primarily targeted at gathering Community Forum Feedback rather than product or support feedback I'd like to address some of your points.
released on October 3rd 2016 you can review our current system requirements & supported environments for v7 at http://docs.whmcs.com/System_Requirements
Once again Agentblack, thank you for your feedback, I do appriciate it, I hope some of the answers have helped, if you have any other feedback around the forum please do feel free to post it
I'm really glad to read that there seems to be a genuine effort to improve the forums!
What do you feel is working well?
+ Community Users Showcase: This should be emphasized more
+ Updated forum board theme, the login form especially nice
+ Forum load speed is always fast, I can't think of the last time I ever got lag on forum.whmcs.com
+ sentq and brian! are good role-models, they work well at making WHMCS succeed.
What do you feel could be improved?
+ do not make people login to download or view attachments
- Forum Sorting: By default, forum boards with most threads and posts should be at the top, respect visitor time and mouse clicks.
- CTRL + F keywords "hello" or "introduce" and you'll see there is no forum board for new members to say hello and introduce themselves.
+ move the free .host domain offer banner to footer... or else! (sike)
What would you like to see more of?
+ I want to see more replies by sentq and brian! - they are amongst the best thing this forum has to offer. I recommend giving them whatever they need so they may continually deliver the exact results everyone wants. Maybe you can even offer them some cash payouts to publish and write tutorials once a month for WHMCS based upon topics they believe the community most demands.
- WHMCS respecting other peoples time and desire to speak freely.
- Stop trying to censor the internet. If someone breaks a rule, do not delete or hide the message.
Last edited by WHMCS ChrisD; 03-12-17 at 10:31 PM. Reason: Moderator Decisions are not up for debate, nor to be posted publically
One thing I always have to remind myself is when I am reading someone's posts that I am injecting my emotions into what is being written based on my experiences, then I check the stylus and phrasing of the sentence. I check my assumptions on if I am right or wrong about the tone of what is being written. So I always ask myself before I reply am I projecting my feelings into this post based on what I read.
Sometimes I have time to rewrite and edit, sometimes I don't, and sometimes I just don't care. :p
Thank you everyone for the feedback that you have provided, I'll use this feedback to shape our community moving forward
Emoticons or smiles help here as well. If you say something that could be taken badly, just put a smile behind and I think most people will not read that as aggressive. Some of us feel comfortable behind a keyboard and sometimes we could say things we regret later. Nobody is perfect and we all can have a bad day but if someone is frustrated or angry, it’s better not to post at all. Or sometimes it is because they can vent the frustration somehow, as long as someone is polite its ok even if you completely dislike what he said.
Same with forum moderators. People will get extremely pissed if you ban or penalize them. You can actually end up making someone so angry that he cancels the products and services because he somehow feels punished. Now you lost a customer because of the dumbest thing forum post. So it’s always better for community forums to warn first before taking those actions as well. In most cases people, will rectify first.
Now I agree with you, Infopro is a bad apple.
NO !!! I was just joking. I don’t even know him or interacted with him before
An ash I know there stands, a tall tree, connecting the nine worlds. Yggdrasill is its name.