About vBulletin releases

Ever since the first release of the vBulletin Forum product came out in the year 2000, the software has undergone several improvements and changes. Following is a brief list of the major revisions and important changes that have been done on the product. The current versions of vBulletin as we write this article is 3.8.8, 4.2.2 and 5.1.7. Let’s now briefly take you through each one of its important releases:

VBulletin version 2
This version came out on May 21, 2001 and it’s no longer being developed actively. It had many new features over the first version. The major improvements included attaching of polls to the threads, user avatars, user control panel, unlimited forum nesting and private messaging between the users.

VBulletin version 3
This version came out on March 19, 2004 and was initially intended to be simply an extension of the 2.x series. The whole idea was to simply improve the user experience and performance of the vBulletin 2 series. However, with time, the developers realized that it’ll end up as a complete rewrite of the earlier version. Some of the major improvements that it made over the vBulletin 2 were:
- Support for multiple languages with the help of phrases
- Updation of style and templates for accommodation of CSS and XHTML
- A WYSIWIG editors to help users post easily
- Multiple views of threads: hybrid, threaded and linear
- Elimination of hardcoded English text
- Provision of paid subscriptions allowing administrators to monetize certain features

Thereafter, Vbulletin 3.5.0 was released in September 2005 addressing various problems that users were having with the version 3. Later on, vBulletin 3.6.0 came out in August 2006, followed by vBulletin 3.7 on April 29, 2008. The latest stable vBulletin release is version 3.8.7 which came out on February 28, 2011.

VBulletin version 4
This version of vBulletin was released on December 21, 2009 and what set it apart from the previous versions was its Publishing Suite that included blog and CMS functions. Other important updates to the software included: better search engine optimization, centralized attachment system (enabling easy sharing of attachments among different products) and a cross-content search system. In addition, the styling and template engine also underwent a change.

vBulletin version 5 Connect
The version 5 of vBulletin was released to the public in the form of a beta version on September 25, 2012. The release was only for verification and testing purposes and lacked several major features of the earlier versions.