Scott Hanselman

Hanselman Forums - AspNetForum from JitBit

August 28, '07 Comments [5] Posted in Reviews
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WindowClippingI wanted to take a second to not only remind folks of the Forums over at http://hanselman.com/forums, but also to recognize AspNetForum from JitBit and what they've done in the last month or so.

in July I started evaluating Forums Software and tried a number of them and installed three.

I ended up picking the most bare-bones one, at the time, AspNetForum. It costs only US$85, which is insanely cheap. I paid it happily. It's not bare-bones now.

It's ridiculously fast. Head over to the Forums and try it out for yourself. It's easy to modify; It took me all of a half-hour to skin and modify the Master Page to make the forums look like this site, including the very-top navigation.

In the last month I've thrown a pile of suggestions at JitBit on ways they could improve the software and nearly every one has been added, cleanly, within a few weeks. I've since upgraded the forums four times, easily.

Here's some of the cool features (many new) since I launched the forums in July:

They've also got an RSS Feed for their Version History, which is a MicroISV Best Practice if ever I saw one.

JitBit doesn't know me from Adam, I'm just a fan. I paid for their product, they've paid me nothing. I just am really happy with the software I selected for the forums. For $85, I'm very happy with my purchase.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:27:27 PM UTC
I'm always looking for new forums but haven't found jitbit appealing. I'm using InstantForum from http://www.instantasp.com.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:44:36 PM UTC
I tried InstantForum, even paid for it, and it was just too slow and had far too many features. Also the "web bling" - the number of widgets and controls on a single page - were overwhelming, and their solution was to turn them to Visible="false", which hides them, but the processing time is still spent generating them.
Friday, August 31, 2007 9:35:29 AM UTC
Hi Scott,
the first 2 Links in your text are dead. They point to /forums but it's really /forum

Bye
Stefan
Friday, August 31, 2007 10:01:48 AM UTC
Thanks, ISAPI-REWRITE is broken. I'm fixing it.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 6:25:23 PM UTC
AspNetForum is crazy-fast. I've never seen an ASP.NET app that fast. Have there been any write-ups or blog posts on how they optimized their asp.net code to produce such great performance??? I'd love to add some of that magic pixy dust to my web app!

jb
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