Scott Hanselman

Hanselman Forums - AspNetForum from JitBit

August 29, 2007 Comment on this post [5] Posted in Reviews
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WindowClippingI wanted to take a second to not only remind folks of the Forums over at, 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. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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August 30, 2007 3:27
I'm always looking for new forums but haven't found jitbit appealing. I'm using InstantForum from
August 30, 2007 3:44
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.
August 31, 2007 13:35
Hi Scott,
the first 2 Links in your text are dead. They point to /forums but it's really /forum

August 31, 2007 14:01
Thanks, ISAPI-REWRITE is broken. I'm fixing it.
October 23, 2007 22:25
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 code to produce such great performance??? I'd love to add some of that magic pixy dust to my web app!


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