With all the trouble John was having with the new version of vBulletin, I was going to ask if he had checked out any other "forum" software such as this. I have never used xenForo, but from what I understand the guys who wrote the "best" version of vBulletin are the guys who designed this software. The other choice would have been for John to use an older version of the vBulletin software, like maybe Version 3.6.8, it was probably one of the best releases of their software. vBulletin makes great forum software, but they are notorious for releasing super buggy software updates and then fixing them after a bunch of people start complaining about what isn't working.
It appears that way, maybe John will have a way to import the data from the other forum, not sure on that. I'm sure this is all very frustrating for John. I would like to thank him for all his efforts in this endeavor he has undertaken.
The "old" program was the very newest version of vBulletin and they are known for releasing software that is full of bugs and glitches and then fixing it over time as people use it. Pretty sure John just wanted a working forum and wasn't looking to spend a bunch of time and effort being someone's beta tester. The "old" software would have fulfilled all the "needs", the question is when it would have been able to do so.
It looks like the avatars work, the members list works and I just copy/pasted that gif image into my post above. Really easy to put that in the post, didn't even have to go through the browse/upload process. Copied it from one web page, click this page and pasted right into the text box.
It also looks like the signature line is working.
The edit works fine and you can put spaces between paragraphs that stick and don't bunch your writing together.