I bought a vbulletin license a while back in order to update OzSource to something a bit more advanced, the issue was trying to give this forum script a home/portal page as an entry point for a community and with my limited coding ability, I set apon google to find potential ways to achieve this:
vBadvanced CMPS is quite a popular portal for vbulletin which can pull threads from various forums and populate a front page. Quite a few different modules are available for it though it lacks the ability to create articles and categories. The $49.99 vBadvanced Dynamics has this feature available from vbadvanced also.
An integration of the popular cms Drupal and vbulletin. Quite a powerful solution though difficult to master in the short term. Currently integrated with Drupal 5.7 and can use your vbulletin style.
A similar module based system to that of vbadvanced though costs approximately US$75. Seems to be quite polished, a good alternative.
AJA is a free Portal/Content Management System (CMS) which can stand alone or smoothly integrates with the most popular forum softwares such as vBulletin, Invision Power Board , phpBB, Simple Machines. Haven t tried it though certainly looks interesting. It’s a fork of PHP Nuke which has had a lot of negative criticism in recent years. Forks like Raven Nuke have proven to be secure so this could be one to watch.
Integrates and skins the most popular forums available. This $99.99 script may be an option for those looking for a quick and easy instant online community.
Also integrates with the most popular forum scripts and is free. Tried this with phpbb3 and it seemed to be a fairly decent alternative. The community is a bit smaller but has lots of potential.
Not online yet but claims to “GTPublish empowers vBulletin Administrators to store and manage content more effectively.”
Something I stumbled apon and was immediately impressed with. Not available for download but maybe in the future: “vBSed is a custom made cms script written around vbulletin and it is based on the not so popular but brilliant cms seditio.”
I’ll update this list when I can.