Update: 30 Sept, Sunday
Alright, opened the forum back up. We tried to replicate our old skin on the new forum software. We're still working out some kinks, and we're aware of most of the display related issues.
Things may also load slower until I finish working on the cache system.
If you notice anything that's functionally broken though, please PM me.Update: 28 Sept
Basically, we were going to upgrade from vBulletin 3 to vBulletin 4. But we really don't like the direction vBulletin went down, especially after trying out vBulletin 5 (currently in beta).
So Contra and I are looking into possibly upgrading to similar forum software called IPBoard (Invision) which is another popular forum platform.
It'll take us a moment to assess our options, and I don't have an estimation. I'll post an update with our decision as it happens.
I also have no time to work on this during the week, so I can only make progress during weekends.My beloved minions,Update: 23 Sept
Forum was down for a while due to unrelated issues.
Change of plans: I'm going to compare a few upgrade solutions this week and do the upgrade next weekend when I have a full day of freetime.
The Guild runs on forum software called vBulletin. We're still on version 3.8, the latest version is 4.2, and version 5.0 is currently in beta. In other words, we're running on pretty old software and would benefit from a newer version.
I'm currently testing the upgrade on a development server and will start upgrading the Guild in a few hours.
What will change:
We all hate change, and RPGuild's look, feel, and functionality has changed very little since 2007. And I'll have to re-skin the forum all over again. But the benefits outweigh the bad, and I don't invest an entire day and night into this sort of thing unless I feel that it's worth it, so please keep that in mind.
Here are a few things that will change:
- The forum should be usable from mobile devices.
- Various features will suck less, like the Groups system. (Some features might suck more, too!)
- The look/feel/skin of the Guild will be very different. It'll be ugly as hell at first. It'll be downright *fugly*. But I'll reskin it over time.
- We will have beautiful URLs again, like "roleplayerguild.com/topic/382-the-art-of-war" instead of the current "roleplayerguild.com/showthread.php?id=382".
- Better performance, faster website, cheaper for me to host.
- Easier for me to code new features.
- And more
I don't like all of the changes and neither will you, but it's a trade-off that I've decided is worth it.
The Guild will be offline for *at least* a few hours. And that's if everything works perfectly. However, the forum may be down for longer if I encounter problems. It happens.
When will this happen?
Dunno, actually. I'm too tired to do it tonight. So I'll probably do it Sunday. Maybe Monday. No rush. Maybe Friday.
Just wanted to give yall heads up.
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