New Forum Software Survey -- Please Participate!

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  1. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Now that I'm finally finished studying for my last computer certification -- I passed the exam today -- I can turn my attention to other things, one of which is upgrading our forum software. The software we currently use, vBulletin 4, is no longer being developed, but security updates are still available. This means that we have some time to evaluate other stuff on the market. My current favorites, in no particular order, are:

    * vBulletin 5
    * XenForo (this is what Pete Thomas uses)
    * phpBB (they're coming out with a major update, 3.2, soon)

    Feel free to suggest something else. If you just have a feature you'd like us to have, please post that! Don't worry about cost.

    Thanks!

    EDIT: for more forums, take a look at the Wikipedia article.
     
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    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

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    Huh, I guess I should have realized that there are multiple forum software systems people are using these days. I remember a time when everyone's forums looked the same... Ah yes... I feel like I should be in a museum....
     
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    Kudos Pete on your adding to your extensive list of computer certs, very impressive. Part of me dreads moving to new forum software, I've pretty much sussed this one out. But I understand the need to keep up with technology, if not just for security concerns. Plus [MENTION=140]pete[/MENTION] is very careful in his rollouts. It will be interesting to see if [MENTION=232]saxhound[/MENTION] has any observations, having been an IT guy back in the day.
     
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    saxhound Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    I can't say I have any expertise in this area. The closest I came was managing a few SharePoint implementations, but even that was more from the infrastructure side than development. I do like the look of XenForo. phpBB always seems too busy looking when I hit one of their sites.
     
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    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Right that's option two, XenForo that Pete mentioned below.
     
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    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    With all of your horns I think you qualify as a museum lol :)


    okay, I never checked what the site is run with. But I like the look and feel and features.
     
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    Just one request: please don't choose a format that would confuse those of us who would need intensive study to become computer semi-literate.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    That's the fun part of being a tech, retread!
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Added link to the Wikipedia page for forum software comparison. Looks like Wordpress has one available. That's definitely something I'll take a peek at.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    First, responding to myself, I wasn't terribly impressed with the WordPress forums I saw. Looked kinda ... early 1990s.

    Second, I think I'll let this run for about a month or so. This month, I work weekends and I've got a business trip, too, so I won't really be around to actually do a forum switch ... and I'd like to see if more than 9 other people and me care :p. I might do a poll, if I see that folks are gravitating around one platform or another. I can say that unless I'm just overly wowed by a free product and/or there is some strong community support for something, we're going to go with a paid-for product. As Gandalfe mentioned, it's for the support.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    OK, then. I think we're more-or-less in agreement that Xenforo is our choice.

    The first or second week of August, I'm planning on taking a week off, so that's when I plan to start playing with new software. That doesn't mean that we're going to migrate at that time. It means that I'll be setting up a test forum and see how importing data goes.

    There will be at least one more upgrade to our current vBulletin software in the somewhat near future. It's a planned bugfix release. That means that I'll have time to play with the new stuff before the old stuff is no longer supported. That's, quite literally, the perfect time to do an upgrade.
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Alea iacta est. Xenforo and its associated gallery plugin have been purchased!
     
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