Well, I'm learning a bit. I found out there's a setting that you have to make that's not in the upgrade documentation that you should set if you're making a test forum. Documentation-schmockumentation! REAL coders don't need documentation! PHP is like a second language!
Anyhow, I was able to actually update this current forum (a backup, of course) to vBulletin 4.0.1, but there were some display issues. So, good attempt, but not the full 10 yards. Sticky wicket? Insert your own sports analogy for whichever geographical area.
At this moment, the vBulletin.com forum is down. Erm. OK. THAT fills me with confidence. I think we're DEFINITELY waiting until 4.0.2 for the live forum.
I have tickets open with vBulletin to check on my issues and I've asked Ed to contact our host to try to work on a related issue.
In any event, that gives y'all a longer time to look at the other vBulletin themes! Erm. If y'all find one you like. No one's posted a link to one they do.
I may not be playing with vBulletin stuff, again, until Tuesday or so next week: I got a call from my 88-year-old grandmother-in-law that her computer's virus infected. FakeAS/AV. I really hope it's not the Braviax variant.
I mention this, en passant, on the new forum: I didn't want to add anything I really didn't need to, thus I didn't upload a couple themes I really wanted to. The forum icon is one of them: I can get a "live" forum up and merely put the logo in its place: no problem. I ~may~ have to upload the logo in different places for each theme, too.
I goofed around around with the same stuff that Gandalfe did, but I reported my own post to the Admin/Moderators. I didn't know if that feature was activated... It was. Oops... Maybe Pete will slap a temp ban on me because I uploaded a saxy photo.
Allegedly, 4.0.2 will be released today. As mentioned above, that's the milestone I was waiting for before making things "live". So, IF 4.0.2 releases today, I MIGHT have the forum upgraded this weekend. That depends on my schedule, too.
Anticipated downtime will be minimal, because I'm working on backups (and I just have to turn the forum off, briefly, to make the backups), different directories, etc., but there will be a point where I'm going to say, "After X hour, your posts will not be transferred to the new forum!" and then it'll take about two hours for me to build the new forum.
By the bye, 4.0.2 was NOT released today. While I would still support moving to the 4.x platform just because of the kewlness factor (check out the test forum, if you haven't yet), 4.0.2 will have several bug fixes.
As mentioned, I've installed a few Styles ("Styles" are color and font schemes). See if you find one you like: you select it by going to the EXTREME lower left corner of the page, which probably currently says "v4 Default". Otherwise, go to http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=247 and see if one's there.
FWIW, I rather like the "d247 Simple Black" scheme, as it's dark black text on a light grey background.