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xenForo Upgrade Discussion

Discussion in 'Site Discussion / Suggestions' started by Sir_Brizz, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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  2. Al

    Al Reaper

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    Looks really nice. Looking forward to the change and good luck!
     
  3. Balton

    Balton The Beast of Worship

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    looks similar to vb, the forum on their official website loads much faster and renders quicker than buf. superficially it looks like a good update from my uninformed pov. We're all forum crash hardened anyways ;)
     
  4. JohnDoe641

    JohnDoe641 Killer Fools Pro Staff Member

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    It's made by the original vb developers.

    I'm really looking forward to the new forum software, the admin hub is amazing.
     
  5. Arnox

    Arnox UT99/2004 Mod Crazy

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    I have some experience in this actually.

    I've been using SMF for a while now and have perused a whole bunch of forum software. Now, big disclaimer. I'm not a coder and I don't pretend to be. All I can do is edit code. Not actually write any at all. Also, I know little about networking so take all my opinions with a grain of salt.

    Now, I've been using SMF as a sort of superboard if you will for a while now. I have been managing a general forum of all kinds of boards to put it very basically. So this has required me to search out for plugins to make the board as complete an experience as possible. Such required a chat option of some sort, limiting BBCodes at certain post counts, adding a multi-quote feature, a recent topics bar at the top of the forum, edit history, and etc.

    A lot of this should have been standard with SMF IMAO but not so. Some things vB had, SMF lacked. Same for phpBB and pretty much every other free forum software that I looked at. Ultimately, I found myself drooling for a copy of vB 4.2.2, the last good copy of vB.

    Now, I looked at xenForo as well but it seems they're missing some things STILL that vB 4.2.2 has. Now, I know development on it is recent compared to vB but the fact that they're charging so much for this and it's not feature complete... Yeah, not good.

    However, I could be wrong about xenForo not being as feature complete at all as vB 4.2.2 though so... If you know this is true for certain, just ignore me.
     
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  6. Jackal

    Jackal Crapass

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    As long as there is a metal theme I'll be good. A nice slick Brushed look would be nice.
     
  7. [GU]elmur_fud

    [GU]elmur_fud I have balls of Depleted Uranium

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    Database migration is often an issue but I am guessing given their background they have an import tool. They can import SMF which is an awkward duck when it comes to forum migration so they damn well better.

    My experience is mostly with free forum software like phpnuke, phpbb, and SMF because it is what GU used and it was fairly easy to redesign it from the ground up.

    Xenforo has some potential at least. What follows is a few from their gallery forum...

    http://www.haloscene.com/forum/index.php
    http://www.blackops3forums.com/
    http://www.snipezilla.com/
    http://www.metalgearfans.com/
    https://www.gamingforums.net/

    vb always seemed a bit rigid for much customization. Without rewriting half of it anyway. The mere fact that xenforo supports jquery is a big plus in my book.
     
  8. dotnetbeast

    dotnetbeast Mood Muzik

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    Question: Will it be easier or harder for me to post boobs?



    Just kidding. I'm down.
     
  9. Hunter

    Hunter BeyondUnreal Newsie

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    Looks good, I think it is always important to keep up to date and from using vB4 I know it sucks.

    I'd be more than happy to help move over forum styles so people don't miss out on gems like Purple Haze on the new software.
     
  10. Raynor.Z

    Raynor.Z Ad Nocendum Potentes Sumus

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    Do social groups and user albums carry over with migration?
     
  11. [GU]elmur_fud

    [GU]elmur_fud I have balls of Depleted Uranium

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    Soooo if they say yes to that (and don't vehemently object) how about throwing this http://forums.beyondunreal.com/showthread.php?t=196015 in there. So you know there is a dark theme for those of us that like that.
     
  12. _Lynx

    _Lynx Strategic Military Services Staff Member

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    If there'll be an upgrade, there'll be a dark theme :p
     
  13. Arnox

    Arnox UT99/2004 Mod Crazy

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    How does it suck? I've set up a vB4 forum and once you know where everything is, it's a really slick and well put together piece of forum software.
     
  14. Jefe

    Jefe The Dark Rat

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    Are you planning on adding any themes for the new software, or is it just an option I haven't been able to find yet?

    Also, the old site issues thread should be unsticked or archived or something, since pretty much everything in it will be irrelevant. While you're at it, you should unsticky the UTUnlimited thread in the Content Releases too.
     
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  15. leilei

    leilei ANIME ELF'S !!

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    the unrealeditor color scheme has these huge shades of CGHub feels to it
     
  16. Raynor.Z

    Raynor.Z Ad Nocendum Potentes Sumus

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    Well something's ...different.
     
  17. Carbon

    Carbon Altiloquent bloviator.

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    Looks good. Nice and clean, easy to read/navigate. Certainly better than before. Actually it reminds me a bit of the new USP forums. Good job and thanks!
     
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  18. Arnox

    Arnox UT99/2004 Mod Crazy

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    So... Why XenForo over vBulletin 4.2.2 if I may ask?
     
  19. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    There were several reasons, but the biggest one ifs that the vB developers have no interest in keeping up with PHP upgrades and they sit incompatible for ages. They had no plans to upgrade vB 4 past PHP 5.3 until tons of people were complaining about how buggy vB 5 was and they finally relented after over a yer of holding out on it. Now PHP 5.6 is out. Any bets on how long it is before they support that version of PHP?

    There are quite a few other reasons like the fact that their new licensing sucks and just forces them to release major versions faster and internet brands is the monsanto of internet companies, but those really aren't the major reasons. xenForo is developed by the old core set of vB developers (so much so that Internet Brands tried to sue them a few years ago) and it mostly has the same set of ideals as vB had back in the good old days so I don't feel bad supporting them. They also have much more reasonable pricing and their licensing is just like old vB but cheaper with 95% of the features we really use.
     
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