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Forum Platform Change

Postby Whiterook » Wed May 31, 2017 7:10 pm

The Military Wargaming Forum will be going through a rather drastic upgrade soon...kicked-off in likely, the coming several weeks.

The forum is currently run on phpBB3 software, which is an open source, free platform. I have purchased professional forum software, called vBulletin, which will allow us greater flexibility in higher-graded functionality.

Every effort will be made to not lose any content, but as is the spirit of this forum, it's always a roll of the dice! Computers and its' software are fickle beasties!!!

Initially, the look may be rather plain....however, I am also planning on the purchase of a professionally designed skin (the cooler looks of the site).

I just want to give the heads up now, and will try and update this thread as things progress.

Thanks in advance for your patience!!! :D
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby Frank » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:52 am

Good luck with it.
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby josta59 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:57 am

Yeah, good luck! Looking forward to seeing the future of the site. Though I guess when I see it, it won't be the future anymore... :shock: :?
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby gibbs » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:38 pm

Good luck I certainly don't envy you of all the types of things I have done with computers over the years migrations were and still are my least favourite
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby Whiterook » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:45 pm

We're getting close....

If things go to plan, the site will be going through its overhaul to the new forum platform. I will try and give as much advanced warning if possible, if possible, but if you log in and don't see anything, don't panic.

Thanks for bearing with me on this. My desire is a better, and more vibrant forum to play in!
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby Whiterook » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:39 pm

Note that there are new user requirements for the photosharing service PhotoBucket, which seems to require a subscription, in order to use links to threads in forums, etc.

After we change to the new forum platform later this month, and if we are able to retain all our current threads, specifically the ones with broken PhotoBucket images, we will start to purge any of these existing threads.
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby Whiterook » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:45 pm

SITREP: New site skin purchased! I hope you all will like it when the new forum platform goes live. A lot going on behind the scenes.
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby Whiterook » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:57 pm

Preliminary work has begun on figuring out migration ops. Gary is working on this and we were talking of setting up the new site on a separate site to test everything out, without mucking up things here. That's probably a more ideal way, as it doesn't affect things here as bad. ...eliminating potential downtime that could be longer than planned.

This is very ambitious stuff so, all KUDOs to him!
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby Frank » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:34 am

I did not understand much of that, glad its you doing it not me.

Appreciate the hard work you are putting in for us.
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Re: Forum Platform Change

Postby Whiterook » Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:37 pm

Frank wrote:I did not understand much of that, glad its you doing it not me.

Appreciate the hard work you are putting in for us.


Thanks mate :D

...basically, by setting up on a 'test site', it is not visible to anyone but Gary and me. We can try out things to make sure things work before changing out this current sites' platform from phpBB to vBulletin. It's proving much more difficult than we'd hoped.
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