Road to Xenforo

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by drdroo, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. drdroo

    drdroo #1 by Women 18-24 Staff Member

    Hi -

    Sometime across this week (could be as early as tonight), we'll be moving to Xenforo, away from vBulletin.

    The focus will be to improve reliability and speed. Based on feedback from those who have access to our Dev site, Xenforo delivers on both.

    The vB 3.8 product we use currently has been basically 'dead' for a long while and vB users seem quite disappointed with vB 4 and (especially) 5. For this reason, we're going another direction.

    We'll be bringing over all of the users/passwords, forums, posts, security/access levels, etc.

    However, some things we can't bring, which are some (very old) plugins and, more specifically, our themes. For this reason, we'll be putting in a temporary theme, and we'll figure out a more permanent theme after the fact.

    But I'll need your help. If you run into any problems, or any features missing that you think will benefit the DRC users, we definitely want to know.

    The site will be down during this migration, and, more importantly, we'll be backing up the old site and retaining it, just in case we need it for reference (or this goes horribly horribly wrong :)). Also, the old Sirius Backstage system will continue to be on vB, at least for the foreseeable future.
  2. MadisonRadio1

    MadisonRadio1 MadisonRadio

    Thanks. Looking forward to the new look.
  3. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Will it affect Tapatalk?
  4. drdroo

    drdroo #1 by Women 18-24 Staff Member

    Tapatalk has a version for Xenforo and it will be implemented on Day One.
  5. blueneon36

    blueneon36 Active Member

    This is exciting. Good luck with the Migration! :)
  6. drdroo

    drdroo #1 by Women 18-24 Staff Member

    Thanks.. Trying to get this done tonight if all goes well.. We'll see how I'm feeling around 11 or so.

    Some things are likely to be messed up/broken, but we'll move forward to fix bugs as we go. The 'core' of the forums should work just fine. It'll just be stupid plugin features and things like that.
  7. hyson

    hyson Forum Jerk

    How much will this cost?

    Any way I can help out with that?
  8. drdroo

    drdroo #1 by Women 18-24 Staff Member

    I already took care of that. Thanks though. :)
  9. Evil_Ernie

    Evil_Ernie Smell my finger

    Never heard of this Xenforo...must be new.

    Just make sure you have a dark theme!! :D :p
  10. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Sounds like something off Battlestar Galactica or something.

    Nice! Hope it goes smoothly and improves the experience.

    And brings more users. (although keeping certain threads on topic will help that too).
  11. drdroo

    drdroo #1 by Women 18-24 Staff Member

    At some point, but not to start. If you want to look around and suggest a theme, feel free.

    Xenforo is from the vBulletin guys before they were bought out by Internet Brands and it was (arguably) ruined, is my understanding, but it is an entirely new product.

    XenForo - Compelling Community Forum Software
  12. hyson

    hyson Forum Jerk

    You need to get off your wanna-be moderator horse.
  13. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    Bite me!
  14. hyson

    hyson Forum Jerk

    :lolsign: :eek:fftopic:
  15. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator


    Um....keep it on topic boys.

    Be sure to offer your constructive observations and be patient.

    Its a different system, so the options won't be the same as vbulletin, but we're going to like it.

    Sent from Tapatalk.
  16. drdroo

    drdroo #1 by Women 18-24 Staff Member

    A lot of it will be similar, but others of it we'll have to make up as we go along.. Banner ads and that sorta thing will be a future thing for sure. I don't think they're very high yield for TSS anyway.

    The initial theme will be bright and pleasant. If you're unhappy about that, it's someone else's fault.. Hah.
  17. drdroo

    drdroo #1 by Women 18-24 Staff Member

    By the way, you guys can see the dev site, which is based on a slightly older version of Xenforo and a 2 month+ old snapshot of the vB database over at http://dev.digitalradiocentral.com .. The initial id/pass is drcdev for both.

    Just be aware that A> This main site probably going down around 11 or midnight, give or take and B> anything you do over there won't move over to the new site.
  18. hyson

    hyson Forum Jerk

    :bigclap::agree::bigthumbup:
  19. Wolf

    Wolf The Lone Wolf

    Is there anyway that Casual might get lost? :p
  20. drdroo

    drdroo #1 by Women 18-24 Staff Member

    Hey if it happens then I can't take any responsibility there...

    I should've done this yesterday though, that would've made a wicked April Fools joke. :)
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