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  • #16
    Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

    Originally posted by Wee man View Post
    Thanks for the heads up and for all the work you and your volunteers do in the background. Hope to see you at the Photography Show in Birmingham; there is a group meet up on Monday 21 st final details to be sorted. Ed
    Kiwi Paul and myself are flying down from Aberdeen on the 21st.
    Looking forward to meeting you all

    Mike
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    • #17
      Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

      Good luck with the upgrade, Ian.

      I have been running my own photography forum for almost 10 years. I started with SMF software which was free, but about 4 years ago I looked into software provided by Invision called IP.Board and I made that leap. It was probably the best thing I ever did because it has taught me so much about software that I am now developing my own themes, pages and portals for it easily. They also have several import scripts that convert all your existing databases into IP.Board ones. Some things like avatars and smilies may get messed up in the conversion, but on the whole the resultant improvement of everything else is well worth it. Look at my site to see what can be done with it.
      My Photo Safaris | My Work Photography

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      • #18
        Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

        Good luck, Ian.

        I run a photography site using Invision software and I can tell you that it is considerably better than vBulletin in every respect. If you decide to consider that option and need some advice please feel free to drop me a line. I developed the linked site myself using their IP.Content module.
        My Photo Safaris | My Work Photography

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        • #19
          Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

          There is a big debate inside the microcosm of forum operators because (and there is much truth in this) the company that took over the vBulletin product a few years back didn't do a very good job of developing the platform.

          This did wind up a lot of forum operators who felt the need to migrate (which is very hard work) their boards to different platforms. On top of that the original developers of vBulletin, who sold the company in the first place, then set up a rival company to develop Xenforo, a direct competitor to vBulletin. I think the debate got far too personalised. I did think about switching platforms but in the end I have decided to stay with vBulletin and we are licensed up to the latest version.

          vB5 started off badly but it is now fine. Indeed, the same can be said of vB4.

          Ian
          Founder and editor of:
          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
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          • #20
            Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

            We need to make some more server updates so please be warned that some temporary interruptions to service will be happening. I will follow up once these have been completed.

            Ian
            Founder and editor of:
            Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
            Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
            Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
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            • #21
              Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

              Thanks for the advance warning, Ian, I hope it goes smoothly.
              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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              • #22
                Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

                OK, we are done for now thanks.

                Ian
                Founder and editor of:
                Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
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                • #23
                  Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

                  Horrendous 'Gateway Timeouts' today!

                  Jim

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                  • #24
                    Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

                    Originally posted by Jim Ford View Post
                    Horrendous 'Gateway Timeouts' today!

                    Jim
                    I will look into these now.

                    Ian
                    Founder and editor of:
                    Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                    Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                    Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                    Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)

                    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
                    Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
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                    • #25
                      Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

                      Originally posted by Ian View Post
                      I will look into these now.

                      Better now - thanks Ian!

                      Jim

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                      • #26
                        Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

                        Originally posted by Jim Ford View Post
                        Horrendous 'Gateway Timeouts' today!

                        Jim

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                        • #27
                          Re: Forum upgrade advanced notice and planning

                          Haha - I hadn't noticed the date

                          I thought this was a response to my more recent 'look out! - more fiddling around just about to start' warning
                          Founder and editor of:
                          Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                          Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                          Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                          Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)

                          Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
                          Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
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