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Possible change in forum software

Discussion in 'Questions and Feedback' started by Forum Vancouver, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Forum Vancouver

    Forum Vancouver Administrator Staff Member

    Right now I'm toying with the idea of switching the forum software from SMF to Xenforo, primarily for functionality, innovation, and speed reasons.

    However, Xenforo is a commercial product that will cost approximately $100-200/year so I am not sure if this is feasible yet.

    If I do decide to switch, it won't be for a long while. The product isn't released yet and once it is released, I'll need to wait until there's a way to convert our current information over to the new platform.

    You can try out Xenforo at http://xenforo.com/community/ and provide feedback on whether or not you'd like to see Forum Vancouver running the software.

    Current obstacles
    Need a way to convert current forum information
    Need to redesign the site... I've grown quite fond of the layout I put together on Simple Machine Forums (our current forum software) :(.

    A much more modern product in all aspects
    Easily syncs with facebook (if you wish)
  2. ema

    ema Full Member

    I'm totally up for the idea, whatever is best for the site in your perspective.
  3. Forum Vancouver

    Forum Vancouver Administrator Staff Member

    Xenforo recently released their prices which fortunately, happened to be lower than everyone predicted. I think I can find some money to pay for it.

    Once the product is released, I'll probably set up a testing forum while I figure out how to migrate our data with as much preservation as possible.
  4. Forum Vancouver

    Forum Vancouver Administrator Staff Member

    License has been purchased. Work on the new design will commence after midterms :). Stay tuned.
  5. Forum Vancouver

    Forum Vancouver Administrator Staff Member

    Sneak peek! Of course the final version will contain ads (will try to minimize them for registered users), site expenses need to be paid :).

  6. ema

    ema Full Member


    Ok, I can't upload an avatar. Wtf is this.

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