The challenges of new software...
by, 08-16-2010 at 08:00 PM (2452 Views)
Well, this has been one challenging APUG upgrade and still a lot of tweaking lies ahead. Of course life would be easier if we had a team of 5 working on this, but it's just myself and a freelance coder (when I can afford him). There should be a large round of bug fixes and feature requests going in this week as well as a point release of vbulletin software taking us from vbulletin 4.0.5 to 4.0.6 (this includes over 100 bug fixes in the forum software itself). One of my main goals is to re-instate some of our key functionality from the old site (that is my top priority). For example things like ignore forum, ignore thread, "new posts since last visit but posts below this line have not been read", gallery thumbnails showing view & comment counts, several visual glitches, and sooo much more. We'll get there soon.
vBulletin 4.0 has not been without controversy, they were recently acquired by IB (Internet Brands), some top staff left and product quality took a nose dive. It wasn't until version 4.0.5 (5 point releases after the initial launch of 4.0) that I decided to make the leap. 4.0.6 is being installed likely this week(end). Still the consensus among vBulletin forum owners is that 4.1 will be the solid release we've all been waiting for. This is slated for "mid sept. or mid oct." according to vBulletin. Judging by the flack they are taking over product quality issues, I would say sooner rather than later, possibly even a 4.0.7 release will emerge in a couple of weeks. So why did we take the leap to 4.0? As stated in other threads I believe in keeping my server software up to date. The vBulletin 3.x system is nearing it's support cycle and the longer we put of moving to 4.x the harder the migration gets. We were over 15 point releases behind and open to security vulnerabilities. The old system was also a nightmare to update, requiring weeks of work. The new 4.x architecture we are now on allows me to update the system in a matter of minutes. I also, much prefer the back end systems of 4.x to the older system. It has made my admin life easier and the spam tools are doing a better job as well. Several key mods for 4.x system show improvement such as the new APUG gallery (multi-delete for example).
We'll definitely have a little bit of pain for a month or two but once things smooth over and the kinks are out we will have a great system to carry us for the next several years.