I would like to notify all our community members that weâ€™re going to move away from Vbulletin.
But Vbulletin is fine, if it isnâ€™t broke, donâ€™t fix it!
Vbulletin is no longer secure, hardly updated, not mobile friendly, and development has pretty much ceased. After the company was acquired by a large company things went down hill.
The lead developers left the company and started a new forum. Iâ€™ve also seen Vbulletin employees recommending users to move to other software, and development is very, very slow.
Also, weâ€™ve been hacked several times which took us hours of investigating and closing loopholes. Itâ€™s likely that as time moves on this will only get worse, which potentially also brings our users in danger.
OK, I got it, Vbulletin is broken, what now?
When moving to a new forum it has to be to something thatâ€™s future proof. The last thing we want is to have change software again, as we have a rather large forum, itâ€™s not the easiest thing to do, and it's stressful.
Future proof in this case means that it natively supports mobile, is secure, fast, and has support for the latest technology. I prefer open-source software as well and obviously itâ€™s important that the software is regularly updated according to community feedback.
The software that brings us all this is Discourse.
This open-source project offers a hosted solution, is actively developed, and is top-notch feature wise.
The software adapts to your screen size, so you can read and post on your mobile, tablet, and desktop without additional software.
But images say more than a thousands words, so here are some screenshots.
- We can change the layout, my idea is to start with the basic layout and adapt it according to the wishes of the members, so you will decide how it will actually look!
- So, we can change margins, padding, colours etc.
- You can see much that resembles what we have now
- The major change is infinite scrolling, which means pagination works differently