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#63105
Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 312
For several years our forum has run quite well although recently it has been slowing down. Mostly this is not due to the software but actually the hosting company I am using. While it is easy to say 'just copy it to a new server', the reality is that it's not that easy. The version of this forum software is not available (or supported) anymore, and also the newer hosting servers do not run the underlying software that we need to run this.

What does this all mean?

It means that we can keep the written documents, comments, etc etc, however to improve the performance issues it will likely mean moving to a whole new server (possibly different hosting company) and also using a newer version forum. This means functionality changes and also the look and feel will be different.

This can kill some forums so I figured I would ask what people think first. Do you think we should change to a new forum software?
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#63109
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 114
Hi,
I have noticed it slowing down too...

Ok so which hosting company are you currently using, i know techies from most of them, we might be able to get the DB optimised to give us some breathing space, or it maybe be a case that we need a few more CPU cycles but i reckon its DB reads that are the issue.

I have a couple of servers dotted around the net which we could use, but the hassle of moving and keeping posts between different forum software is a pain, and also the security of most of them is dire.
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#63119
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 25
I always say its the users that make the forum, but I do know what you mean about change making it loose some soul. All this is way over my head, but if the admin changes are not a nightmare, the hosting cost does not rocket and the site moves to a new software version then personally I think thats a good move.
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#63120
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 88
Change is good ... I say go for it ..
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#63125
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 32
if its the same guys on here it doesnt make any difference to me
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#63137
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 154
If its becoming outdated then you probably should do it when you have the choice as opposed to being forced to do it because no one supports the software any more.
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#63144
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 90
if it will look something like toyotaownersclub-irl.com I'll definitely will hate it for a while
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#63161
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 38
I always loved the layout of this site.its a lot different from every other one im on

but a change would be good i don't think it would affect this site at all

id say go for it too
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#63165
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 47
Go for it , once we`re all there , that`s the main thing .
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#63166
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 15
yea mine is slowing down as well, go for it
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#63267
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 11
Software that's tapatalk compatible would be great tbh as I always use my phone to browse so can never upload pics or anything
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#63335
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 27
mr.2 wrote:
I always loved the layout of this site.its a lot different from every other one im on

but a change would be good i don't think it would affect this site at all

id say go for it too


I love the layout of this site,

I think the important part is the "recent dicussion" tab

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#63429
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 133
I like the way the current site looks because it is not cluttered, but would not object to change.
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#63433
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 70
I like the site as it is because it is so user friendly and i like the layout. The site was running pig slow before christmas but I am finding it ok at present. Thats my 2 cents worth....
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#63434
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 74
Crmr2 wrote:
mr.2 wrote:
I always loved the layout of this site.its a lot different from every other one im on

but a change would be good i don't think it would affect this site at all

id say go for it too


I love the layout of this site,

I think the important part is the "recent dicussion" tab



X2 need to keep to recent discussion/ show latest posts tab!
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#63435
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 88
Agree the recent discussions is very important to keep

Also I like the email notifications

How much is this all going to cost ...
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#63436
Re: Should we get new Forum software? 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 40
The speed issue seems to be sorted of late , as for new software once it dose more or less the same job i dont see a problem
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