Just to let you all know that I've been working on a major upgrade for the classicamiga forums.
Finally the gold final release of the latest 3.7.0 version of vBulletin has finally been released today. This is a big code migration compared to the 3.6.X boards, although while the 3.6.X boards are still being supported the vB team are still backwardly migrating the security and big fixed from 3.7.X into them.
Anyway, with 3.7.0 comes some very nice new features. Everything works pretty much as it did before, but there are some nice new shiny things to play around with.
Some of them are:
Tags - These give members the ability to add keywords to the bottom of any forum thread. These then get used in forum searches and a keyword cloud to help members look for what they need. Plus the tags get references by the search bots to increase search engine relativity and hits.
Social Networking Bookmarks - Also at the bottom of threads, just above the tags strip is a new social networks strip. This gives members the ability to quickly bookmark any pages using their favourite Social Networking service, such as Digg or Google.
Cloud - You have probably seen these on a few sites by now. The site creates a cloud of recently searched keywords and popular pages on the site and shows them as a cloud of clickable keywords, with the bigger the word meaning it is more popular.
Gallery - Now to the first big new feature. A complete built in image gallery. All members now have access to their own gallery from their profiles and can create albums, make them public or private and upload whatever they like to them. Forums have been adding third party gallery mods in for years so this is a great addition.
Social Groups - Linked closely with the Gallery, Social Groups can be setup about anything and members can join them. Equally you can link gallery albums to social groups, creating quite a cool set of features to utilise for various things.
Fully customisable profile pages - This is quite a cool new addition. Think MySpace and you will get the idea. Members can now fully customise the look and layout of their profile pages. Quite cool you have to admit.
Visitor Messages - visitors to any member's profile can now leave messages and start a public or private conversation between the two.
Friends network - tied into the social network, you can now setup friends lists in your profile and utilise these lists in your social networks and galleries.
Umm... There are more new features but that will do for listing them for now.
At the moment the forum is offline as I'm currently reapplying all of the forum mods I had running under 3.6.X and I need to test each one at a time to make sure they are all setup and working as they should. And might need to uninstall any that don't like the new version of vB.
I've also got to go through a load of forum templates that contain my own custom code changes and add any new or altered 3.7 code into them.
Hopefully I should have all this done before I go to bed tonight. I'm quite a way through it already. I now just need to iron out a bug in the templates that is currently returning any errow when trying to access the usercp. Other than that it all seems to be working so far.
Awesome stuff H,
for a minute there i thought i had broken it....