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Old Sun 12th November 2017, 06:14 PM
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Lightbulb vBulletin ...

I've been looking into upgrading the forum software, couple of options to look at :

https://www.vbulletin.com/purchases/

https://invisioncommunity.com/

After your Thoughts / Recommendations ?


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Old Sun 12th November 2017, 08:22 PM
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Hi Bantum,
I guess if we have the keys to the castle (can log into the hosting account) then vBulletin update is the path of least work but yes looks to have a cost.

Which doe we want, lot of work setting up / migrating or a one hit of cost to update?

Another of the problems is that a lot of the really interesting threads are hard to use as all of the hosted images are blocked by image shack or other providers... makes it hard to follow them.

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Old Sat 18th November 2017, 05:39 AM
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Yes there are few considerations to be had - probably the easiest way to fix the site & keep all the current data is the upgrade path on existing platform. ( The other would require transferring data )

Down side is it will cost approx. $250 to $400 depending on which one we go for. ( like the option for mobile devices )

To help pay for this would either require users to pay an annual subscription, or give donations in kind.

Would be good to get some feed back on this to assist making up minds in which best direction to go in ...

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Old Sat 18th November 2017, 07:14 AM
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I guess to make an informed decision we would need to know the cost of each option and who is definitely able to take on the work if we go with the new platform.

I'd be happy to donate, I'd just have to have the minister of fun and finances "approve" an appropriate amount

On the note of the photo bucket - patches are available to make the images appear. Image shack users may have shutdown their account (old members usually) a number of years ago when imageshack went to subscription for 500 images or more. Also the odd photo here and there have been "dropped". That's something I've got to go through and fix.

I think we're at a time now where free image hosting is near the point of a thing of the past. It's either facebook or private web-hosting...

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Old Sat 18th November 2017, 07:36 AM
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Is the cost of upgrading to the next Vbulletin a one time expense? If so I'm sure there would be enough members who would chip in $20, $50, wouldn't take long to make up the required amount.

As for image hosting, I find the forums own image hosting (attachments) Work very well and are future proof pretty much. I just have to reduce the size of my images with another program first which is easy.

If this forum was upgraded and a bit more modern, and we could retain all the old data and info (one of the biggest draw cards of this site) we could start directing traffic back to this site from FB etc.
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Old Sat 18th November 2017, 08:35 AM
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Is the cost of upgrading to the next Vbulletin a one time expense? If so I'm sure there would be enough members who would chip in $20, $50, wouldn't take long to make up the required amount.
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As for image hosting, I find the forums own image hosting (attachments) Work very well and are future proof pretty much. I just have to reduce the size of my images with another program first which is easy.
This would just push the cost onto the forum as they'll have to pay for more space to store the pics.

Could be opened up to just technical pics of builds etc. Trip reports can remain 3rd party hosting. Just a thought.

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Done my bit ( just updated my subscription ) So covering the cost shouldn't be an issue ... ... ( Rates would need to be revised though ) We probably could get away with just the one update for now & look at further updates if required later. Keeping it all up to date ( via subscriptions ? ) might cost more, but would solve some of the 'hacker' issues I guess .

I think Brett is willing to make the changes & is open to our help with the admin & monitoring volunteers, suggest if you're interested - put your name down in here : http://www.ausubaru.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26149

It's more a case of which update we should go for & make sure to back up everything beforehand ...

Google Photos still seems to be working for me atm ( bit more clunky in operation though ) Will see how long they can maintain the 'free' part ... :/

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Sorry there has been no progress made on this as I've not been able to contact Brett Rogers to make the changes happen, he did mention in my last correspondence that he would consider purchasing the upgrade software, however there is a small mater of implementing it - Still awaiting response ... :/

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I've not been able to contact Roger to make the changes happen
Please excuse my ignorance - but who's Roger? I thought Brett held the keys.

You've done well so far to get some contact happening. I'm hoping we can revive this great forum to where it used to be or better - incorporate model specific sections or onroad/offroad model specific sections to cater for the offroad and the road hugging crowds... I guess getting it back to where it was a bit of an all rounder but in a more up-to-date sense as not everyone owns an MY or L series these days (poor buggers! )

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not everyone owns an MY or L series these days (poor buggers! )

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You are right there Bennie, as much as I love my 2016 CRV for what it is, I still miss my subies terribly for what they were (MY00 RX & SG03 XS).
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