(13-Nov-2005 at 19:29)
vBulletin 3.5 Upgrade FAQ
What is vBulletin?
vBulletin is a forum software for web-sites, developed by a company named Jelsoft. Utopia Temple uses vBulletin for its forum solution.
Why the upgrade?
Utopia Temple has been using vBulletin 2 for years. While we are very satisfied with it, forum softwares have developed during the years, and now provide more comprehensive and robust solutions, vBulletin 3.5 being at the front of the herd with its cutting edge technology and framework. We want nothing less for our users!
What will happen to all the existing threads and posts?
All the current content will be retained. All threads, posts, private messages, calendar events, and even your user profile and options -- everything will be imported to the new forum! The old links will still work and get you to the same content, so there is even no need to update your bookmarks.
How does it affect me as a user?
We have many great plans for vBulletin 3.5! First of all, we plan to revive some of our old services, and integrate them into the forum-engine, for enhanced capabilities. The next stage would be to introduce new and exciting features.
Can you give examples of such services and features?
For starters, we will bring back the Photo Gallery, where people can upload pictures of themselves, and get comments from other users. Secondly, we will introduce new and exciting features, such as blogs. We have plenty of cool ideas, and only the sky (and time) is the limit!
Will the new forum look different than now?
This may sound weird, but we have actually spent a lot of time and efforts making the new forum look similar to our current style. Why is that? Because we like our current simple and clean layout, and apparently you do too!
Let me get it right. After the upgrade, the forum will look and act exactly the same. So why bother with the upgrade?
I'm glad you asked this question. As I said above, the new version will give us the ability to expand our services much easier and keep up with the new technologies available. But this is not all -- you will find new features right away, such as Threaded View Mode, which displays posts in a contextual association, and the Karma system, which lets you rate other posters and affect their reputation across the board!
What will happen after the upgrade?
After the upgrade the real work begins. Due to the complexity of this forum, we decided to upload a working version, and continue making modifications to it as we go. We will heavily rely on user reports of bugs, problems, and feature and change requests. We will provide a dedicated area for people to discuss this.
Brother Green, Utopia Angel creator.