Further to the recent develoment on the Dinosaur Toy Blog, I've also set up a new home for The Dinosaur Toy Forum. It isn't open yet, I'm still setting it up. But I'd be very interested in peoples thoughts at this stage. Unfortunately we would be stating from scratch and everyone would have to register there. I can't export data from the current forum.
I have to agree with some of the members. It may not be entirely necessary or even worth a transfer. I chose SMF over Proboards because I honestly enjoy the forum builder more, but I'm not sure if the cost of such a move will be to your liking.
"I cannot be contained. My fix is to have Jurassic Fun."
The theme and general appearance are a minor thing, it is functionality and utility I'm interested in. The decision to move will primarily be a back end one...
From an admin / moderator point of view, SMF is more flexible and easy to use, which will save us time. SMF allows us to make backups of data, which proboards does not. If I could transfer the data from this existing forum I would, but I cant because I don't have access to it. That's the problem. So, SMF will provide independence and security. Centralizing the forum and blog on a single domain also makes sense - it is more professional and better for Google. Moving to SMF will also mean members won't have to suffer random proboards ads any more. I'll be in charge of the advertising instead, which should help towards paying domain and database fees.
From a members perspective, little, if anything, should change, it is easy to use. I'll be testing it out with the moderators shortly and then we will make a final decision to move or not.
"Boy, do I hate being right all the time!" - Ian Malcolm
I'm again experimenting with a new format for the dinosaur toy forum. Last time I tried this, about two years ago, we encountered technical issues, and we had to abort. However, I've long envisioned a fully integrated forum hosted on the dinotoyblog.com server, and I wonder if now is the time.
From an end-user perspective, there may not be many obvious changes. But from a management perspective, the new forum provides far more flexibility and freedom.
Ideally, I would migrate all our content and users by copying the database. Unfortunately, Proboards doesn't allow access to their (our!) database, or any other files for that matter. Therefore, there would be no simple way to move existing content. This lack of flexibility and freedom on the part of Proboards is frustrating, and it is part of the reason why I am considering moving.
Anyway, I'd like to invite all members to join and test it out, put the new forum to the test, see what you think. Comments, queries, and questions are welcome.
Yes, I'm very happy with the new forum and I have decided that we will eventually move there permanently. There will be a period of transition and I apologise in advance for the inconvenience this will no doubt cause. However, I'm making this decision for the benefit of the forum in the long run.
So, we look forward to seeing you there, and hope you settle in swiftly and smoothly Comments, questions and queries welcome as usual. I'll set up a thread on the new forum for comments etc. related to the new forum.