Welcome to Wivenhoe Forum 2.1 - Bugs go here!
We have now rolled out Vanilla 2.1, the latest secure release of the forum software. As well as the various tech changes, there is also a significant change to the user interface.
Many, many thanks to Wivenhoe based @mike_, who has been volunteering his developer skills in helping with this. Please do consider him if you have any paid dev work that needs carrying out.
A parallel test bed forum has been trialed for a number of months now. We’ve tried to replicate any of the issues that bugged the old forum.
Vanilla 2.1 offers increased security and general under the bonnet smoothness. We had to upgrade - support for 2.0 will be turned off sometime towards the end of the year. Plus browser advances have overtaken the software. The IE11 issues that plagued 2.0 have now been resolved.
Here are some of the tech changes.
Plus some new front end features.
A custom wivforum theme has been created based in Bootstrap. We rather like Bootstrap but felt that it needed some modification. The beauty of having a custom theme means that we can now move forward updating the Vanilla core as and when, yet the custom theme will remain ours for tinkering with.
Likewise there is a wivforum specific mobile theme. The majority of traffic is increasingly coming via mobile. The theme allows you to access individual categories, as requested.
Previous text editor bugs on tablet and mobile have also been resolved.
Other new toys:
You can manage your notification preferences by clicking on the globe icon underneath your user name to the top right of the screen. Tick boxes cover either email or popup notifications for various forum functions. To the right of this is your Inbox, and then further right are any threads that you have bookmarked.
The search functionality is far more powerful than in Vanilla 2.0, which was pretty rubbish, to be honest.
The max image size has now increased with the new design of the forum. An image of 750 px wide is acceptable. Please do resize any images before uploading. There is a max file size set at 250KB.
You really don’t need a file size larger than this for publishing an image online. Anything bigger only eats into the forum bandwidth and disc space, not to mention drastically slowing down the user experience from the front end.
There is now the added functionality of embedding an image direct from the absolute url of another source. This helps the forum immensely as it cuts down on our bandwidth use. To add an image from another source, find the full url and paste this the text box once you have pressed the Image button in the new editor.
You can still attach an image and have this stored on the forum server. The 250KB size limit remains if you want to use our server space for free.
The diary has been shifted from the sidebar to the navbar. It gives a little extra space for the forum posts to breathe, plus it makes it easier for me to update. Diary dates to jason at wivenhoeforum dot co dot uk please.
The one downside to the transition has been that quotes simply aren’t compatible with the new html5 editor that we are using. @Mike_ and I have exhausted all possible solutions in trying to get this to work.
We have come to the conclusion that the many benefits of 2.1 far outweigh the loss of quotes. Put simply, support for 2.0 will be turned off soon. We had to make this jump.
Unless the Quotes plugin itself sees some Developer update, cutting and pasting of the text from another user is the way around this for now.
Oh - and smilies have been disabled
I'm sure @mike_ could add more detail.
Please flag any wobbles or weirdness, or functionality that may be missing. The old database should have been ported over in full, moth pictures and all.