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Old 04-10-2018, 02:42 PM
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Default The end of official support of vBulletin 3

December 28, 2017:
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"While we will strive to support the latest version, we do not foresee any further development of the series."

Seems like they will only be doing security patches and the like.

Our board software will still run, and we can use it for as long as we can get compatible versions of PHP and MySQL. Since both are open-source, that should not be much of a problem.


If we wish to move on to other messageboard software, which might we choose?

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My own choices: if payware, XenForo, if open-source, phpBB
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:03 PM
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Default Re: The end of official support of vBulletin 3

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Our board software will still run, and we can use it for as long as we can get compatible versions of PHP and MySQL. Since both are open-source, that should not be much of a problem.
It's not a problem if you can configure your own server, but if you buy one of the cheaper types of hosting plan you usually have to accept whatever version(s) of PHP and MySQL the hosting company provides. Most of them don't update to the latest bleeding edge versions right away and they usually offer legacy support of the older versions in parallel with their newest offering. The problem comes either when you want to change to a new hosting company or a few years down the line if you stick with the one you already use.

There are a lot of custom patches on :ff: If and when we make the jump to a different software we'll either lose a lot of the custom features or it will be lots of work for the admins to migrate those features. :(
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