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Donate to help the cause!

Unread post by Saul » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:52 pm

No doubt you will have noticed there is a donations link in the menu as shown in this screenshot
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and a progress bar along the top of the forum indicating how far we have got, although I do have to update it manually so if you do donate please bear with me. You will also find two 'Donate' links in this post

Normally I am not comfortable with asking people to donate as many of you already give up a lot of your time to help out on the forum. However in this case I am looking to port the entire site over to VBulletin, which unlike PhpBB is not a free open source system. The current license is$399 but that does also give us a mobile app which considering 47% of our visitors are now coming via mobile devices might be a very good thing indeed.

So why the jump from a free system to a paid system? Well if you have been keeping up with current events re the updating of the forum saga you will know that right now we are stuck on phpbb 3.1.10 and cannot make the jump to version 3.2. This is a limitation of both the server it's running on and bugs in phpbb which prevent the update completing properly. This caused us a LOT of trouble over the last few weeks with lost posts and memberships and I definitely do not want to go down that road again.

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For me then, phpbb has reached it's limits. We need a more stable platform and one which can be more easily updated and modified.

VBulletin provides us with a lot more features than we currently have...take a look at the Gearslutz forum for a good example and I think our member will appreciate the functionality that will become available to them. This in turn leads to growth of the forum which is a win/win for all of us. The recent changes I made to the registration process has increased membership but I want to take it a lot further than that.

So I have a lot of things in the pipeline but first we need to tackle the move to a new platform. I can do all the technical stuff but I don't have very deep pockets at the moment. We can raise funds through advertising but a lot of that depends on people visiting the forum and clicking on adverts and right now that is not being particularly fruitful. So if you can give, please do but also please do not feel pressured into doing so. I know times are hard for all of us right now. I'm sure we will get there eventually but obviously the sooner the better :)

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Re: Donate to help the cause!

Unread post by Saul » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:30 pm

Just wanted to thank all those who donated to help us move to a new platform. We had a fantastic response and the goal was reached in just two days!

Will crack on with sorting out the migration and update everyone when we are ready to push the button.

Thanks again.

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Re: Donate to help the cause!

Unread post by parametric » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:59 pm

Any chance of making member's LOCATION visible again? It's SO useful when offering advice on appropriate sources for goods/services etc . . .

Perhaps this can wait 'til after migration?

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Re: Donate to help the cause!

Unread post by Saul » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:43 pm

parametric wrote:Any chance of making member's LOCATION visible again? It's SO useful when offering advice on appropriate sources for goods/services etc . . .

Perhaps this can wait 'til after migration?

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Can do that but of course it's always been voluntary so if people don't give their location it won't show. I think I did try making it a required field on the sign up but either people didn't fill it in properly or they ignored it. Ignoring it should not have allowed them to proceed but of course this is phpbb and things don't always work.

Will check the options in VBulletin and see what can be done.
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