We're on Our Own Now

mmm4444bot

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I recently learned that the forum software (vBulletin version 4) is EOL. In other words, it's likely the End Of the Line: no more bug fixes, no more security patches, no improvements to the full-blown (and I really m͏ean blown) WYSINWYG interface. Unless good samaritans capable of carrying the torch come to the rescue, we're on our own! :cool:
 

stapel

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I recently learned that the forum software (vBulletin version 4) is EOL. In other words, it's likely the End Of the Line: no more bug fixes, no more security patches, no improvements to the full-blown (and I really m͏ean blown) WYSINWYG interface. Unless good samaritans capable of carrying the torch come to the rescue, we're on our own! :cool:
Is there no way to upgrade to the current version of "vBulletin 5 Connect"?
 

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You could take up a collection. ;)
 

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Yes, vB 4.2.5 is the last version of the 4.x series that will be offered. Supposedly there will be security patches made available if the need arises. I see we are running vB 4.2.3 here. The main advantage to running vB 4.2.5 is for support of PHP 7 (7.0.x and 7.1.x). I noticed a nice little boost in speed when I updated the vB site I admin to that version, and update our PHP to version 7. I did have to do a bit of work to update some of the older products (addons) to rewrite deprecated functions.

Most people I know in the vB community recommend highly against updating a vB 4 site to vB 5. Most move to XenForo (XF) from vB 4 from what I've gathered. XF behaves very nicely on mobile devices too, from what I've heard (I'm a PC only guy). I also like IPS, but XF is more like vB and users seem to have an easier time making that transition.

Over at TheAdminZone (TAZ), vB takes a lot of heat for being out of date, not mobile friendly and for the dismal performance of earlier versions of vB 5, but having worked with vB, XF, and IPS, I still find so many things much easier to do with vB. Sure, a big part of that is familiarity with the platform, but there's been many times when I want to do something, and find I need to write custom code, or purchase an addon, to simply do things vB will do out of the box. Also, vB has a support site that offers thousands of free products, whereas the more modern platforms have support sites with paid addons only. People don't seem interested in helping each other out anymore.
 
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