I now have a new server. A Virtual Dedicated Server to be accurate.
It’s been commissioned awaiting the migration of all my hosted sites from the existing server to the new VDS.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the 4 core processor in action as one of my personal sites, yellowandblack.com.au has been experiencing some issues of late. Here’s hoping that the server upgrade will fix that.
In addition to the server upgrade, I’m currently testing a replacement for the XenForo forum software that yellowandblack.com.au currently runs. I’ve created some test migrations of the site to IP.Board and vBulletin so I can evaluate their suitability. At present, I favour a move back to vBulletin which the site used for several years.
After some extensive research, I’ve now implemented the following software strategy starting with my own websites.
* Sites that require blog software will use WordPress
* Sites that require both a forum and a CMS will use WordPress bridged with SMF. This has been implemented on TRIM User Network
* Sites that become large and require more features than SMF will use the XenForo forum.
As I’ve posted previously, I performed a trial migration of the Yellow and Black website from Invision Power Board 3.1.4 to XenForo 1.0.4. This was a complete success and was completed in about an hour. Not bad for 360K + posts and 2600+ users! The resultant test site performs superbly. I’ve added the XenPorta portal which really makes the site look fantastic!
A screenshot of the homepage appears on the left.
My only issues are migrating the IPB Gallery to the new structure and whether to impose another software change on the site members a year after moving from vBulletin to IPB. Until I can migrate the Gallery, the latter isn’t a concern as the site will stay as is.
I’ve recently started using the Invision Power Board (IPB) IP.Content component on the Yellow and Black website. IP.Content is a CMS that integrates into the IP.Board software to enable the publication of articles and the creation of databases that can be used to display various data on the site.
Having tested it for a few months and now implemented it, I’m not sure if it’s what I want on the site. Much to my dismay, I’ve found that the database component isn’t a relational database. I had hoped to use it to drive the Yellow Sash Award on the website but this isn’t possible the way that the IP.Content databases have been written. I may have to learn some PHP and do everything directly from a MySQL database myself.
In any case, I’ve migrated a copy of the current database onto another server and have a working copy of the IPB site there. I’ve also converted this to run on vBulletin 4.1.3 and am in the process of migrating to XenForo 1.0.1. The end result will mean that a backup copy of the data from the production site will be able to run in my “lab” on 3 versions of software. I’m looking forward to testing them all to see which software performs the best.
At present, the current IPB installation is performing terribly slowly. I’m having difficulties migrating to vBulletin 4.1.3 as the post attachments are unable to be migrated without throwing an error. I’ve raised a ticket with the vBulletin support team but have yet to hear back from them after over a week. I purchased XenForo this morning and am currently migrating the IPB database over to run on this software. So far, (51.85% into the Thread and Post migration) everything has gone well. Fingers crossed that it migrates without any issues so I can give it a good test.
From what I’ve seen so far, XenForo is pretty responsive and easy to use. If XenForo continues to perform this well, I may seriously consider moving Yellow and Black to use this software in the future.
I’ll post my findings here when I can.