I have good news, I recently did a test run of migrating from the current forum software (SMF) to the new forum software NodeBB, it was mostly successful. I messed up the attachments import so I’ll have to do another test run. Because we have almost 300k attachments, this part took the longest. It has been a while since I’ve done a purge TripleA game files so I’ll probably do that soon.
The whole process takes about 8 hours so there will be downtime coming. I looked at the least active times on the site and it seems best to stat on a Monday or Tuesday night (Pacific Time).
All passwords will be reset. When you first arrive at the new site, you will need to do the forgot password workflow to set your password. Make sure the email in your profile is current.
The migration will happen in November. To keep the community happy, I’ll be randomly giving away prizes. It won’t be a traditional contest that you can sign up for but if I have a way to find you, then you might get free stuff. If I can’t find you on the new forum, then you might not win anything.
Why are we doing this again?
The old software is just that old. I can no longer add new features, update the software, nor easily make it responsive on mobile devices and we get a lot of mobile traffic. Google actually penalizes sites that are not mobile friendly so we’ve probably lost traffic over this. I also want something more friendly for the (hopefully) onslaught of new players coming to the A&A world because of AAZ.
What NodeBB gives us:
- Something familiar actually. TripleA uses NodeBB for their forums.
- Mobile ready (but no app, yet)
- Ability to respond to email notifications and have it post to the forum (won’t be ready on day 1)
- @ mention people in posts
- Search that works
- Better security (because I can update the software and the database)
- More plugins (I’m not sure which ones we’ll use yet but there are many choices)
- PMs are an Email/Chat hybrid
- Infinite scrolling or no infinite scrolling. There’s a setting for whichever you prefer.
- Skins with different color schemes.
You will have to be patient. After the migration, everything won’t be quite settled but you’ll be able to post, search, and play TripleA.
A few of you might lose some PMs. During the migration a few hundred of them failed to import.