I migrated my last active vb site to Xenforo a few months ago. Now considering what to do with my IPB site.
The IPB Forum isn't doing well, because of my lack of focus on it. However, I had thought that by now 4.0 would be closer to a reality.
My users actually liked IPB 3.x more than Xenforo, but their engagement/activity trends revealed the opposite. I've since come up with a way to reduce the initial delay on IPB3, that was the primary contributor to going with Xenforo; just wish that there was some indication if my custom process is still going to be necessary with IPB 4.
I'm all for good software, but throw us a bone :unsure:
IPB is a different animal compared to other community platforms, but believe they have been very supportive. My problem has been finding the right strategy for user adoption of IPB.
I run a infrastructure design/config derived from years of paranoid thinking :ph34r: It is restrictive enough that both IPB and myself have been delayed on trouble resolution to a few past tickets. It's a challenge sometimes, but allows me to concentrate on my normal life.
You have to plan for the unexpected and test the recovery strategy. I've lost several of my sites many times over, meaning they were unrecoverable due to either infrastructure failure or security breach, but the end-user impact has been no more than possibly a few hours worth of missing posts. When a unrecoverable event occurs, I note what is possible, bring the site (or server) back from a backup, and address what I found afterward.
I'm planning to put up a few of my strategies on my blog soon, but are all simple to implement.
This isn't meant to be a criticism, but if you're concerned about "broken" content on an upgrade to 3.8; then it is a likely concern with IPB. I've never converted a vb3 site to IPB, but have been using it enough to realize that the two systems are not as similar as one would initially realize. My vb3 site uses cmps in a way that can't easily be converted to IPB and function exactly the same way, but it is still possible to do with some planning if an immediate need arose.
You might consider making a list of the issues you are aware of and sharing them with IPB Pre-Sales. They may be able to offer a solution.
I agree that it can add to the server's load, but would like to see this feature provided as an option. vbSEO's version not only takes out the unnecessary whitespace, but removes unnecessary comments (and inserts a few when strategically beneficial).
There is an auto-tag plugin I use on my R3Owners.Net vbulletin site that automatically creates a few tags based on the forum topic (unless the user adds them manually).
The problem with riders (at least on my sites) is that they find tags useful and click on them, but they don't like taking the time to add them. It may not be the perfect tag cloud, but it's not bad for a set of info that has been auto-generated:
I use Bitvise Tunnelier on my Win7 machine. It is possible to use it without charge, but wouldn't call it freeware. It works well with other applications. Some of the built-in features are very nice, but others (like the SFTP client app) is best for simple tasks.
It depends on the respective hosting company's infrastructure. Some do use "Cloud" inappropriately.
It is simplest when the cloud service is associated to a single application, such as storage. It's not a big deal to put data on virtual servers, but if your virtual server resides in a dynamic infrastructure that can provide continuous uptime regardless of actual failures (such as in one blade or data center location) then that would be an appropriate "cloud service".
Last month I was in Dallas with a client and showed them a storage/cloud infrastructure, that is mirrored to another data center in the US. Then we walked into another area where the computing/cloud infrastructure was located, which is also mirrored elsewhere. They both can be accessed via web interfaces, or linked via native connections to the client blade server management system - as well as the client's SAN via a variety of both open and proprietary (such as EMC) interfaces. Those would be examples of Enterprise-Level Cloud Services, designed to blur the difference between actual hardware and what is being provided "in the cloud", so that the client can conduct business and manage resources real-time when unexpected needs arise.
I have seen the Cloud-Computing services used to create webservers and run active websites for long periods, but I've used it mainly for temporary purposes. Most Cloud Services bill by the hour, and work well when developing/testing is needed. They also come in handy when you're foreseeing a problem with a service provider and need a place to dump your data or temporarily relocate sites until a new host is found :ahappy:
I upgraded to Gallery 4.02, and admit that it has been a bit "rocky". However, the new interface is appealing to me. The use of whitespace is an issue, but the potential for increased disk storage isn't.