Forum software, vBulletin is getting a little old in the tooth now and has been hit by numerous data breaches and all sorts of stuff. As some know I admin a little on the Aria forums and they went to the latest version of vBulletin which has swayed me against doing the upgrade.
So I think we will be going back from a single CMS type effort that we have in this version, to a more traditional setup.
Wordpress main front page to do a few help guides, pulling out the useful information from years gone by - which is a project to do all on it’s own going through Sticky threads. We will be implementing a paid for theme that I have been using for a few years now from https://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/ I have a lifetime membership of the site and can use the themes as much as I like.
Forums - the front runner at the moment is a clean, simple interface that https://www.discourse.org/ seems to offer. This also has a nice pull feature to take the entire archive of this install into channel as well.
Hosting - at the moment, as we have been for a while, we are running on Shared web hosting from TSOHost. I get maybe 40 emails a day about the database having too many connections when the bots decide to crawl the site and when the hackers are looking to see if we have any of the well published vBulletin vulnerabilities. The move of software will be easier if on a controlled VPS - so I’m going to use a VPS that I have with www.ovh.co.uk that I use for testing, it’s the lowest spec they offer but has upgrade options. Should be enough to run this new setup with ease.
The move and various jobs required with it, will take place over the next fortnight. This has been set as a project for Blueish4 who is home from Glasgow University for long enough to complete this with my assistance when required.
Once complete - the t&c of the site will change to reflect GDPR requirements and we will be as compliant as we can and need to be for the TPR membership.