An early public Beta of the next major version of vBulletin 5 Connect is here (vB5).
AusPhotography currently runs the latest release of vBulletin V4.2.0 (vB4).
vB5 is missing a lot of features and is buggy as... https://www.vbulletin.com/vb5demo/forum/main-forum feel free to create an account and play with it.
The beta gets blown away every few days - don't panic if your account disappears
We won't be upgrading to this version for a long time, probably > 12 months.
vB4 will be maintained and enhanced for some time yet, and it is working very well for us.
We may buy a license to get an early discount plus we get the existing vB4 Blogs and CMS option in that purchase.
FYI AusPhotography has been on the vB tier 1 Alpha/Beta test team -- i.e. I'm been playing with vB5 and reporting issues.
We have also been vB4 Alpha/Beta testers, and have been actively testing the next release of vB4 (4.2.1).
I've not been able to say much due to the NDA, but now the beta is released we can get some feedback.
The main change as far as members goes is a completely re-jigged user interface, improved image handing, simplified layout.
Technically it has some big changes: (For those of you into software engineering)
- Completely new Database interface allowing databases other than MySQL
- Plugins/hooks replaced by extensions using an OOP paradigm
- API driven back end MVC architecture
- Front end 100% AJAX/JSON/Jquery based
- Improved template system with template hooks that call the API
- Simplified styling
Before we can go to vB5 we will have to re-engineer the competition system, wait for the Wiki(Library) and other key components to be upgraded to vb5.
We will probably have a closed beta test (a year away) so that members can help us with the migration.
It is also possible we may just stick with vB4, depending on a bunch of issues around how vB5 develops.
Rick and I would like some feedback on the new approach to the user interface (allowing for the fact the beta is very buggy).
We also realised people don't like change, so we have a lot of thinking to do before we decide which way to go.
As usually we try to be open and transparent about the future of AP and welcome constructive input.