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FusionBB End of Life - 5/1/2014
Posted on: 05-05-14 10:12 PM     Posted by: JoshPet

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As you are aware, we haven't had a new release in 3 years. Many FusionBB customers have moved on to other forum products. It probably won't be a surprise, and is long overdue in formal announcement, but we are officially discontinuing FusionBB and it is EOL (End of Life) as of May 1, 2014. This means there will be no future updates, and no official support for the product. The forums here will remain open as a resource.

For those looking for an alternative, I personally don't have any experience migrating from FusionBB to another product. But I am told by other former customers that IPB has an import tool from FusionBB. I am also aware that some have switched to VBulletin . Unfortunately I can't offer any specific advice on those options, as I haven't experienced them myself. Users are free to discuss options in the forum here if anyone has any advice they want to share.

For those who have supported FusionBB over the years, your support and kindness over the years is appreciated.


FusionBB Ranks 9 out of 10 Stars at Forum Software Reviews
Posted on: 09-03-11 02:02 PM     Posted by: JoshPet

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FusionBB was recently reviewed by Forum Software Reviews, a site which is one of the best known resources for people choosing forum software.

We scored 9 out of 10 stars, which is a very nice ranking!

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The site also supports user reviews and user rankings, and you see that those display in our "badge" that we are now displaying above and in our sidebar. So if you are a FusionBB user and would like to rank us, it would be appreciated! You can see the review here: http://www.forum-software.org/fusionbb/review

Upgraded to FusionBB 3.2
Posted on: 06-05-11 03:06 AM     Posted by: JoshPet

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This site has been upgraded to FusionBB 3.2!

FusionBB Version 3.2 Released
Posted on: 06-05-11 02:45 AM     Posted by: JoshPet

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I am pleased to announce that FusionBB Version 3.2 has been released. It is available for download from the Member Area download forum. This is different from the way previous versions were downloaded, so click here if you didn't see the announcement about the license system.

For the most part, FusionBB 3.2 is a Minor Release and includes:
- Fixes some consistency issues between past versions
- Fixed some bugs when editing forums
- Fixed some bugs when managing attachments
- Fixed some issues with regards to post counts
- Added an HTML editor when editing site inserts and custom pages

Upgrade Instructions:
- BACKUP Your Files
- BACKUP Your Database
- Upload All Files
- Run /install/install.php in your browser

Professional Upgrade is available for $49 by clicking on the Purchase tab above.

Is this an amazing Kick A... Releas?
No, it's a minor release. There is not alot of new bells and whistles in it... yet. But here's the back story....

As many of you know, for years I have run FusionBB "on the side" while working a full time job. The last several years, Couchtomatoe has worked with us on coding. He did an awesome job and added some amazing things to FusionBB.

However, during his time helping, I was very busy with work and life etc... so honestly, my head wasn't in the day to day aspects of coding. I managed features and we talked about things etc....

Since his departure, I have spent some time re-engaging my head into the code. I've been working with some users on some support and bug issues. I've been getting my ducks in a row.

There has been a change in my work situation, which will allow me some more time to devote to FusionBB moving forward.

So why the release?
Sadly, in the past, we've had multiple versions of the same version. Meaning, we release 3.1 but then there's something wrong so some files got changed, and we repackaged and updated our package. Usually this was pretty quick, but the end result is you end up with multiple versions of each version, which should never happen. Because then someone is experiencing a bug in "3.1 Final 2" but not everyone has the same "3.1 Final 2" so headaches follow. LOL

Since 3.1 Final 2 got packaged multiple times, later versions of 3.1 Final 2 ended up having some of the 3.2 features and fixes in it. Sadly, since I wasn't "hands on" when all this was happening, I don't have a real clear idea of exactly what got included when. All I know from digging in to some people's issues, is that there are some consistency issues between the versions.

So my intention with releasing 3.2 is to set everyone with the same version. If I make any changes to it, it'll be 3.2.1 or 3.3 or whatever, but there won't be another 3.2.

Now that everyone's on the clean slate of 3.2, then we can begin working on some heavier features for what will be 3.3.

Fusion 3.1 Final 2
Posted on: 11-25-10 03:41 PM     Posted by: Couchtomatoe

Couchtomatoe
Uploaded a New File into the member area. Its Fusion 3.1 with alot of Bug Fixes. Look at the Bug Index Forum as to what was fixed.

Besides bug fixes things that snuck into 3.1 Final 2

1) autocomplete for finding things easier in the admin panel..

2) Rewrite of all javscript to utilize JQUERY

3) Rewrite of Lightbox code to use JQuery Lightbox

4) Rewrite of Userpage code to use JQuery UI

5) Session Table now uses the InnoDB Engine rather than the ISAM Engine. Please check with your host prior to installtion to make sure you have the latest PHP and MYSQL versions as well as the ability to use InnoDB for session table.

FusionBB 3.1 - Final Released
Posted on: 04-24-10 05:39 AM     Posted by: VertexBilly

VertexBilly
FusionBB 3.1 Final has been released to the client download area.

I do appologize as the latest delay was my fault. Couch did a great job of getting the last few tweaks made and gave it to me to put for download right as I left town for vacation.

However after the long wait here is 3.1 FINAL.

If you have questions about how to access the download area PT me or open a support ticket. I have posted articles about this before and will update this post to link to those shortly.

Again a big thumbs up to Couch, Josh, Chris, Greg and the Alpha team for making this happen. Thanks to everyone's hard work we didn't need to leave it in BETA for long as there were very few issues that had to be tweaked for Final release.

Don't forget to always make a backup of your files and database before making an upgrade.

Some notes from Couch regarding the install:
1) Backup your site and its templates/skins/config

2) Now that you have a copy of your site delete skins and template directories

3) Copy all files from install over to site

4) Run the install

5) Change any custom templates to the new directory format. I would suggest examining the
fusionbb directory structure to see what is where. Also notice the new userpage and mail
directory structures.

Copy any custom templates over to server make sure to change the template directory name
to something other than fusionbb and smallscreen

6) Change any custom templates to the new directory format. I would suggest taking one of
the default ones and using that as a basis for any custom skins. This will be how the
format is from here out.

Copy any custom skins over to server make sure to change the skins directory name to
something other then the default ones

7) Go into the admin panel and set any new config variables.

Go to Admin Panel -> Site Tools -> Edit Skins and Edit Templates and import any
skins/templates that are not in the db, they should be the ones that appear with the
asterisk (*)

## If on a suphp or IIS Server your files will be owned by the site owner. If not on suphp
or IIS you will notice that files are now owned by the user that apache is set to write
files as. most cases it could be user 99, nobody, or apache. This will be dependent upon
how your host has your server setup. If for some reason your ftp program cannot change
file permissions or overwrite files there are two files included now to fix permissioning
one is in Admin Panel -> Miscellaneous -> Unlock Files, and other is in your main
directory called unlock.php which can be run as http://yoursite.com/yourforum/unlock.php

## Reasoning behind new setup for skins/templates directories is that it was becoming harder
to know what files were missing from each and the ever increasing time it was taking to
do an upgrade. From here on out it will be a lot easier, faster, and more reliable.

If you do notice any bugs please post them in the bugs section.

If you have any questions please open them up in the forums.

Please post any support or upgrade questions in the relevant forums.

Any kudos to the team or general comments about this release - feel free to make them HERE .

Enjoy!

3.1 Beta - RELEASED
Posted on: 03-18-10 06:41 AM     Posted by: VertexBilly

VertexBilly
FusionBB 3.1 Beta has been released to the client download area.

If you have questions about how to access the download area PT me or open a support ticket. I have posted articles about this before and will update this post to link to those shortly.

Big thumbs up to Couch, Josh, Chris, Greg and the Alpha team for making this happen. Due to the alpha teams time, dedications and great feedback to our team we have a better product to show for it.

This is a BETA release. As always we never recommend updating a live environment with a BETA release. Your license does allow you to run a test / sandbox install and we recommend you do a trial upgrade first.

Don't forget to always make a backup of your files and database before making an upgrade.

Please give us your feedback on this release as that helps us move forward from a beta to a gold / final release.

Some notes from Couch regarding the install:
1) Backup your site and its templates/skins/config

2) Now that you have a copy of your site delete skins and template directories

3) Copy all files from install over to site

4) Run the install

5) Change any custom templates to the new directory format. I would suggest examining the
fusionbb directory structure to see what is where. Also notice the new userpage and mail
directory structures.

Copy any custom templates over to server make sure to change the template directory name
to something other than fusionbb and smallscreen

6) Change any custom templates to the new directory format. I would suggest taking one of
the default ones and using that as a basis for any custom skins. This will be how the
format is from here out.

Copy any custom skins over to server make sure to change the skins directory name to
something other then the default ones

7) Go into the admin panel and set any new config variables.

Go to Admin Panel -> Site Tools -> Edit Skins and Edit Templates and import any
skins/templates that are not in the db, they should be the ones that appear with the
asterisk (*)

## If on a suphp or IIS Server your files will be owned by the site owner. If not on suphp
or IIS you will notice that files are now owned by the user that apache is set to write
files as. most cases it could be user 99, nobody, or apache. This will be dependent upon
how your host has your server setup. If for some reason your ftp program cannot change
file permissions or overwrite files there are two files included now to fix permissioning
one is in Admin Panel -> Miscellaneous -> Unlock Files, and other is in your main
directory called unlock.php which can be run as http://yoursite.com/yourforum/unlock.php

## Reasoning behind new setup for skins/templates directories is that it was becoming harder
to know what files were missing from each and the ever increasing time it was taking to
do an upgrade. From here on out it will be a lot easier, faster, and more reliable.




Discuss this post HERE.

FusionBB 3.1 Update
Posted on: 02-18-10 10:31 PM     Posted by: JoshPet

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Hey Guys,

I wanted to give a quick update as to the Status of FusionBB 3.1.

We have been Alpha testing it and the code and features are all performing well. So we are good to go on that front.

There were a variety of upgrade issues that our testers had been experiencing, and you may have seen some of these issues in the forum the last few upgrades. They were usually language file or permission issues. So the installer/upgrader is being reworked to make this process as smooth as possible. Everyone wants a smooth upgrade right?

I am pleased to report that our updated upgrader is performing well. Updated Upgrader? Say that three times fast.

We also used this opportunity to make a couple of other changes to the foundation of FusionBB. Many new forum admins struggle with getting file permissions setup correctly on your server. To make this even more difficult, everyone's server is different, so there's no steadfast rule about making stuff 755 but sometimes you need 777 etc... Then when you have directories, like those used to hold language files, templates, skins and configuration files, that are writeable, you run a slight security risk of someone being able to write your files.

This isn't a security risk from within FusionBB, but in some server configurations, if files are "world writable" so the apache user can update them, if another account on a shared server is compromised, it can allow a hacker to place files in writable directories, or update writable files. So we have made some changes here as well, washing most of this data, through the database. This helps improve the security as well as will make some stuff easier to update for the average site administrator. And this will make it a bit easier for some things, like headers and such, to not be overwritten during an upgrade.

We also discovered some issues, where when posts or forums are deleted, in some cases, attachments remain on the server. This can lead to file bloat on larger sites. So we're making some changes to resolve this as well.

So we are currently in the process of testing this and making sure the transition with these changes from 3.0 to 3.1 will go smoothly for everyone. Once we are comfortable that we'll be rolling it out here as a public beta.

Stay Tuned!

2.2 End Of Life (EOL) Announcement
Posted on: 07-12-09 10:15 AM     Posted by: VertexBilly

VertexBilly
Beginning August 15th, 2009 FusionBB will mark version 2.2 and all versions prior to 2.2 as End Of Life.

What does this mean?
It means that versions of FusionBB 2.2 and prior will no longer receive FusionBB support.

Why Is FusionBB Making This Change?
Most issues that customers using versions 2.2 and prior run into could easily be addressed / fixed by simply upgrading to a current version.

We include bug fixes with every release so it does not make much sense spending hours fixing a bug or problem when an upgrade which usually takes less then an hour or can be done by the FusionBB staff for $49 (standard upgrade).

What will the EOL policy be fore FusionBB moving forward?
Moving forward FusionBB will only support the most current TWO stable releases of FusionBB.

Currently this means we will support 3.0 and 2.3.

When the next stable release of FusionBB is made we will mark 2.3 as EOL and 3.0 and the next stable version will be supported and so on.

What if I don't want to upgrade?
FusionBB will never force an upgrade on anyone. You are still more then welcome to run an EOL release (though not recommended).

You are also more then welcome to still post here on the forums, we won't ban you and other users can still chime in to help. If there is a quick answer to your problem or question a FBB staff member may still chime in. However FBB Staff will no longer officially support the product so a response from FBB Staff will not be required for problems with versions that have been EOL'd.

The official support will always be a a recommendation to upgrade to a current, supported stable release.

Is this normal?
Yes most software companies only support a certain number of current releases and regularly EOL older products.

Have additional questions or have comments about this post? Feel free to discuss this topic HERE .



FusionBB Staff Changes
Posted on: 06-04-09 02:47 AM     Posted by: VertexBilly

VertexBilly
We're excited to announce that we have had a few staff changes here at FusionBB.

We think that both changes will help improve communication between staff and our user base as well as allow for more timely responses to posts here on the FusionBB.com site.

We know these were both hot topics during the 3.0 released and they were recognized as areas that we could improve upon. We believe these changes will be a big part of accomplishing those improvements.

First Chris Peterson is now our FusionBB Community Support Manager. Most of you know Chris, he is on here constantly and is frequently the first person to answer your FusionBB questions.

Second Greg joins us as a FusionBB Community Support Specialist. Many of you know Greg, he is a long time FusionBB user (one of the originals) and a member of the Alpha team. Greg is not only well versed in FusionBB as a product but he operates a popular board, www.truckersroad.com so he is very familiar with the pitfalls, challenges, ups and downs and the needs and wants of an active community administrator.

We hope you will join me in thanking Chris for his hardwork and in welcoming Greg to the team!


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