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I’d like to let you know about some changes that we’re almost ready to implement on the site. I really want to hear what everyone thinks of these changes, so please comment.
The site is made up of a few separate pieces of software. The forum, the gallery, shop and blogs. This requires you to sign up multiple times, repeating the same information. It could be better. That’s why we are moving to a CMS (Content Management System). It’s just the one piece of software, that has everything together. The one login for everything. The CMS is also going to make it a lot easier to create and manage content (we’re even thinking of having a recipe area with categories). The CMS will allow us to update the site more regularly too. At the moment we have a bunch of static html pages that are hard to maintain, meaning it’s difficult to update the site when we want to. With the CMS we will also be able to have things like newsletters and RSS feeds. There’s a whole bunch of positives but there’s one negative.
We can’t use our current forum software (phpBB) with the CMS. Instead we would use a much simpler forum. It wouldn’t be as feature full as phpBB, and it would feel a little strange at first. It would be a simple, easy to use forum, still with BBCode, Smilies and the ability to post pics, but with some things missing that you have grown to love. For example, the current forum home page has a ‘Last Post’ column and a direct link [img]http://sourdough.com.au/forum/styles/prosilver/imageset/icon_topic_latest.gif[/img] to that post, where as the new forum doesn't. How important is it to have a full featured forum?
Also, we wont be able to transfer existing PM's to the new site, but I will be able to retrieve old ones on request.