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New Forum Platform Coming Soon 2 weeks 3 days ago #9344

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Greetings!

Sorry this post is going in this category, but we wanted to make sure it's easily found by all visitors, so keeping it at the top seemed like a good idea.

First up, we want to take a quick moment to thank all of you for being part of our Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome communities. It’s incredibly important to us that you receive the support and attention you deserve, so we have some exciting news to share with you all today.

While looking over the features available to you in your current forums, we’ve discovered that the experience isn’t all it could be. To bring the forums up to date with new features that will serve you well for years to come, we’re going to migrate the existing forums to the Xenforo platform.

A bit about Xenforo:
  • Security is improved substantially in the new platform.
  • Development in XenForo is more active and is based on a modern framework
  • The learning curve for all of you should be small, as Xenforo is quite intuitive and user friendly. We actually have several forums running on Xenforo already, including Space.com Forums, if you’d like to check those out.
  • Extra built-in features like spam prevention that are stricter and more effective
  • It has a vast library of addons that will help us continue to quickly add new features for years to come, as technologies develop.
  • Responsive design that scales resolution and provides a substantially improved mobile-friendly interface, for when you want to stay in touch with the community while traveling
  • A built in image gallery for posting pictures directly into threads

As we get a set schedule in place for the migration, we’ll continue to keep you all updated with the latest news. Expect this to happen early next year.

Because the Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome forums are both currently active, it will require making a copy of the forums in Xenforo. What that means to all of you is that there will come a period of time (that we’ll tell you about in advance) where posts made after a specific time will not be migrated over to Xenforo, so they will be lost in the process.

This will also mean some period of the forums being offline completely while data is transferred to Xenforo. We’re going to keep this window of time to an absolutely minimum, but believe that the end result of the vastly improved forums should make the move worthwhile.

Part of the process for improving your experience in the forums is to keep a robust number of users that can all share their experiences in one convenient place. To accomplish that goal, we’re also planning to make one forum that will cover both motor homes and caravans. The two separate Editorial sites will remain exactly as they are, but using a shared forum with categories that will serve both communities well.

Please let us know your thoughts, or ask any questions you may have.Once the migration is complete and we can all enjoy faster page loading, improved security, reduced spam, and new social features (like direct messages), you’ll see an incredibly strong foundation on which to build an exciting future.

Thanks so much for being part of the Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome communities!

- The Community Team
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New Forum Platform Coming Early 2020 5 days 5 hours ago #9366

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Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read over the post above. Since this forum exists to provide you with the tools you need to grow as a community, we'd love to get feedback from you on how things can be better on the new forums.

Specifically, how do you feel about the current layout of categories in the forum? If you'd recommend rearranging items, what would you like to see? We'll have much more customization in Xenforo, so we can easily move categories around to fit our needs.

We'll hear you out on any request at all. We can't promise being able to implement everything, but if it's a thing we can do, we'd love the opportunity to try making it happen.
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New Forum Platform Coming Soon 1 hour 55 minutes ago #9370

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Hey again!

I'm closing up this thread for the original announcement and want to direct folks to post their comments in the new thread that calls out the specific date of the migration:
www.practicalmotorhome.com/forum/new-mem...n-begins-11-december

It has been moved up to this week, so please chime in there with any questions you may have.

Thanks very much!
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