ModernBB 2.0-beta.1 available and new website

I’m prety happy to announce the availability of ModernBB 2.0 beta 1! Starting today, you can find this download at our download page. Beta 1 is the first of 3 pre-release releases (beta 1, beta 2 and release candidate) before we launch ModernBB 2.0.0! We also redesigned our website for this release.

ModernBB 2.0 beta 1
Let me introduce to you: the very first beta of ModernBB 2. We’ve got a couple of key-features. One of them is the completely redesigned Dashboard interface. Another one is the support for sub forums in ModernBB. Both features are requested lots of times at FluxBB, I made it happen with ModernBB. We also added a couple of new management features: you can now easly manage your database (read: making backups, using SQL, etc.) and creat new users from the Dashboard. There is also added a new maintenance option to clean up users.

We also updated the parser with some new features. The parser now supports embedded videos from DailyMotion, Vimeo and YouTube. It also support superscript and subscript. Air, Earth and Fire are a little bit modernized with  less borders. Other new features are a 1-step forum creation, a clean registration for new users, a new login experience and other small improvements. We also improved the update checker. But there is more to come in beta 2: for example, a redesigned Dashboard index. 2.0
Together with beta 1, we have launched a new website. The website is based on the ModernBB 2 Dashboard design. We removed “Resources” and “Docs” from the menu. However, “Docs” will return as soon as the documentation is ready (which is planned to happen after ModernBB 2.0.0). The menu now features a download button for the most recent release and most recent beta release.

The menu now works with hovering instead of clicking, making navigation faster. Under “About”, we’ve added a “Features” page that compares FluxBB 1.5, ModernBB 1.6 and ModernBB 2.0 with eash other. We also updated the “FAQ” and “About” itself. The about page now contains information about ModernBB 2.1 and 2.5, our future releases. And last but not least: the forums are updated to ModernBB 2.0 beta 1. We will soon reintegrate the forums with the website design.

A new roadmap: ModernBB 2.0

Today, I would like to introduce to you: a new roadmap. Just a couple of minutes ago I pushed a code reset to the 1.7-branch and created a 2.0-branch. Both the unstable and version1.7 branch are removed and we will start developing ModernBB 2.0 right now.

With those changes, ModernBB 2.0-beta.1 will be launched somewhere at the end of this summer or the begin of the upcoming fall. All planned releases for ModernBB 1.7 are renamed and moved to a later date. ModernBB 2.0 will contain some of the planned changes from ModernBB 1.7, and some of the changes from version 1.8. Some of those are Improved styles for the frond end, a brand new dashboard, and more.

When you use the dev versions from version2.0, you will notice that after installation, ModernBB will show you that you’re using version 1.9.0 or any other patch release in the 1.9-branch. Not that those numbers are unofficial and are not part of the version history of ModernBB. As soon as the first beta for 2.0 is ready, we will jump over to version 2.0-beta.1.