ModernBB 2.1.1 now available

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Earlier today, you might have started reciving messages from ModernBB that we’ve released a new version. And yes we have, ModernBB 2.1.1 is now available for download and fixes 8 bugs in ModernBB 2.1. You can find this download on our download page.

This release fixes several bugs, updating is recommended. This update makes it possible to install ModernBB 2.1 again, instead of having to update from ModernBB 2.0 or lower. We’ve also fixed the permissions page. We fixed 2 bugs in the default front-end designs and update those designs with small visual changes. We fixed the upgrade interface and fixed bugs with emails. Last, we updated the edit.php file’s interface.

As always, you can find the downloads on our download page. If you are already using ModernBB 2.0.x or 2.1.x, you can take a look at the update check, where you can easly download it. Make a backup before updating of both your database and files. And ofcourse: enjoy ModernBB 2.1.1. ModernBB 1.6.4, 2.0.2 and 2.1.2 will be released on the 10th of December 2013.

Round-up #8 – It’s Odd

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It has been a silent time in our tracker, we know. However, that’s soon coming to an end. For the past few days, I’ve been working on a mod for FluxBB: the ne ModernBB profile for FluxBB. This mod might become part of the FluxBB core, however, we’ll have the same feature coming in soon!

Anyway, you might know that development of ModernBB 2.2 ‘Odd’ has been started. We are now working on the profile for the most time. Of course, we will also work on the installer and responsive design, like we promissed. However, we will take our time for this release. 2.0 was released very fast for what it brought (maybe even to fast), and 2.1 was, with less then a month of development, also a quick, but great, release.

ModernBB 2.2 on the other hand, will be developed a little bit slower. Mainly because we also working in our sqlite3, hook and upgrade branch (it has been quit there, I know, but there is progress). I expect to merge upgrade and sqlite3 into master in this release! SQLite 3 support will also come to ModernBB 1.6. Just that you know it. We also expect Bootstrap 3.0.1 to be released this or next week, which will fix a lot of bugs in Bootstrap, and so in ModernBB, too.

Bootstrap 3.0.1 is coming to ModernBB 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2 if it is released before the week of 2nd December 2013. Otherewise, it will come only to ModernBB 2.1 and 2.2. However, it’s unlikely that it will be that far away from now. If jQuery 1.11 is released, that will also make the cut in ModernBB 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2. Normaly, this would be only for ModernBB 2.2 (because that’s the current development version), however, since 1.11 is realy focused on improving stability and performance of jQuery, and is actualy more a big bugfix release, we’ll bring it to older versions too. However, once again, if it isn’t released before the 2nd December, it won’t make the cut in ModernBB 2.0.

For ModernBB 1.6, we’ve also some great news. It might happen that, with SQLite 3 in the works and a new profile page, we will jump to ModernBB 1.7. For MBB1.6, this will mean that the support ends after the then running quarter ends. However, it could also happen that we just release those features as a 1.6.x release. But since we use semantic versioning, that’s very unlikely.

ModernBB 2.1.0 “Zoe” now available

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Just less then a month after the release of ModernBB 2.0, we are proud to announce the availability of ModernBB 2.1.0! ModernBB 2.1 is a small update upon ModernBB 2.0, however, it’s important to stay up-to-date, especialy since this release fixes lots of bugs. As always, you can download this version on our download page. Anyway, let’s introduce ModernBB 2.1 to you.

What’s new?

  •  Redesigned default styles: even before we released ModernBB 2.0, we knew that the default styles, Randomness, Kindness, Awesomeness and Radicalness where a little bit ugly. That’s why all of them have been redesigned. Awesomeness, Randomness and Radicalness are available inside the package. We will soon launch a style pack including Kindness and more additional styles.
  • Backstage enhancements: We updated the Backstage with multiple enhancements. We’ve placed more buttons so you don’t have to scroll all the way down to save your settings. We replaced lots of Yes/No questions with simple checkboxes. And we did some cleanup work. And more.
  • Place your title in the navbar: We’ve added an option under “Apperance” to allow you to show your forums title in the navbar. We also added an option to disable it to show up in the header, if you like.
  • Disable update check on index: We’ve added a checkbox to disable the update checker on the Backstage index, since not everyone likes it to be reminded of an update. This doesn’t change anything about the fact that it’s important to stay up-to-date.
  • Language pack improvements: ModernBB 2.1 contains a huge update on language packs, they now contain only 1 singe file. For translators, you only have to add all your language files behind each other. However, we also added new strings, it’s important to translate those too!
  • Developer updates: ModernBB 2.1s front-end only makes use of tables in topics and the userlist anymore! This allows style developers to customize their styles even better. Anyway, not that ModernBB 2.0 styles are likely to not work anymore in ModernBB 2.1.
  • Performance improvements: We’ve done some serious code cleanup to improve the performance of ModernBB.
  • And 22 other bugfixes.

It’s important to make a backup before you update your forums to ModernBB 2.1. The system requirements of ModernBB 2.1 are the same as those for ModernBB 2.0. Enjoy!

ModernBB 2.1-beta available

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You may have noticed that the website has changed yesterday and now features buttons to download ModernBB 2.1 beta, and that’s true, yesterday, we launced the first and last unstable version of ModernBB 2.1. So for the note: we do not plan a second beta, nor a release candidate. The next version is ModernBB 2.1.0.

We’re proud on this release, it’s not as big as ModernBB 2.0, but I would say, I’m more happy with this release than the 2.0 milestone. That’s because of multiple reasons. One is, that this release just doesn’t contain that much bugs anymore, because we worked hard on that! For end users, ModernBB 2.1 won’t be a very exiting release, the only change they will see is the new design in the front-end and a updated Backstage.

For developers, on the other hand, especialy the design developers, they will be happy with ModernBB 2.1. The new front-end structure allows you to make even cooler designes for ModernBB powered forums, however, you’re MBB 2.0 design won’t work with MBB 2.1. Anyway, we removed most of the tables, added new classes and ids to divs and other things, etc.

Other under-the-hood improvements are most of the time performance improvements, we’ve merged files together: we’ve now only 1 cache file instead of 2 in the include folder, we merged the language files all in just 1 file (not counting mail templates), we’ve improved the template form.tpl. And more. We’ve also fixed a lot of issues in the language files themselfs, those bugs are present in ModernBB 2.0, but we don’t plan to fix them. ModernBB 2.1 will be the bugfix release for those issues. Talking about that: bugfixes from ModernBB 2.0.2 that are already on GitHub, are included in this release too.