Once upon a time, there was a Backstage

With Luna 2.0 Preview 1 coming along nicely, I found it kinda fitting to go over the history of the Backstage. We’ve done this before, prior to the launch of ModernBB 3.3, but this time around, there is so much more to say about the Backstage. So let’s take a look at how we got from Dashboard 1.6 in ModernBB 1.6 to Backstage 6.0 “Astrid” in Luna 2.0.

Dashboard 1.6/1.7

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Framework: None / Icon set: None / Awesomeness: 11%

As ModernBB 1.x was more of a maintenance release to continue where FluxBB failed, the Dashboard that could be found in these early ModernBB versions wasn’t anything different from FluxBB. What you see above is an interface that isn’t responsive and not optimized for management at all. It’s actually quiet boring. Moving on…

Dashboard 2.0

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Framework: Bootstrap 2.3.2 / Icon set: None / Awesomeness: 24%

Similar to Luna 2.0, the first beta of ModernBB 2.0 focused on revamping the Dashboard – and only the Dashboard. This is where the basic structure that is still in use today, is introduced. Not only that, but for the first time in ModernBB’s history (which includes PunBB’s and FluxBB’s) a framework is introduced. In this case, it was Bootstrap 2.3.2. It’s the first time it appears, and also the last. But I’m gonna be honest with myself, the UI was a mess. Let me illustrate:

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That’s the Settings-page. The very same page we’re now getting very positive feedback on. Let me be clear: this version… not that positive. And I can only say that I agree. Somehow, I found it a good look back in the day, now I don’t.

Backstage 2.1

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Framework: Bootstrap 2.3.2 / Icon set: None / Awesomeness: 27%

In beta 2 of ModernBB 2.0, not that much changed about the design, however, a notable change in functionality was that the index now included features instead of just a list of things you could do. And another obvious change was the introduction of the word “Backstage”.

Backstage 3.0

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.0.0 / Icon set: None / Awesomeness: 43%

Then ModernBB 2.0 beta 3 happened. Not only did this release revamp the front-end completely – something that’s totally besides the point for this blog post – but it also revamped the Backstage. Big time. We kicked Bootstrap 2 out, and included Bootstrap 3 instead. Thank god, you might say, because for the first time, the Backstage was finally taking shape.

Beyond a visual refresh – as you can see below – not that much changed to the Backstage in ModernBB 2.0’s releases after beta 3. It didn’t change a thing in ModernBB 2.1 either. The only notable difference was that Bootstrap got updated to version 3.0.2, and even that isn’t that notable at all.

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Backstage 3.1

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.0.3 / Icon set: None / Awesomeness: 51%

Little note: so far, non of the versions of Backstage where actually responsive. Backstage 3.1 did bring a responsive design. A poor implementation, but one nonetheless. This puts ModernBB in history as one of the first forum software to have a fully responsive design, thanks to Bootstrap. Version 3.1 also introduced the now much used panel-button (as can be seen in the “New reports” panel). For some reason, we also made the design wider. I don’t know why, but we did.

Backstage 4.0

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.1.1 / Icon set: Glyphicons / Awesomeness: 59%

ModernBB 3.0 introduced a less colorfull design (though it did introduce the idea of accents). It is however notable for – what I believe to be – the first good implementation of Bootstrap in ModernBB. The result was a properly functioning responsive design and a much cleaner interface overall. Through later versions would still improve on that, it was a major improvement. Also, we started using icons in the Backstage in version 4.0 too. ModernBB 3.1 and 3.2 also used Backstage 4.0 with some minor adjustments.

Backstage 4.1

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.1.1 / Icon set: Glyphicons / Awesomeness: 49%

And this is the point where we got into a personality crisis. Backstage was redesigned with a more colorful interface once more. And a bright on. A little to bright (but the worst has yet to come). This version of Backstage did introduce the accent system we use today (that is, setting the accent). ModernBB 3.4.3 would upgrade Bootstrap to version 3.2.0, but did not bring any other visual changes. It was a release I am particulary proud of, the Backstage design? Not so much.

Backstage 4.2

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.2.0 / Icon set: Glyphicons / Awesomeness: 56%

As if Backstage 4.1 wasn’t bright enough, version 4.2 made the navbar white. White! It did make the design look more professional and all, but it certainly was a downgrade for people working often in dark spaces with not enough light.

Backstage 4.3

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.3.1 / Icon set: Glyphicons / Awesomeness: 64%

The good news is that that light design didn’t last that long. ModernBB 3.6 started to introduce design aspects that could be found in the Luna Preview 0 builds from that time. This time, the Backstage did gain a functional update: touch-friendly dropdowns for tablet users. Backstage 4.3 is basically the last iteration of the Backstage 2-based series. ModernBB 3.7 used the exact same code for it’s Backstage and after that, it was Luna all the way. But ModernBB had one last update…

Backstage 4.9

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.3.5 / Icon set: Font Awesome 4.4 / Awesomeness: 83%

ModernBB 4 brought Backstage 4.9 along. This version of the Backstage was a back-port of the Backstage that could be found in Luna 1.1. It brought Font Awesome as the icon set to ModernBB and was the final ModernBB release.

Backstage 5.0

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Framework: TrentUI 1.0 / Icon set: Font Awesome 4.2 / Awesomeness: 71%

So, now we go backwards. Backstage 5.0 is older then version 4.3 and 4.9. This is the first itteration of Backstage since version 4.2. It introduced a brand new design and 2 noticable framework changes: Bootstrap was set aside for TrentUI (a Bootstrap fork) and Font Awesome took over the Glyphicons usage. Perhaps more important: this update changed the menu and required less navigation within the hamburger menu on small screens. Later revisions did put Bootstrap 3.3.0 back in place.

Backstage 5.1

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.3.1 / Icon set: Font Awesome 4.2 / Awesomeness: 82%

Luna 1.0 Preview 1 brough along a familiar design if you’re used to todays versions of Luna. The interface was made darker and flatter.

Backstage 5.2

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.3.1 / Icon set: Font Awesome 4.2 / Awesomeness: 84%

Luna 1.0 Preview 2 made panel headings more distict and stand out and brought minor visual changes. It was basically the last major itteration of the Backstage for the Luna 1.0-branch. 1.0.7 brought the “brand”-update, which included our lighter blue brand color, the one still in use today.

Backstage 5.3

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Framework: Bootstrap 3.3.5 / Icon set: Font Awesome 4.3 / Awesomeness: 87%

Which brings us to todays Backstage. While both Bootstrap and Font Awesome have been updated since the original Backstage 5.3 release (as part of Luna 1.1), the design has remained the same and no big changes where applied. It’s our best Backstage yet that’s publicly available. But we have one version that’s even better: Backstage 6 “Astrid” right now in development.

Lessons learned

After a little less then 3 year of iteration changes and 2 major revamps (Backstage 2 and 5), you might think that we’ve learned our lessons on how to make a great administration interface. And yes, we did. And all of that is going to come together in the 6th version of the Backstage, and the third major revamp (though, since it is a rebuild from scratch, you might say it’s the first major revamp). It’s going to be gorgeous. We’ll have a blog post up about Luna 2.0 Preview 1 early next year, so stay tuned!

Evolving ModernBB: The Backstage

As al of you might know – or not – ModernBB 3.3 will contain a new fresh design for the Backstage, because the head of Studio 384 told us so. Well not entirely, I made up some design guidlines and tought “I should add those to ModernBB and ModernCount too…”. Anyway, a couple of days ago, we showed you how the profile interface evolved, let’s do that again, but now for the Backstage (also the index page). Later on, I’m planning to talk about our default design in general too.

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I didn’t make a screenshot of the ModernBB 1.6 Control Panel design (no Backstage back in those days, neither at this level of development). But I can tell you: it looked prety stuped, the same content as above, but with another layout. Anyway, as you can see, the Control Panel/Dashboard (as it was called during ModernBB 2 beta 1) only contained a list of stuff you could do, and it gave you the ModernBB version and a link to the server statistics. Kind of useless (and one of the reasons that ModernBB exist, the same page and content is used in FluxBB). Anyway, I am proud of the navbar design, Aurora was born (the name of the style).

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ModernBB 2 beta 2 added a lot of functionality to this page. We added a link to the back-up page, show new reports and the forums default statistics. On top of the page, we also added a “Welcome to ModernBB” alert. And the automatic update check was introduced on this page too. The “Extensions” link is now also disabled when no extensions are available. Also, beta 2 introduced the “Backstage” name. Note the silly introduction under “Welcome to your Backstage”. We updated Aurore to version 1.1! Yay!

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While functional an improvement, I wasn’t too happy with the ModernBB 2 beta 2 Backstage. Beta 3, the unexpected extra beta, that also throw the old front-end over board, redesigned the Backstage completely. We started using Bootstrap panels and introduced Aurora 2.0. A huge improvement. As you can see, it’s a very flat design. And the navbar is very similar to the ModernBB 3.0/3.1/3.2 design.

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But neither was I happy with Aurore 2.0, and thus, the Aurore 1 design was reïntroduced in Aurore 3. Aurore 3 was a serious clean-up from the previous versions of Aurore. And another good indication that I’m very bad at versioning, we’re now at ModernBB 2 RC 1, and are already running arround with Aurore 3…

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Aurore 3.1 was part of ModernBB 2.1 (we didn’t change to much anymore after RC1, of course). As you can see, titles where now blue (the statics panels content are titles).

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ModernBB 2.2 introduced Aurore 3.2, which included a feature that, starting from that release, is used everywhere in ModernBB: panel title buttons. Take a look at the report panel, the “View all” link has been replaced with a nice button on the right hand side of the panels titlebar. We also updated the alert styles.

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While only been seen in 1 development release, Aurore 2 was the inspiration for the Aurore 4 design. This time, we went with some nice gradients. We started using icons in the navbar, added titles to all Backstage pages that didn’t had one yet, and kicked out the full “Time to update” warning. Intresting about this design is, while introduced in ModernBB 3, it was supposed to come to ModernBB 2 in an unreleased ModernBB 2.3. Version 2.3 of ModernBB has been in development, but never made it, due to the works on ModernBB 3. Aurore 4 supported accent colors, through only “ModernBB Blue” and “Blue” are available. After Aurore 4, not to much has changed about the Backstage. ModernBB 3.1 and 3.2 are still using the exact same design, it hasn’t been touched ever since.

ModernBB 3.3 will introduce Aurore 5, in contrast with Aurore 1, 2, 3 and 4, it has been build from the ground up. It will support a brand new design. Accent colors will be used more intensive, as you will get support for ModernBB Blue, Yellow, Red and Lime. I think a lot of people are going to like it. With Aurore 5, we’re going back to flat design, like Aurore 2, but flatter. I don’t have a screenshot now, if you want to see it, you should try out the version3.3 branch.

ModernBB 2.0.2 now available

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We’re happy to announce that ModernBB 2.0.2 is now available for download at our download page. ModernBB 2.0.2 fixes 21 issues in ModernBB. It’s recommended to update, but when you do, be sure you’ve got a back-up of your forum. We also recommend you to upgrade to ModernBB 2.2.02 instead.

Note that this is the last release in this branch and we stop support for this release as of 10 December 2013.

ModernBB 2.2 “Zoe” now available

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We’re one and a half month after the release of ModernBB 2.1, and we already have a new major update ready for you! I’m proud to announce the availability of ModernBB 2.2. With ModernBB 2.2, ModernBB is one of the first (if not the first) forum software to release with a design that is responsive by default! As always, you can find the latest version of ModernBB at our download page!

What’s new?

  • Responsive design: it’s finaly here! It was supposed to be part of ModernBB 2.0, but didn’t make the cut. Anyway, the new responsive design let ModernBB shine on every device you might get in touch with. Randomness, Radicalness and Awesomeness support this feature.
  • New profiles: This was a major issue with ModernBB (and FluxBB): the profiles were a mess. In ModernBB 2.2, this has been resolved, improving the way profiles work. Less pages with settings, a cleaner “View profile”, better tools for administration, and more.
  • Updated designs: All 3 default styles have had a small update. They are now lighter, do not require any image anymore, allowing your forum to load faster. The new designs are smoother and fit every need.
  • Improved elements: We’ve also Improved the way the pagination is displayed, making it easier to use and better fit with every style. We did this with the permission labels too, and the topic-type labels.
  • Backstage updates: Backstage also uses a slightly altered design and the code behind it has been Improved too. Making better use of Bootstrap 3. We even did already some stuff for ModernBB 3.0! While it’s just some visual change here, you might like it.
  • Clickable labels: Radiobuttons and checkboxes are small and hard to click, especialy when your on a touchscreen device, that’s why labels are now clickable. Making it easier for users with mouse, and touch.
  • And many, many more

Of course, we recommend you to update to the latest version of ModernBB. It’s important to make a backup before you update your forums to ModernBB 2.2. The system requirements of ModernBB 2.2 are the same as those for ModernBB 2.0 and 2.1. Enjoy!

ModernBB 2.0, 2.1 and 3.0
With ModernBB 2.2 released, and following our release scheme, support for ModernBB 2.1 will end together with that of ModernBB 2.0 after 10 December 2013. From then, we will only support ModernBB 1.6 LTS and ModernBB 2.2. However, that day, we will release the final update for both branches, version 2.0.2 and 2.1.2 respectivly. Meanwhile, we will start developing ModernBB 3.0.

An update on support

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I’ve toughts about it for a while now. But we are going to change the support we always planned to give. We change our support cycle because of some issues we have with ModernBB 2.0, and because it’s pointless how it was ment to work.

Let’s write down how the support cyclus should work if we followed our old cycle. Well, ModernBB 1.6 would be supported for an unknown time, even after the release of multiple ModernBB releases. ModernBB 2.0 would be supported until we would release ModernBB 2.2 and ModernBB 2.1, which now is still in development, would be supported until version 2.3 is released. Well…

That’s not how we are going to do it. The most important change will be for ModernBB 2.0. Anyway, we’ve put an end date on the support for ModernBB 1.6, support for this version will end in March 2015. That’s a while from now, so that should not give problems. ModernBB 2.0 will be supported until 2 weeks after the ModernBB 2.1 stable has been released. Here is the most important change: we’ve decided to not support it until the release of 2.3.

This has been done because we faced to much bugs in ModernBB 2.0, we could fix them in the 2.0 branch, but they already have been fixed in ModernBB 2.1. We know that this is not what we promised and we are very sorry, but it’s pointless to fix all the bugs (by the way, they are most of the time just visual bugs and won’t make ModernBB impossible to use) if they already have been fixed in 2.1. Another reason why we end support for ModernBB 2.0 that fast, is the fact that the styles API has been seriously updated and styles for ModernBB 2.0 won’t work on ModernBB 2.1. We don’t want to make it difficult for developers to support the current versions.

ModernBB 2.1 will take a similar scheme, the support for it will end together with the release of the next feature updates, the patch that’s then in the works will be finished and released as soon as it is ready, then it’s done for that branch. With this, we hope to give you more reasons to keep yourself up-to-date, this is very important to us and your own safety and fun.

Talking about updates, we will release updates on a more regular base. We want to start a 3-month release cyclus for patches. This cyclus starts with the release of ModernBB 1.6.4 and 2.0.2 in December 2013. The next update for 1.6 will be 1.6.5 in March 2014, and so on. The only exceptions we make on this rull are security updates, hotfixes and x.x.1 patches. Those last ones is, for example 2.1.1, this might be released ealier than this.

Also: feature updates will also follow the same dates. If we release ModernBB 2.1 in January 2013, the first update won’t be released in April 2013, but in March 2013, we will Always release updates in March, June, September and December of ever year. No matters when a version has been released (except if we didn’t change anything in the meantime).

Round-up #6 – MBB 2.1: New designs, new features

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Another week has ended, another round-up has come! In the past week, we brought ModernBB 2.0.1 to all of you, which fixes some issues in ModernBB 2.0.0. We also fixed multiple issues in the ModernBB 2.1-beta milestone and did lots and lots of work on unfinished tickets. Anyway, this is the last time we do a weekly round-up, starting today, we will do a new round-up when we think it’s time for one.

New styles, and new ways to make them
We noted mutliple times that the styles included in ModernBB 2.0 will be redone in ModernBB 2.1, and well, we are making progress. Some days ago, we already posted a preview of this on Twitter and this blog.

Well, Randomness is finished, right now, I’m working on Awesomeness, and soon, Radicalness will folow. Kindness won’t be part of ModernBB 2.1 anymore. Instead, it will be released as an additional theme in a package, together with a white, black, purple, pink and orange version of Randomness.

For developers, it will be way more easy to create new styles. We’ve removed some of the tables, only posts and userlists are still tables. We’ve added new classes and ids to the core (this is still a work in progress) and we’ve updated our default templates. Those and other small improvements, will be the reason that creating styles for ModernBB 2.1 will be (even) more fun than for ModernBB 2.0.

Other improvements we made in 2.1-beta
However, style improvements aren’t the only things we did in ModernBB 2.1-beta for now, we did update the header, it’s now cleaner and contains less stuff that’s not needed. The menu now contains a dropdown menu that puts important things for the user together, leaving more space for additional menu items. Or.. Another new feature is that you can display the title of your forum in the navbar or the header itselfs. Or both. This feature is added in Backstage under “Appearance”, which was the previous “Display” page.

About that: we made multiple improvements to the Backstage. We cleaned up the interface, restructured it and more. This is also a work in progress. The new Backstage will make it even easier for you to manage your forum. The help page is also updated, it now contains a header and footer and uses the default main.tpl template instead of help.tpl. More improvements are to come.

ModernBB 1.6.4, 2.0.1, 2.0.2
Meanwhile in stable-land, we’ve released ModernBB 2.0.1, this fixes multiple issues, most of them bugs in the interface, in ModernBB 2.0.0. However, with that done, we move on to develop ModernBB 1.6.4 and 2.0.2, those versions are supposed to be released allongside eash other. And will fix the same bugs with some other bugs that are version-specific. ModernBB 1.6.4 and 2.0.2 are now planned for December 2013.

ModernBB 2.0.1 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 2.0.1 is now available for download and fixes 8 bugs in ModernBB 2. You can find this download on our download page.

This release fixes several bugs, updating is recommended. Most of the improvements are fixes for missing interfaces, like the search interface, the “ModernBB is succesfully installed” interface, announcements, etc. We also refind the Profile interface, it looks just a bit better now. We also fixed the Board Statistics panel at the index and finaly cleaned up the about page, that contained old content.

As always, you can find the downloads on our download page. If you are already using ModernBB 2.0-beta.x, 2.0-rc.x or 2.0.0, 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 2.0.1.

A word on branches

It might be a little confusing, we’ve got now 7 branches in the ModernBB development repository and we would like to introduce those branches to you. Why they are there and more. It’s kinda important to know.

master is our primary branch and always hosts the newest stable release for our latest branch. Commits will be pushed to it as soon as the development of a new version of ModernBB is finished in another branch. This branch is used by the update check for checking on new versions when not set to “Check in current branch”.

version1.6 is the main development branch for ModernBB 1.6, this is where we developed ModernBB 1.6-beta, 1.6.0, 1.6.1, 1.6.2 and 1.6.3 LTS, this is also where we will continue development for our LTS releases in the 1.6-branch.

1.6/lts is the old branch that was used to develop ModernBB 1.6.0 LTS, 1.6.1 LTS and 1.6.2 LTS. With the release of ModernBB 1.6.3, we stoped development of LTS releases in this branch, and moved them to version1.6.

version2.0 contains the latest dev releases for ModernBB 2.0 and is our main development branch for this version. This is where we developed the unstable MBB2 versions and the future patch releases.

version2.1 contains the latest dev releases for ModernBB 2.1 and is our main development branch for this version. This is where we develope the unstable MBB 2.1 versions and the future patch releases.

version2.5 is a branch we made a while ago. It was supposed to contain the development versions of ModernBB 2.5, that would kick of after ModernBB 2.0 beta 2, however, it was decided to include all planned changes for ModernBB 2.5 in ModernBB 2.0, beta 3 was the first version to do so. This branch is behind all others and contains a dev release over ModernBB 2.0 right now, as soon as development over ModernBB 2.5 kicks of, we will start using this branch again.

mbb.dev is a custom version of ModernBB, which you can find on http://modernbb.be/dev, it’s actualy more a test center, and multiple features are disabled in this release.

Round-up #5 – ModernBB 1.6.3/2.0.1/2.1-beta

modernbb21d Less than a week, and we launched ModernBB 2.0 RC2, RC3 and Final. It was an awesome week. But now the even more serious work will start again. We’ve got a hotfix ModernBB 1.6.3 and 1.6.3 LTS in the works, since 1.6.2 just doesn’t work. ModernBB 2.0.1 will have to be here very soon too. Meanwhile, we kick of the development of ModernBB 2.1.

Yes, it’s going to be bussy. Since we do not have anything in development right now. I’m going to do this round-up a little different. Split in versions…

ModernBB 1.6.3
We discovered today that ModernBB 1.6.2 has a serious flaw: during development, on one point, it merged with the ModernBB 2.0 development version of that time. Due to not being noticed, this update made it to the 1.6.2 Final, bugging up the whole system. This is why we have to start with the codebase of ModernBB 1.6.1, and fix all issues from 1.6.2 again (this is the third time (ModernBB 2.0 RC1, 1.6.2, 1.6.3). However, while it won’t be different from what ModernBB 1.6.2 was supposed to be, we’ll have to release it as ModernBB 1.6.3. Now, ModernBB 1.6.3 is from the previous branch. What would mean that we would release it as a normal version, and an LTS version. Well, that won’t happen. ModernBB 1.6.3 and onwards will only be available as LTS releases. However, if ModernBB 2.1 is released, ModernBB 2.0 will just keep receving patches. It’s just because ModernBB 1.6 is an LTS branch.

ModernBB 2.0.1
This is another release we hope to have out there very soon. We’ve already find some bugs in the code. The most obvious one is probably the broken “Board statistics” panel on the index. We hope to have a fix for this, and a couple of other issues out there at the end of this month (ModernBB 1.6.3 will be developed first). Other fixes will be announced later. Anyway, expect an update very soon! The updates will warn you.

ModernBB 2.1 Beta
The next feature release. ModernBB 2.1-beta, or ModernBB 2.1 Beta by its name, will improve on the features we have made in ModernBB 2.0. The most important one will be a restructure (not a redesign) of the Backstage. It will also be about optimalization of the code. Version 2.1 will replace the current ugly default styles with brand new ones. We will improve the structure of ModernBB by dropping as much tables as possible. De menu bar will be Improved (front-end one), new customization options. We’re even planning to create a plugin that gives the default styles some extra options. Which will be awesome, don’t you think? Other improvements will be made on the updater. Actualy, we will improve everything a little bit. Let’s say it like that.

Note: This round-up was written on 14 September 2013 and may talk about versions that are already released.

ModernBB 2.0.0 “Zoe” now available

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Finaly, we are proud to announce the availability of ModernBB 2.0.0! With version 2.0.0, we’ve finished 6 months of work on ModernBB, 63% of the ModernBB 1.6 core is modified, resulting in ModernBB 2.0! As always, you can download this version on our download page. Anyway, let’s introduce ModernBB 2 to you.

What’s new?

  • Backstage: we’ve redesigned the back end of ModernBB, the old Dashboard, in something we call “Backstage”, from here, you can manage your forum in a clean way, having everything only one click away, thanks the the always-on-top and hover menu.
  • Stay up-to-date, the easy way: While you had to check on updates for yourself in ModernBB 1.6, ModernBB 2.0 will check on his own! We understand how important it is to stay up-to-date, and well, here you go, an easier way to do so.
  • Redesigned front-end: Not only the Backstage, but the front-end, too, has been redesigned. With it’s new structure, it’s less complicated to create awesome styles. Just like the Backstage, the front-end is based on Bootstrap 3.0.
  • Simple login: The login form contained a menu, footer and so on. But when you are loging in, you only want the important things: the login form, a password request link, a registration link, and that’s it. With ModernBB 2.0, that’s what you get, a clean login.
  • Manage your database: It’s important for you to create back-ups of your database, not only when updating. So why is something so important, so hard to do? Not anymore, ModernBB 2.0 contains a build in back-up system. One click on a button, and go. The backup system is also able to backup custom tables.
  • StopForumSpam: StopForumSpam is integrated in ModernBB 2.0, the only thing you have to do is request an API key and then you can say goodby the known forum spammers.
  • New parser features: ModernBB 2.0’s parser contains lot’s of new features, it support video embedding from DailyMotion, Vimeo and YouTube, we support super- and subscript, acronyms, inline quotes, etc.
  • Toolbar: When you want to post something, BBCodes are a great way to give your posts some style, however, it’s hard learn them all, so we added a new toolbar you can customize on your own.
  • And many more!

With ModernBB 2.0 finished, we will move on with the development of the upcoming hotfix release ModernBB 1.6.3, and the normal releases ModernBB 1.6.4, ModernBB 2.0.1 and the next big milestone, ModernBB 2.1-beta. When you’re updating, please create a backup. Enjoy this brand new ModernBB! If you want to stay in the ModernBB 1.6 branch, we highly recommend you to use ModernBB 1.6.1, since version 1.6.2 contains some serious bugs.

ModernBB.be 2.2
With ModernBB 2.0, we also launch, once again, a big update for our website. Most of the improvements are done in the core, but we are also proud to announce that the documentation is finaly available for ModernBB 2.0.