ModernBB 3.0 “Odd” now available

We’re three and a half month after the release of ModernBB 2.2, and we have a new major update ready for you! I’m proud to announce the availability of ModernBB 3.0. As always, you can find the latest version of ModernBB at our download page!

What’s new?

  • New Backstage: The Backstage design has been Improved to be more clear, more structured and more awesome. Give it your own touch with a new setting in your profile, allowing you to change the accent color.
  • Reset: you can now reset your forum with soft and hard reset!
  • Kindness and friends: Kindness has returned. The style that was available for ModernBB 2.0 but was removed in 2.1 is back. The other 3 styles also had some major improvements.
  • WYSIWYG: The editor has been replaced with a brand new one, the new TinyMCE based editor allows you to see what you’re going to post.
  • New parser abilities: The parser is now capable of understanding all h1 – h6 tags and a new c-tag, wich allows to use inline code.
  • New components: Bootstrap and jQuery have been updated to the latest release and TinyMCE is a new component in the software (causing it to be rather big than usual).
  • 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 3.0. Note that ModernBB 3.0 requires PHP 5.1 and a database running MySQL 5.0 or higher or SQLite 2.

Vanellope – it could happen

So, we’ve been working on this for a while now, let’s do a quick recap of everything that happened the past 1,5 months, because it is prety big, what has happened. We’ll talk about development, planning, branding and more.

Branding
So yeah, we’re now calling Project Luna “Vanellope”. Nothing new here, we’ve been doing that on our site for a while now, yesterday however, we pushed this also to the actual project (which was using both Luna and Vanellope as branding). Since we already have a codename that’s also name Vanellope (update 1.1), we’ll give version 1.1 codename Luna instead, just to make it more clear. The repository will also be moved in the near future. You won’t find it anymore at github.com/ModernBB/Vanellope, but at github.com/Vanellope/Vanellope. We have got our hands on the Vanellope username on GitHub. 🙂 We’ll fix that last branding issues on our site in the upcoming week.

Planning
So, a couple of days ago, the Vanellope project page on ModernBB.be was updated with Yellow, update 1.2. This will be the second update for Vanellope, planned to launch in the summer of 2015. That’s a while from now… Just like Luna (which is now update 1.1), this release will add features that didn’t made it to our first stable release. Update 1.3 and update 1.4 will be released in Fall 2015 and Winter 2015/2016 respectivly, from there on, we want to have 3 major updates each year (kind of WordPress-like).

Version 1.0 itself didn’t change that much on our schedual. In fact, it stayed the same, we’re still planning to launch our first alpha somewhere this summer, probably in June. The beta, RC and final stage are also still on their usual dates. Anyway, we’ve also some news on when we won’t support ModernBB anymore: support will end after the Luna update has been released. That’s a year from now. Meanwhile, we’ll finish ModernBB 3.0 next month and might release another ModernBB 3.1 update.

Development
This is a very exciting part of the past month. Development of Vanellope has taken of over a month ago, and we’ve made already more then 150 commits to the repository. Slowly, we are making progress in rewriting the whole ModernBB source, into a much more advanced piece of software. Currently, we’re working on striping down the features and making the core more simple. Then we’ll add everything again. Currenlty, we’re spending a lot of time on the design, the front-end is being reimagened and so is the Backstage (however, we’re not quit happy with it’s design). The front-end is looking good for now. Anyway, we do recommend to not use the Vanellope software on this early stage of development.

ModernBB 2.1.0 “Zoe” now available

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!

Luna 2.0.12, 2.1 Preview 5 and Typography are here

A new Luna, a new theme

We’re happy to announce the availability of Luna 2.0.12 and 2.1 Preview 5. 2.0.12 is a security release, but has a few other minor improvements too. In Preview 5, we continue to move forward with modernizing Luna. And this preview does that in some major ways. Not only are we introducing a fresh looking new default theme, we’re also working hard on modernizing the logic below. Preview 5 is a major update compared to the previous previews, so let’s get started!

Luna 2.1 Preview 5

Typography

First of all, meet our new default theme Typography! Typography, as the name implies, heavily leans on typography as its main design element. For the first time since 2015, we’re introducing a new default theme (and the fourth time since our first release with ModernBB 1.6 (from Air to Random to Fifteen to Typography).

Fifteen has served its purpose well and even got a major redesign in Preview 4 to support Bootstrap 4, but with Luna 2.1 we are deprecating it, as well as Sunrise. This means that both themes won’t be included in the next major version of Luna.

Note that this is still an early version of Typography and there are still plenty changes coming.

Fifteen & Sunrise

With the major redesign for Fifteen and Sunrise in Preview 4, we also spend some time on refining the updated themes with Preview 5. This includes some more design refinements to better match with the new Bootstrap 4 framework and updates to support the new theming APIs that are part of Preview 5.

Earlier we announced that Fifteen and Sunrise would ship with Preview 5 in an entirely broken state, this is no longer the case. Fifteen and Sunrise should work as expected (at least, for as far as it is to be expected in an alpha).

Developers: easier theming

Preview 5 introduces a bunch of new tools for theme developers. Most notable is the fact that Luna now provides themes with raw data rather than info put in HTML and CSS. This allows for better customization and less reliability on Bootstrap.

  • Pagination is now returned as an array of Page-objects instead of a variable with pre-written HTML and CSS with Bootstrap classes.
  • Notifications are now returned as an array of Notification-objects instead of a variable with pre-written HTML and CSS with Bootstrap classes.
  • The usermenu is no longer generated by Luna, themes now have to take care of it by themselves, complex URLs are now provided through the Menu object.
  • The menu is now passed to the theme as an object with an array of objects, the menu items can be acced by calling $menu->getItems(), which will return an array of items.
  • Anything that isn’t a Luna config item that is relevant to the footer can now be found in the $footer variable for the footer template. The $footer variable returns a Footer-object with relevant statistics about your board.

This is just a small revamp of the theming engine, and more is to come in Preview 6.

Theme settings

When changing the theme, there is a chance that your new theme has a different number of accent colors available. This is not a problem if there are more accent colors, but if there are less, it becomes an issue: your board’s default setting and your user’s custom setting may be set to use a higher accent color than the theme provides. Starting with Preview 5, Luna will now reset any setting that might violate the number of available accent colors for the new theme. Right now, Luna will reset this number to 1, in a future preview it will be possible for themes to set a default value.

Emoji

Todays preview also continues the emoji improvements. This time around, we’re updating our emoji support to use the more modern notations like “:smile:” as can be found on other platforms like GitHub. If your forum is running Luna 2.1 Preview 4 and earlier and upgrades to Preview 5 or later, your board will continue to support the old “:)” notation, etc. The new notation is the only notation for new installations, however.

Additionally, Preview 4 required emoji like “:p” to be declared as both “:p” and “:P” to work as expected, in Preview 5, emoji are case insensitive which means you can get away with a single declaration.

Censoring & emoji

Up until now, you had to change each censored word or emoji individually then do the next. With Preview 5 you can now update all lines at once and save them all together.

Profile & settings

Today’s new preview also includes a major rewrite of the profile section in the front-end. We’ve rewritten entire thing to use the User object, including all validations and storage functions. The Profile is only one of the first pages to start using a more OOP-minded structure and more is to come. This will also help in our move to PDO.

MySQL & PHP support

Luna 2.1 is dropping both the MySQL and MySQL InnoDB drivers. MySQL has been considered deprecated for a while now and PHP 7 removed it entirely. Given that MySQL Improved and MySQL Improved InnoDB should be available on any system, these old drivers have now been dropped.

Additionally, Luna 2.1 will require PHP 5.4 or higher, this is up from PHP 5.3 for Luna 2.0.

Other changes

  • A bunch of icons in the Backstage have been changed to better represent their page
  • Bootstrap has been updated to version 4.1.2
  • Font Awesome has been updated to version 5.1.1
  • A number of emoji have been remapped to better represent their meaning
  • Luna now correctly redirects you after setting a new theme
  • Proper HTTP errors during maintenance and errors
  • When updating, fields are now correctly dropped from the database
  • Cleans up a number of old PHP checks
  • Removes a number of checks and function fallbacks designed for PHP 5.3 and or lower
  • Fifteen’s “online users” list now works properly again

Known issues

  • Fifteen, Sunrise and Typography have a number of visual issues
  • Luna will reset the theme to Typography
  • First Run will be enabled for everyone who disabled it and disabled for everyone who enabled it

More to come

We still have plenty more changes to come in the new previews. Here is a short list:

  • Further revamp of the theming APIs
  • Allow themes to set a default accent color
  • Support for local videos in comments
  • More Typography improvements
  • Icon packs
  • (Investigate) moving to PDO
  • Font Awesome 5.2
  • Bootstrap 4.1.3

Luna 2.0.12

We’re also releasing Luna 2.0.12 today. This update contains a number of fixes and enhancements, including one security fix. We highly recommend you update to this version.

  • Introduces support for modern emoji shortcodes as found in Luna 2.1-alpha.5
  • Some emoji have been remapped to better match their textual counterpart
  • Proper HTTP errors during maintenance and errors
  • Luna no longer returns the password when a registration error occures
  • When updating, fields are now correctly dropped from the database

Final remarks

As always, make sure you have a back-up before updating to Luna 2.1 Preview 5 or Luna 2.0.12. We test these versions but of course we can’t test for every single possible outcome.

Website updates

And yet again, we’ve made more adjustments to the documentation for Luna. You’ll find that we’ve begun expanding the “Extend Luna” section for both themes and translations. Many more minor changes have been made throughout the documentation and for Preview 6 we will further expand on theming, and we will begin expanding the Mainstage documentation as well as preparations for future versions of Luna.

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