Why did we have to suddenly have to become like OzGolf or Golfwrx and any other number of golf forums. Not saying I don't like the new format, but what was the reason for change.
Our "old" forum software was purpose built almost 5 years ago- that is antique from a web perspective! To do a new purpose built forum would be extremely costly. We opted for an "off the shelf" version to get the benefit of tried and tested and to get new upgrades as they occur. A review of over 25 forum software was undertaken, finding one that could handle 1mil + posts plus have the options and functions the readers requested. We narrowed to 3 and then tested with thsi version being the best of what we felt ticked all boxes.
Yes it may have a standard look as those other forums but no real way around that at moment. By doing this we also have now opened the door to several new website upgrades including a full site overhaul later in the year.
The site speed should now be an issue of the past.
Thank you to everyone for their patience while we worked through the process of changing this forum. Its been months of discussion and subsequent work. IT Guy has done a great job, the owners fully on board and committed to the site more than ever before, and more to come. There will of course be little bugs and issues as we all learn this new software.
Please keep posting here with anything you are having issues with.
PS Felt like Christmas morning waking up to this finally being completed.