Switching From Commercial PHP Forum Software
I saw a post about a minecraft community looking to migrate from a non open source forum software and decided to paste some of the details here.
Note: I removed the forum software name since I don't know what the policy is towards that.
Below is part of the message that was posted.
What would it take for me to change from [ ] to [ ]?
Custom pages: It's important for non-coder like me to create and edit custom pages. For [ ], I have to hand code the home page via my limited knowledge of HTML/CSS. I don't mind doing HTML, as long that the UI is good enough so I don't have to mess around with CSS.
A clear financial roadmap of how [ ] developers will raise money, spending on testing/servers/etc.. so you guys can keep doing what you are doing and grow the community. This is important because a software can be there for the long term if it has strong financials. It's good for me to feel that [ ] will be there for a very long time, and you guys are not afraid to ask for financial help in the community.
Compatibility with CloudFlare (especially with their Rocket Loader bug). I know this is CloudFlare's fault, but somehow Rocket Load helps load site very fast. And I like it fast. ;)
Simple text editor: I recently learned Markdown language so I can somehow write it normally. But newbies wouldn't be able to.
Working with external storage (AWS S3, Google Cloud Storage, etc...)
Feel free to pass on their info to us (firstname.lastname@example.org), we'll reach out to them.
Just some quick thoughts:
- Custom pages via plugin
- No, NodeBB does not work with CF. Websockets are blocked and Rocket Loader causes all sorts of shenanigans with NodeBB. Disable acceleration and use CloudFlare as a DNS proxy only.
- There are workarounds, like routing websockets through another domain. This is unsupported, but should work.
Minecraft is my jam! If they decide on NodeBB, I'd be happy to make any minecraft-related plugins. (email@example.com) (I do Java too.)
@julian email sent. Hopefully they decide on NodeBB and not the other forum software. ;)
@charles Are you a part of that community? If so, definitely put a good word in about NodeBB, and have them reach out to us! We'd be happy to discuss those questions with their forum admin one-on-one.