So here's the big list of differences from PH 1.0 to PH 2.0!
- A ton more space
Stretch out! We've increased our database space by 20 times. (Our old hosting provider maxed our SQL Server out at 500mg. Most people have this on their cell phones these days! )
- Better software
We've switched from Community Server 2.0 to phpBB3. We had an old, buggy version of Community Server. Their license structure changed and made it very expensive to upgrade. Now we have the most recent version of phpBB, which is robust and time tested. phpBB is an industry standard and has a VERY large community available for support and upgrades.
- Better hosting service
We've switched from GoDaddy to BlueHost. GoDaddy was a very affordable entry-level solution, but performace was inconsistent, upgrades were very expensive, and they did not allow database backups. BlueHost is much better for us.
- No more rich text editor
One downside of this new site is we no longer have the nice rich-text editor we used to have. On the old site you could see the format of what you were posting before you posted it. Now you have mark-up codes (BBCodes) that do the formatting for you. You don't see the results until after you hit "Preview" or "Submit". (To be honest As nice as the rich text editor was on the old site, it definitely had its problems.)
- Adding photos to posts
The process for adding a photo is completely different. I'll be adding some instructions on how to do this. I'll add the link here after after I've created them.
- Better photo galleries
At the time I'm writing this there are no photo galleries on the site. However, the gallery we will will be a big improvement over the old ones. I think we'll find a lot of folks wanting to use them over flickr or smugmug. We'll see.
- Lot of little differences
A lot of the small stuff is different too - how to change the order of posts, hiding and showing forums, smilies, your user settings, avatar, etc, etc. We'll all muddle through the differences together!