New forum is live

Hey guys;

Remember my last post where I talked about a new forum? Well after testing with a few forum hosting providers and a forum software, I decided to settle on a forum software that I used in the past, PHPBB3. From the date that my last post was published you may notice that when you click on the forums link on the navigation bar it takes you to a forum. Well I originally intended for it to by my new permanent forum, but decided to scrap that idea in favor of the self-hosted forum.

Now, you may ask…why did I go back to using a standalone forum software instead of a forum plugin for WordPress? My answer is, although BB Press makes for a good forum plugin and is certainly quite popular, the feature set available is extremely limited. No attachments, post reporting or private messaging out of the box, and…I think it wasn’t really meant to compete with dedicated forum software.

Also, you may ask…why PHPBB3? Well…I don’t really have an idea. I was at first still deciding between PHPBB and MyBB (the one I use to use before switching to intigrated forum solution) and SMF. One thing I was looking for is the ability to easily install extensions and remove them easily, and an automatic update system similar to WordPress, but none of them seems to have that, although in the case of PHPBB the release notes for the latest version (3.2.0) did mention that the update process will be simpler than the older versions.

But still, if even the new forum is not being used, I may eventually remove it completely, effectively stripping this website down to the bone. Also since this website rarely receives comments or show signs of activity (and when there are comments, they’re usually just some random spam comments), I’m considering whether to even keep this website online. Currently I’m paying about 5000-6000 Thai baht per year just to keep this site going. Even my personal blog received very light traffic, but for the blog I’m using a free service, so cost is not a factor. One solution to resolve the inactivity issue of this site, though, is to merge my personal blog with this site. This means exporting all posts from that blog and importing them into this site. This effectively combines both my personal blog and this site into a single identity. The advantage is that, by doing so I would be forced to use this site to post my life updates, and since I tend to do that quite often this would make keeping this site alive worthwhile.

Anyways, that’s it for now…

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