I've cleaned and improved a bit the demo section in order to show easily some DaDaBIK features.
I've also made a downloadable version of the demo. This can be a good learning tool, looking at the configuration/settings you can easy learn by example how to get the same result. Instructions on how to install the demo included in the downloaded file. Available just for MySQL.
yes, difficult to believe but true!
DaDaBIK is powerful and easy to use but the GUI has always been something that could hurt....
Why? Because I'm too nerdy to take care about GUIs? No, just because having limited time I've always preferred to spend it improving the features set and fixing bugs.
But your long wait is over, some days ago I discovered by chance a very nice DaDaBIK graphic customization made by Erik Pöher; I firstly started to implement that GUI but I ended up developing the GUI from scratch, in part inspired by Erik's work. Here is the result: demo (user: demo1; password: password).
There is still space for improvement (better warning/error messages for example) but I think it's much better than before. Let me know what you think.
Another important improvement: magic_quotes_gpc set to On is not anymore needed.
There are also several bugfixes, as you can see from the changelog; some new bugs were also dscovered.
a new forum is available! I finally decided to continue using phorum (www.phorum.org) as software, mainly for two reasons:
- they provide a script to convert my old forum data
- even if it doesn't provide all the features that some competitors do, it focuses on reliability, simplicity and customization and for this reason I feel it very close to the DaDaBIK philosophy. They also have an amazing support.
All the old user accounts are still valid. You have now some of the modern forum features, including avatars, private messages and so on...
I still need to embed the forum into the Web site layout and find a solution for a problem: in many posts there are links to other posts, but those links don't work anymore because phorum 5 uses a different way to call a post via URL.
Anyway, enjoy it and let me know problems/bugs!
I need to switch to a new forum software, any advice?
I will probably keep the old one read-only, or, if possibile, epxport the messages.
My needs are:
- open source
- easily embeddable in the site layout
- rank system (for user and post)
I have to spend a couple of words talking about the donation campaign: since I posted my appeal to donate in order to allow the project to continue (more or less three weeks ago) I received 18 donations.
I am very happy about your answer. Really.
Several donations are small but no problem, I think that the act of donating is still very important regardless of the amount. The "donation economy" is something that could really change the way software (and other things) is created and distributed and we should really get used to try it (both passively and actively) to understand if it can work.
Here is the list of our heroes (not complete, I haven't got all the permissions to publish)!!:
HISPANIC SEARCHING S.L.
Many many thanks guys! Please continue! :)
I also want to tell a big "thank you" to RHX, the italian software and hosting company that since many years ago is providing Web hosting and domains to DaDaBIK for FREE. These guys strongly believe in Open Source software and they demonstrate it with facts.
Ok, second thing: a new release of DaDaBIK will be available soon, together with a new Graphical User Interface! :-)
Very last point: DaDaBIK is now on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DaDaBIK I still don't know if I will use it just as a reminder for the posts published in the main site or for something different, anyway…follow us! :)