As you will undoubtedly have noticed, the main CarlssonPlanet has site has been refreshed with a new look, new features, and a new modern background platform that will help keep it up to date and ready for the future. One of the main things is that both the main site and the forum is now built with smartphones and tablets in mind, visit the site from your own mobile device to see for yourself!
You can read more about what is new with the main site at this link.
At the same time, I've gone ahead and upgraded the forum software to phpBB 3.1.6, which comes with a host of new features and improvements, some of them are listed below.
The photo album feature has been impacted due to this, I've written a separate topic about this, please refer to it for an explanation and to ask any questions.
I'd like to get your feedback on the new main site, the forum, any issues you have encountered, and so on. I've create a dedicated topic for this, please use this to provide your feedback!
News in phpBB 3.1
- Responsive Theme
Our default style, prosilver, has been completely overhauled to ensure a modern experience on all of your devices. Give it a try on a tablet or smart-phone.
- Notification System
Easily configure how you prefer to be notified about various events, such as when you are quoted in a post. The new extensible notifications feature lives in the header of every page and provides a centralized place to receive alerts and other information.
- OAuth Login
Register and login using your Google, Bit.ly, or Facebook accounts. Extensions can easily add other authentication services.
- Unmatched Security
Nothing is more important than keeping your data safe, and our record speaks for itself. In the past four years, there have been no reported vulnerabilities in the phpBB software. Meanwhile SMF, vBulletin, IPB, and MyBB have had an average of 10, and as many as 16. That's an average of 10 more reasons to choose phpBB. And just to make sure, we hired a professional security company to audit the entire phpBB 3.1 codebase.
- Soft Delete
Posts and topics can now be removed from public view without being permanently deleted. You can determine this behaviour per user or group.
- Improved Global Announcments
Global announcements are now tied to a specific forum, greatly simplifying permissions.
- Improved Teams Page
The new teams page is highly customisable and sorted by groups.
- Contact Page
Visitors, including guests, can now get in touch with the board administrator by using the built-in contact page.
Traditionally with phpBB, even simple operations like deleting a post or reordering forums have involved multiple requests and full page loads, which was slow and heavy on bandwidth. We've added AJAX functionality to a lot of these simple operations, making them faster and easier to do.
- Improved Navigation
Redesigned and laid out to provide better UX/UI. The addition of menus to group similar functionality. Improved consistency across the design. Completely reworked buttons leveraging CSS rather than images.
- HTML5 & CSS3 Enhancements
We're now using the HTML5 doctype and CSS3 to modernize the codebase, reduce the number of requests made to the server, and speed up page load times.