MAN, is it nice to be back to real forums again!
The major change from the previous forums is that the forums and main website are no longer integrated with another. This means that logging into the main site to leave a comment and logging into the forums to post are two different logins instead of the same one, like before. This wasn’t a direction I wanted to go, but after the old forum plugin blew up in my face, it became inevitable*. To compensate for the annoyance of having to login twice for what should be a unified website experience, a login is no longer required to comment on home page posts (anyone found abusing this convenience will ruin it for everyone else, FYI).
I did migrate the existing accounts, so if you already had an account through the main VoN website, your username and password will work for logging in here. I changed a few usernames to match main in-game toons – if you were one of these people, you got an email explaining this. I didn’t move anything other than username, password, and email address – you’ll need to redo avatars, websites, signatures, birthdays, etc. These things can be entered by using the User Account Control link at the top right, under our custom website header. If anyone forgets their username, you can email me at admin @ vanguardofnorrath . com; forgotten passwords can be reset using the forgot password link on the login page.
It was my original intent to migrate the content of the old forums as well, but, we’re going to have to start from scratch**. The encoding used by the old plugin is different than phpBB, and my MySQL skills are not up to the challenge. The good news is that quite a bit of the old info was out of date, so now we have a shiny new canvas to be ridiculous all over.
NOTE ON POSTING YOUTUBE IN THIS FORUM: There is a “youtube” button on the left directly above the post window. Copy and paste the entire video URL, then highlight the URL and click the “youtube” button.
Here are the forums you should be able to see if you are…
Not logged in – Can view Public Discussion (General Discussion, Squishy Stuff) and Game Modifications (Game Resources and all role forums). Cannot post.
Registered user, not in guild – Can view and post in Public Discussion, can view Game Modifications.
Registered user, in guild – Can view and post in Public Discussion and Game Modifications as well as Guild Forums (General Discussion, Raiding, and PvP).
Guild officer – Can view, post in, and moderate Public Discussion, Game Modifications, and Guild Forums. Can view and post in Officer Forums.
If any of the above are not functioning as intended, please email me immediately at admin @ vanguardofnorrath . com.
* For the nerdier members of the audience – The forum plugin blew up when I installed a routine update. There wasn’t a rollback version that I could find, and – even better – the company that wrote it had gone to a pay-if-you-want-anything-but-just-the-software model, which was a horrible new surprise. I’m talking, NOTHING but software without a paid subscription, including documentation and support forums. I was really pissed. Once I got phpBB3 installed, I tried every plugin I could find to integrate the forum and WordPress logins, but none of them worked or even appeared to be stable or recently supported. So, we have this.
** I do still have all the old stuff stored in the database, I just don’t have a neat way of exporting it to these forums. If anyone really needs something from the old forums, email me at admin @ vanguardofnorrath . com