January 29th, 2019
UBB.threads v7.7.1 was released today (with v7.7.0 released on the 22nd); in this set of releases a new MySQLi database handler, PHP7 support (up to PHP7.3) has been introduced, and Smarty2 support has been completely dropped What does this mean in the real world? Well, this means that the UBB.threads v7.7.0+ release tree has the fastest performance of any release to date. With each new PHP build scripts execute faster, especially with old code being rewritten with optimization in mind. We have immediate availability for upgrades, please feel free to Request a Quote! More Information on PHP Benchmarks Kinsta: The Definitive PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 7.3 Benchmarks (2019) Zend: PHP 7 Infographic Centmin Mod: PHP 7.3 vs 7.2 vs 7.1 vs 7.0 (PHP-FPM) Benchmarks
January 21st, 2019
The UBB.threads System Requirements Test script has been updated, the 20190121 release has the following changes: Added an option to not parse the config file when the path is populated; this will allow a version check without a full configuration file parse. Added a MySQL Version Check when the path is populated, this will display your MySQL Server version in the Additional Information area. Retooled the min/max version version check to display a combined warning when the system doesn't support UBB.threads. Added a tick to switch the list style, current options are now 0/Bullets, 1/Fancy Indicators (FA Coffee Mugs), 2/Numerated, 3/Roman Numerals Lowered the check value of max_execution_time to be at least 30 seconds (from 60 seconds). TLDR; You can now have a version check without a full configuration parsing, check your MySQL version, added a version check for the v7.7.0 release which includes PHP7.0-PHP7.3 support, more list formats, and a lower max_execution_time check.
January 1st, 2019
The UBB.threads System Requirements Test script has been updated, the 20190101 release has the following changes: Major retooling of the UBB.threads Configuration Parser Build now displays at the top of the page. System checks for PHP7 and PHP7.1 for UBB.threads v7.7; there is a check for builds of PHP7.2+ which are not currently compatible with UBB.threads. System checks retooled for PHP7 support. Added checks for MySQLi Connect and MySQL Connect Added min/max reporting to the System Requirements section Added ImageMagick binary path detection Added an Insert Break function which will break long strings (URLs) on the page where necessary. Code and display cleanup Retooled the maximum upload size allowed, should always show the correct value. TLDR; The configuration parser now reads all strings in your configuration vs just those known values, you can clearly see the version you're running from the header, checks for PHP7 support in the upcoming v7.7.0 release, added checks for the M…
October 15th, 2018
We have been working on updating our Order System this week here at VNC Web Services; this new system will allow us to make updates and entries without having to manually having to edit files; plus uniformity over the order system. If you find yourself unable to utilize the new system, please feel free to Contact Us and we'll push any orders through manually.
August 28th, 2018
I'm happy to announce that there is a new release of UBB.Sitemaps, UBB.MemberMaps, and the UBB.threads System Requirements Test Script out today! The developer notes are as follows: UBB.Sitemaps No longer in Alpha as the script has been tested extensively on many server configurations. Added a listing of all forum names (type 7), which is linked from the Sitemap Index page. Added an option to not display the frequency line. Added an option to not display the lastmod line. Added an option to not display the .html extension for sitemap files. Added support to always produce HTTPS (SSL) URLs (useful for sites on a CDN where the local server may still try to produce non-HTTPS links when using wildcard HTTPS urls). Added support for including the UBB.threads configuration for sites running UBB.threads from the webroot (not in a folder). Added support for specifying a domain (useful if your UBB.threads install is on a subdomain and you wish to have UBB.SiteMaps located on your main domain).…
May 9th, 2018
We will be having site maintenance on May 10th, 2018 for much of the day; at any time this site may be completely unresponsive. The upcoming changes are related to PHP7/MySQLi compatibility, as well as some new features and a newer code base (our Content Management System is completely in house, and changes between sites are generally synced yearly). Our Facebook Page and emails will be unaffected by this maintenance window. May 10th, 2018 Update: It looks like, after a minor unplanned UI redesign, the maintenance is about done. I've changed the site to use a sub-block vs a second side bar, which allows more readability of content as its less cramped. I'll need to check the changes to individual systems (updating code can occasionally introduce some bugs), but things appear to be working as they should at this point.
November 22nd, 2017
Isaac and I are working on finalizing UBB.threads v7.6.1, and should hopefully have the code out within the next couple of weeks. Quite a bit has been tackled in this update, you can take a look at the Official UBB.threads Announcements forum at UBBDev for a complete rundown, but I've cherry picked some items out of the progress reports: Support for Google's reCAPTCHA Ability for admin's to disable mobile capability Identified and fixed a bug with the UBB.threads built in CAPTCHA New Styles (Isaac really went out of the way to make some beautiful mobile friendly styles) Lots of Control Panel work, again Updates to system libraries (with the Smarty library update we may see an influx of modded forum bug reports, since it's a lot more strict about coding being in the templates) The My Stuff and PM Indicator have been moved to the top right of the page where the username displays Image uploads to Galleries and Attachments are now compressed to allow users to upload large files and not ki…
January 14th, 2017
We have fixed several bugs on our site management system today, one of which being a bug which would not allow users to Submit a Client Testimonial in our Client Testimonials system, which identified a potential error with all system notifications. The identified issue in this would only occur when there was no staff member accepting notifications; a simple fix was to default that behavior to the site admin, versus just checking for members who have notifications turned on; this will be pushed out to our various network sites momentarily.
October 7th, 2016
Several substantial updates have been made to the site base code, but it'll take some time to sync all of the existing features to the existing code; as such, there will be some severe display issues during the weekend of October 10th, 2016. The most notable of the new updates bring a new mobile detection system, a full SSL based site, and several large site display changes (items are now far easier to read), among other new features. Update (10/09): This has been a long weekend of updates, but most everything should be completed and finalized at this point.
June 15th, 2016
I, like many of you, have had my fair share of email bounces; whereby your forum sends notices but you just get a not found error back from their former mail host. After years of dealing with these messages, we set out to find an option of dealing with these users, to stop bounce backs. UBB.threads can be set to disable sending mail to users, and with the help of some cleaver PHP coding we've devised a method of dealing with users Our UBB.threads Bounced EMail Processor script. This script will check your target email address (preferably over an IMAP connection, limited testing has been done over a POP3 connection) and will either generate a list, add users to a group, or just set their mail preferences to not allow communications. Best of all, we coded this script with the ability for you to set a crontask to automatically run on a schedule; so you could setup Cron to automatically process the mailer bounces whenever you'd like (we'd recommend weekly or monthly checks). We've pack…