Woltlab announced their release of Woltlab Suite Core 3.0 & Forum 5.0 last week. We still wanted to change the layout a bit, and so I played with their demo before deciding to upgrade.
This upgrade involves changes to the style&layout, forum structure as well as the primary language.
Upgrade to Woltlab Suite 3.0 including Forum 5.0
Our forum license was still valid and so the upgrade did not cost us any money (would've been around 45€ for an upgrade, fresh license costs 90€).
The upgrade itself went smooth except for a nasty bug with the language template. More on that later.
I had to remove the board subscription plugin which was not compatible anymore. Woltlab integrated the functionality into the native application.
Woltlab Core with Dashboard is now separated from the Forum application. In case you're wondering about the URLs: Dasboard uses /cms, Forum uses /.
I've added Github as external auth application. This is experimental for further tests with spam prevention.
Reorganised forum layout
The biggest change involves merging Icinga *, Nagios into the Projects category. This hopefully allows you to easily identify your installed monitoring tool and navigate to the forum to ask your question.
I've also added a new category called Integrations. This was requested in this thread, and I took the category name from how we call it in Icinga. Now you'll have Log Management, Metrics & Graphs, Config Management and Containers & Virtualization.
The new style is based on the default Woltlab style. It changes the colouring template and adds a new logo (which requires credits found on the Thanks page in the footer menu), The mobile layout looks even better too.
One thing which did not go well - I had to remove the German language templates, keeping the forum language in English only. Details for my bug hunting over the weekend can be found here. This probably also solves the visibility of threads if you accidentally removed English from your account settings.
While this is only for the look&feel, I'd also like to encourage everyone taking part of this community to write your posts in English. Users from all around the world will appreciate it.
Hope you like it - feedback much appreciated