Blogging System Upgrades As some of you may be aware, over the last year I've been working towards making our software compatible with XF2. XF2 is a new, re-written version of Xenforo (the forum software WF is built on) which offers scores of improvements and is required for our long-term growth and sustainability. The biggest things holding us back from the XF2 upgrade is compatibility with existing software modifications and re-writes of our custom code. The blog system was one of the biggest such roadblocks. It's more used, and is far more popular than other areas like the articles and gallery system. The software it's built upon is no longer supported, so it's been difficult to find a blogging solution that will preserve our content and allow us to upgrade to XF2. I finally found an excellent solution to replace the blogging system, which means we are one major step closer to making XF2 possible. This system should retain all current blogs, comments, and most features. Even better, it is actually a huge improvement. Features Create Blog Entries, Categories, and Comments Cleaner, Smoother Design Watch Blogs New Entry and New Comment Feeds Share Links Tags Other New / Bonus Features Mobile Friendly (tested myself) Option for Community Blogs Option for Secondary, Separate Blogs Option to Create a Discussion Thread for Blog Entries Option for Featured Blogs on Blog Homepage Ability to Sticky Blog Entry Ability to Rate and/or Review Blog Entries Plus just everything we currently have, I believe. I've included some screenshots from mobile to give you a better idea of the interface. There are certainly more features available, I'm still doing testing. But I'm sure this is the solution for us. Financial Considerations This blogging solution for XF2 is a paid solution, which means we will need to find a way to pay for it before we can upgrade. Within a few days I'll be creating a thread regarding the XF2 upgrading planning process and financial requirements, which I will link to here once they are available. A paid solution is not all bad: it's from an extremely reputable developer, one who is constantly developing his code, and one who consistently releases high quality products. A paid solution also means software support and continuous development, both of which we lacked with our current blog set up. Presently, this User Blogging System is not available publically, only offered privately / to early adopters. I'm in talks with the developer, and it sounds like he will let us purchase a license. The cost to upgrade our blogging system is $120, but based on the options available, it's actually a steal (it may solve the issue with migrating our Article system as well). Before we can make progress in this area towards XF2 we'll need to buy a license, which will require community help. The Process Most likely what will happen is this: if we can raise enough money to find the blog add-on, our blogs will be converted to the new blogging system on our current installation (there's a XF1.5 version). This could happen anytime, even before the rest of XF2 development. This would allow everyone to test and get used to the new set-up, before additional extensive site-wide upgrade. Then, once the rest of the site is ready for XF2, we will upgrade the forum software to XF2, then the blogging system to 2.0. About This Thread I started this thread to let everyone know where we are regarding migrating the blogs, and to let our blog users know what was planned. I don't want to start community fundraising until I have a action plan acceptable to the community, and ideally a rough timeframe as well. I mentioned in another thread I'm focusing on incremental changes for XF2. When it comes time to start the process, the blogging system should be the first. It's something available and we can prep now. Let me know what you guys think regarding potential fundraising for the blogging system, any issues your foresee, and keep an eye out for my other threads. Questions, Feedback, Concerns I'm also looking for feedback from those of you who use the blogs the most. Are there features you value that I forgot to mention? Let me know, so I can be sure to address them. One potential feature loss is the ability to customize a blog entry. I'm still looking into this (it may be possible). I hope this isn't a deal breaker to those of you who frequent the blogging area, but I welcome feedback on the issue.