[I’ve just posted this on our blog] This Tue, 4 May, I am planning to upgrade the forum software to the current version of phpBB3.
As in previous upgrades, you can expect:
us to backup the entire database the night before the upgrade – when the actual back up occurs, the site goes down for 5~10 min. If the upgrade fails, I may “rollback” to this last major database backup, thereby losing posts that were made to Forumosa after the database backup
the forums to be suspended for a few hours on Tue – like in the last 2 software upgrades, there is an automated upgrade process that we speed through, during which the software analyzes itself and then creates a new set of replacement files composed of the new files and its modifications.
About 20% of the files will probably require I look at them manually – this is the time consuming part – and then resubmitting the changed files to the system to make sure all the required changes are in place. Each of the last 2 upgrades had at least one file that just wouldn’t cooperate, but I chose to “ignore” it and took my chances by using it anyway. If I believe the forums become more vulnerable because of an incomplete upgrade, I will rollback to the last major database backup.
me to re-open the forums when the core software is upgraded, even though cosmetic changes are not in place yet – including the banner zones, BBCodes, the event calendar, the sitemap, certain links. Your bug reports and reminders for the return of certain features are especially useful at this stage. NOTE: there will still be the chance that we rollback to the previous night’s major backup if we are not satisfied with any element of the new software. Expect this re-stocking step to last a couple of days.
a switch in default template to Prosilver - the Forumosa theme template will still be around, but Prosilver will be the defaulted theme. Native-tongues.com is helping us develop a new prosilver theme, but in the meantime, we’ll use a standard prosilver until theirs is ready.
If you see software problems, please note the following: