Growing up to the newest release 2.2
, miniBB starts its 6th Anniversary
with the surprisingly new forums layout. This time it's not only different from the competitors, but also provides more flexibility, usability, still keeping "simple over simple" concept. It continues to develop "the forum software for ages" idea and we hope you will find it exciting.
We have taken into attention all the most important user-friendly opinions which were received during past years of work. During the last 3 months we were working on the new layout schema harder than ever; as a result you you see what you see: step of the perfection inside the simplicity.
Please note that newest version provides an option for switching to traditional forums layout, where forums listing is followed by Recent Discussions, like in previous miniBB releases and like in most traditional forums software. Old-style templates are also distributed amongst newest release; however if you make a switch you will see how "postwhine" the old-genre layout is comparing to the modern...
Core script changes are very minor this time; the most important fix affects the "integer bug" disclosure, which still can't be called critical and which was already fixed in all our add-ons some time ago. There are also small fixes regarding add-ons compatibility, few non-critical bugs fixed and added couple of new BB codes: for quoting the messages (finally we have decided it is useful for most users) and highlighting the block of the message; for example it could be a programming code or other kind of content which needs to be separated from the main posting text. There is a bit of improvement for PHP6 and the valid XHTML - now we are sure all miniBB generated pages come even without Tidy warnings; if you have HTML Validator add-on for Mozilla Firefox installed in the Serial mode, you should always see there is a "green" icon indicating a proper XHTML for each section of miniBB forum. Important change of the core templates, files and in the future add-ons will include replacing !pix.gif
justification image to p.gif
: as our experience shown many client programs do not like exclamation sign in the filename, that's why we have decided to avoid it despite it brings a lot of work.
Welcome to download, upgrade and test the newest miniBB release
and report your comments and suggestions. The upgrading process description is a bit long and I will not post it here (despite the older-version users must only update core files and do not update their templates). Refer to the Updating History package's file
!UPDATE.txt for more information.
Newest miniBB PHP core files should fully support older templates and styling, and the package referenced above may be useful only for those who would like quickly to revert to the older layout. For this just download the newest version and replace all files provided in the package. Having this version you will be able to apply older CSS skins and use some of the add-ons until they are not updated to be fully compatible with the newest release only.
We will continue to work on updating the language packs (yes - there is just one word added, but it's mandatory for every default pack), as well as updating the add-ons and the older skins so they are compatible with the new layout.
We will issue an announce about it later.