A bit more than a year passed since the latest miniBB release.
Today we have united all the collected changes, suggestions and requests into the new version, 3.1
Which means, the project is still on hold.
What's important in this version:
[-] mysqli support
. Now miniBB will gradually switch to a new connection module (setup_mysqli.php
), because the older mySQL will be deprecated in PHP starting from the version 5.5. This will be used as default from the 3.1 release. Currently, we run miniBB project completely on mysqli, including the primary website and support forum. In 3.1, there's still provided the older mysql module's support (setup_mysql.php), as many users most likely will keep the earlier PHP as long as they can: switching to mysqli or PDA, sometimes the whole website should be re-coded, for many this will be a tough task. Also, it's quite possible PHP developers could change their minds and recode mySQL in some way to continue to support it because of requests. There've been also updated many add-ons and tools, now supporting both support of mysql and mysqli (the list follows).
[-] important change in more sophisticated "not found/gone/forbidden/moved" headers handling
(resp. 404/410/403/301 headers). Now it should fully meet IETF internet standards, like described here
. This would also bring more SEO effect
from Google and other search engines, since this makes the verification of missing/forbidden/moved URLs more precise.
in the registration/profile update processes; sending emails; search; administrative panel; and some more
Besides of the official package, we also have updated demo page
, and miniBB website now completely runs using mysqli
chain. We also appreciate the sponsoring help of Is My Website Penalized
website in this release.
Up to this moment, there are also updated some add-ons and tools meeting the support both for mysql and mysqli:
- Determine Fields
- now it will make possible to use either mysql or mysqli
- Database Upgrading script
- for switching from very old versions of miniBB to the recent one, now also possible to connect via mysqli
and 1st Page News
Add-ons - now will relay on $DB setting instead of pure mysql
- User Month stats
- will use an extended command either mysql or mysqli
- Multiple Topics Action
- iframe script will now relay on $DB setting.
- Favorites 1.2.1
will now support both mysqli and mysql.
As always, you need to follow Updates' History for proper upgrading of your forums. Download the whole list
, take a look at the very bottom of the file, starting from the line
Changes comparision: 3.0.3 - 3.1
There is mentioned each new file to update, and the way of updating it.
More add-ons updated will follow in October. I will mostly add the security option to all file-upload-related add-ons (scanning for PHP tags in binary files); some of them will be also fixed and improved. I will post notes on this process in this thread. By now, you are welcome to install and test the core version.
Stay tuned, and thank you all for the patience of waiting for so long time.
Hopefully this release will be as stable as the previous version!
Enjoy using miniBB :)