NEW NEW NEW:
First of all, thank you for everyones patience while the forum was offline this evening (Tue 29/03/16). We were down for about one hour and a half from 7pm to 8.30pm, much less than anticipated as the upgrade went smoothly with little issues or problems.
So why upgrade?
The upgrade was necessary for several reasons, but the main are:
Better security: Version 3.1.8 enables a host of new security improvements to the forum itself and individual users.
Stability: This version is the most stable version of phpBB available, enabling a better and much more smoother user experience than ever before.
Added features: Newer features (see below) will allow The Australian Weather Forum to continue to grow and adapt as technology advances.
Old system: Our previous forum version was out of date and close to being non-supported.
What's different? Anything new?
Most of the upgrade is behind the hood and in our system, however there are some notable changes. We're sure you'll enjoy them.
Layout: The general look and feel of the forum has been updated, made more modern and easier to navigate.
Mobile/Tablet Compatible: One of the biggest new features is the compatibility with mobile phones and tablets - the forum should now fit much more perfectly onto those screen sizes, making it easier to post and navigate if you're not using a computer or laptop.
Announcements: We can now notify users of any scheduled maintenance or upgrades, plus any important messages, via a red banner at the top of our forum. It is in use now.
Quick Links: This can be found in the top left corner, and will display shortcuts to any new or unread posts and topics that you may have missed.
Notifications: You can find this in the top right hand corner, next to "Private Messages" and your profile. You can receive notifications for things such as being quoted in a post, to a new post being made in a topic you've subscribed, and more. You can manage your notifications by clicking on "notifications" and then going to "settings".
Contact Us Form: A new section for anybody to get in touch with us via a form. Can be found at the bottom of the page.
The best thing is to explore the new forum to get a feel for the new features, but much of what you'll see and use remains the same.
If you have any specific feedback about the new version, feel free to leave in a reply here. We're happy to receive positive and negative feedback, we want to know what you think. And if you have any questions, also, feel free to ask.