What's coming up for WeHeartIU

Discussion in 'WeHeartIU' started by Matt, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi everyone.

    Many of you will probably have noticed I haven't been very active round here in recent months. I have to thank WHI staff - especially InvU, -Hope, squishyblob, Frappeno and our mods - for their hard work in keeping things alive in my absence.

    The good news is I'm now back with renewed enthusiasm and lots of ideas of how to improve WeHeartIU in 2013. I want to share some of them with you now so you all have an idea of where we're heading.

    New server

    I'm sure a lot of you have noticed that the site has been running very slowly recently. This is partly because we have outgrown the server we are using and partly because our server configuration isn't properly optimised. I'll be addressing both of these problems by moving the site to a new server in the coming weeks. The new host is a specialist in forum optimisation so they will be able to assist me in getting the maximum performance from the new setup.

    I'll also be trialling the use of a CDN, which should significantly improve the speed of the site for those of you who are geographically far from the server.

    New forum software

    At the same time as we move server I will also be coverting the forum software from IP.Board to XenForo.

    I have been uphappy with the development direction of IPB for a long time now. It is bloated and slow and very unfriendly to use, both as a member and an admin. The version we're running is actually several versions back from the latest release, as in my opinion the newer versions don't add anything worthwhile but do introduce nasty new bugs.

    XenForo is a much nicer system to use and has an excellent developer community creating addons which I think will really help make WHI a fun place to be. Once we've converted I'll talk more about the new features.

    Importantly, XenForo is also much more efficient with server resources, so combined with the server upgrade the site performance should be massively improved.

    Big style changes on the horizon

    When we change to XenForo I will convert the existing forum layout so the site will look fairly similar to what you see now, apart from some updated graphics. However we have big plans for a dramatic change, one that will be unlike any other forum-based kpop fansite you've seen.

    This is going to involve a lot of learning and work for me and WHI's graphic artists, so don't expect it any time soon - we're looking at a timescale of several months. But by writing about it here I'm committing myself to seeing it through and actually getting it done at some point!

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    Of course, in just a few days now IU will be ending her extended hiatus as her new drama begins to broadcast and her first original Japanese album is released. I hope the improvements we are planning for WHI will help us to continue to be the best place for international fans to support her as she makes her comeback.
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  2. AB33

    AB33 Hearters

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    wow thank you all for your hard work ^.^
    i'm looking forward for the new version :D
  3. jieunism7

    jieunism7 Hearters

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    Thank you weheartIU staff for all the hard work you put into this site :D we really appreciate it^^ I'm looking forward to the new weheartIU. WEHEARTIU FIGHTING IU FIGHTING!
  4. Bananaaaa

    Bananaaaa Graphic Artists Staff Member

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    Many exciting things coming guys! :) Definitely worth looking forward to!
  5. Raiden

    Raiden Hearters

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    Sounds like a move in a good direction.
  6. chaizzer14

    chaizzer14 Hearters

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    Nice move Admin :)
    Looking forward on new WHI
  7. InvU

    InvU Uploaders Staff Member

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    Please visit often and look forward to new look of WHI :) stay tuned!
  8. tasse

    tasse Hearters

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    Ooh seems exciting, I can't wait!!
    Thanks for all your hard work! :)
  9. IUmushimushi

    IUmushimushi Uploaders Staff Member

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    Thanks so much for your hard work WeHeartIU staff! Will look forward to the new improvements. ^_^
  10. jimspawn

    jimspawn Hearters

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    I definitely look forward to a brand new WeheartIU in coming month, this year is gonna be another amazing year for IU and WeHeartIU!!! IU & WeHeartIU hwaiting!!! :D
  11. vunguyenphan

    vunguyenphan Hearters

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    Thank you, admin. Just go ahead as you planned :)
  12. KiwiHiwi

    KiwiHiwi Graphic Artists Staff Member

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    so excited, it's gonna be epic :D
  13. aishiteruaiyu

    aishiteruaiyu Hearters

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    Rooting for WHI's latest upgrade! :) How can I extend my help in running/modding the site? I'll be glad to help should you need an extra hand. :D
  14. ThoroughbredRock

    ThoroughbredRock Hearters

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    Hey sounds really cool I'm looking foward to it ;) Just a question...Will our private emails be ok through the move?
  15. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member

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    If you mean private messages then yes, they will all be imported into the new software. :)
  16. ThoroughbredRock

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    Hey TheFly, That's awesome, you run a great site by the way and I'm sure with all these upgrades it's gonna be fantasic
  17. HarUkaZe.NeuL

    HarUkaZe.NeuL Hearters

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    WOW..i just can say this is GREAT,,thankYOUUUUUU :wub
  18. itsjustleon

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    Thank you so much for the hard work! I'm sure when all these changes are rolled out, it'll be a great place for IU fans to gather! :)
  19. Viviana Choo

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    WOW~~~ fantastic~~~ ur team make a great job~~ <3 <3 <3 saranghaeyo~~ LOL ^^ :razz:
  20. dantat

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    sounds good, can't wait for the new update :)

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