After a successful launch of the new ehMac there are bound to be some teething problems and some people are just not going to get used to change.
ehMax and I wanted to assure all of you that we are working around the clock to address concerns and fix any problems that arise. Please remember that a change to a new dedicated server that is in our control (not the ISP) and a completely new bulletin board program are not always as smooth as we always wish it to be.
The new system was running extremely well for us up until 10:30 last night when it went down. After looking into the logs we know what the problem is and are taking measures to fix it. Hardware can give you trouble at times... we've all been there.
As for the new software, ehMax decided to move to vbulletin for a few reasons:
1. It is database driven. The older UBB system was flat files, Not very efficient. Searches took along time and ate server space.
2. More feature for those who wish to take advantage of them
3. Integration with other programs. Witness the new classifieds and gallery. These programs give us new and better abilities yet share the same user system so you don't have to get a new login and password.
Change is never easy.
We are creatures of habit. However I would like to remind some of you that we look at the new ehMac sorta like the switch to Mac OS X: At first its really weird and confusing but after the initial shock you discover new things and learn to appreciate its advantages. Many years ago I remember a saying I heard: "Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten".
Oh and about the look and feel: Our main concern with the new board by launch day was to get the old user database, post, threads and the new classifieds and gallery up and running ASAP. The last thing we did was the look and feel. This will change over time. We're sorry that some see it as brash with all the red. We will try and tone it down but that will take some time. This new system has so many features that tweaking it is time consuming. The old UBB software was minimalist to say the least and getting this system toned down is a goal.
Please bear with us during this change. And as always, please provide us feedback in the feedback forum!
ehMax and MacGenius