Nice of you to notice that something big has happened to our website. Well, technology overtook us once again. It’s been a part of our history over the last 10 years and no doubt it will happen again in the next 10 years.
Bikes On Show started life as a PHPBB 3 forum website, but sadly the forum software we based it on was not well protected from spammers and hackers, so we ended up having more junk being put into our forums than real posts. So five years ago we did a huge migration of the site into Drupal 6.
Sadly, the developers of Drupal have decided that Drupal 6 is now at the end of its life and will not be supported beyond the end of this year, which means no more security updates so the hackers and spammers will find cracks and start to destroy our website again. There was no easy upgrade path to Drupal 7 or 8, so we’ve opted to migrate the site to WordPress.
This means our forums that have been evolving for the last 10 years are gone. We’ve done our best to migrate the best of the forum posts into blog posts and attribute those to the original authors. You can still add comments, which is not that different to a forum. But it’s not the same.
If you’d like to see the forums start again from scratch, let us know by commenting below. If there’s enough interest we’ll add BuddyPress or another community module to the site.