From the old to the new. I upgraded SlapShot.net.nz this evening from SMF 1.1.14 to the latest bbPress plugin for WordPress. I’d been running an out of date, unpatched, insecure SMF installation for well over a year now. Plus I haven’t been doing any backups of it. By moving it to the bbPress plugin I can now run it on the same infrastructure I use for the rest of my sites and hence keep things a little more under control. SMF isn’t quite as feature rich as I’d like, but I understand WordPress a lot more and have infrastructure and systems in place for handling it, so the cost on my time will be much less. My other option was to kill off the forum, which I really didn’t want to do, even though it’s mostly a ghost town these days as people have migrated towards Facebook to discuss hockey in NZ these days.
Here’s the default look of bbPress. Unfortunately at this point the topics/forums appeared to be a bit munged. Thankfully it fixed itself later on in the importation process.