Topic: PunBB 1.4
We are delighted to announce that PunBB 1.4 has been released
List of changes from 1.3:
Support for international domain names (has to be turned on in the config)
Fixed censoring for Cyrillic and Unicode
Support for MySQL InnoDB and SQLite3
Faster sampling of messages in large topics
Numerous improvements and optimizations in Oxygen
Simplified Login, Registration, and Search forms
Automatic user time zone detection on registration
New profile fields: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn
Automatic redirection turned off by default
Dropped PHP 4 support. Minimum required PHP version is 5.0
Additional settings for turning on/off the list of moderators on the home page
Additional features for extension developers
Last visit time added to user profiles
Message sending on CTRL+Enter added
Subscription to topics added
Web server (preferably, Apache)
PHP 5.0 or newer
Database: MySQL 4.1.2 or newer, PostgreSQL 7.0 or newer, or SQLite 2 or 3
Download the archive containing the latest version of PunBB, 1.4.
Copy the archive contents to the forum folder on the web server (e.g. /home/user/example.com/punbb/).
Open the main forum page in your browser and follow the instructions.
Upgrade from 1.3
NOTE: Make a backup of your current forum folder before proceeding. Also, don't forget to make a backup of your forum database. Use mysqldump for MySQL and pg_dump if you are using PostgreSQL. If you're using SQLite, just make a backup copy of the SQLite database file. You can also make database backups via most administration tools, such as MySQL Administrator, phpMyAdmin and phpPgAdmin.
Turn the Maintenance mode on via the admin panel.
Disable all extensions via the admin panel.
Overwrite the old files with the new ones.
After owerwriting, verify that the cache, img/avatars and extensions (for pun_repository) directories are set enough write permissions (usually 777 or 755).
Clear the cache directory.
Go to the forum index and run the db_update.php script (this may take a while to finish).
Update all the extentsions.
Turn on all the updated extensions.
Turn the Maintenance mode off.
List of extensions compatible with PunBB 1.4
Please avoid using extensions written for PunBB 1.3. Such older extensions may cause problems with your website's speed, security, and stability. At the moment, we are rather limited in terms of resources, so we have only updated and are now supporting the most important and popular extensions.
The info about the latest registered user is updated once every 30 minutes.
We have reports about broken upgrades with SimpleScripts - do not use this method for upgrade.
Switch off or remove the pun_repository extension: it hasn't been updated for PunBB 1.4
To fight off spam, turn on registration confirmation by e-mail in your forum settings and set up the Fancy Stop Spam extension
After installation, switch off (set to 0) the redirection timeout
We haven't tested this forum version on Microsoft Windows servers ourselves, but we had reports about it working nicely on that platform
We are grateful to all those who helped us test the new version and sent us bug reports.