- Aug 18, 2019
First off I have been doing this for decades (early 80s if you count BBSs). My first venture to a purely online hosted community was using UBB 5.x (UBB was the leader back then). Back then it was a flat file system, and with my site growing we pressed the envelop and developed a MySQL backend for UBB. As the site grew and we adopted more function/features, it was apparent that there were issues with modifying the code and features "colliding" making additions that much more difficult sincvre you had to modify the core files back then. Being a forward thinker and seeing what other software packages were developing, I proposed a plugin system for UBB back in 2002 (my other moniker 1QuickSI). Being that this is right in the middle of vBulletin v2 development and I am sure JelSoft had a bullseye on InfoPop back then and have always wondered if this post by me sparked vBulletin to start developing such a system? This is the 21st year for my site to be online...
Would be interesting to see UBB to use plugins where you run a config script and just add what you want. An example of what I am saying is done by SqirrelMail. Download your plugin into a directory, run the config, select the module and your all set.