We've been making some progress off-and-on towards moving the DonationCoder website to a CMS.
The plan has been to leave the forum as is, and move the rest of the site, which is currently native hand-coded html, to a CMS system. We decided on WordPress since our needs are limited and we want to prominently feature a multi-user blog.
However, recently I have been considering whether our best way forward for the long haul might be to bite the bullet and migrate the entire site INCLUDING THE FORUM, to a unified solution, namely Invision
which is a commercial forum system that has serious content management features, including a nice Software Download repository.
The focus of the Invision suite matches our needs quite well -- including multi-user blogs and the aforementioned download repository, which is as close as any i've seen to what I think we want here at DC.
There would be some substantial work involved in migrating over, but we would be able to bring over all of the old forum posts and users, so nothing would be lost in terms of content
. But there would be some serious rewriting needed of some of the custom mods we've put in place (like donationcredits system), and we could expect some bumps in the road and a learning curve, and some inconveniences while we got our footing, etc.
It would be a pretty dramatic change though -- equal parts exciting and scary.
The SimpleMachines forum system has served us *really* well over the years.. It's been wonderful. But one advantage to the move would be that we are currently using SMF v1 which is going to eventually become obsolete -- and we will eventually (how far away i dont know) have to do a somewhat painful migration no matter what.. to SMF v2 if nothing else. Sometimes migrating to a new system has the advantage of cleaning out the years of built-up crud.