Basenotes Version 5 (2006)

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Although we had upgraded the forum to the latest version of YaBB, the site wasn't coping too well with it. What the site needed was a proper forum which ran on a proper database.

Enter, vBulletin. Their website claimed:

vBulletin is a powerful, scalable and fully customizable forums package for your web site. It has been written using the Web's quickest-growing scripting language; PHP, and is complemented with a highly efficient and ultra fast back-end database engine built using MySQL.
vBulletin is the ideal community solution for all medium-to-large sites​

In 2006, vBulletin was the forum to have. It was expensive for me ($160), but I'd had a bunch of people buy a Basenotes Supporting membership by then, so I could actually justify the cost.

New forum, means new rewrite.

Now, I'm going to try and avoid getting technical, but the forum was now in a different programming language to the rest of the site. The new forum was coded in PHP, and the website was coded in PERL. Obviously it would make sense for me to learn PHP, so I could integrate the site better with the new forum.

Nope. Let's carry on using two separate systems and kinda fudge them together.

We also got a new logo!

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No major differences to the directory pages, though there is now the ability to tag fragrances. (delicio.us had launched by then and tagging was the coolest thing. Along with tag clouds, and people saying Web 2.0)
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Ah, Basenotes Community on vBulletin 3.5:

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The version of vBulletin we used then is regarded by many as the best version of vBulletin. There are still some sites running on heavily modified versions of it.